2018 News

Professor appointed to Learning Disabilities Association Professional Advisory Board

David Allsopp PhD

David Allsopp, PhD

TAMPA, Fla. (June 27, 2018) – College of Education Professor David Allsopp, PhD, was appointed to a three-year term on the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).

Dr. Allsopp is professor of special education and serves as Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation and Partnerships and Endowed Chair and Director of the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on instructional methods for students with high incidence disabilities and research methods for developing and validating effective practices for students with disabilities. During his 23 years in academia, he has contributed extensively to the field of special education through research, writing, resource development and presentations.

At its 2017 International Conference in Baltimore, MD, the LDA presented Dr. Allsopp with the Sam Kirk National Educator of the Year Award for the difference he has made in the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and the field of special education. Effective mathematics instruction for students with learning disabilities is a core component of his work. Committed to using technology to enhance school and life outcomes, Dr. Allsopp co-developed the MathVIDS and The Learning Toolbox websites. Both resources offer research-supported practices, including instructional videos, for educators teaching students with learning difficulties.

In addition to numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Allsopp is co-author of five books including "Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully: Solutions for Struggling Learners" (2nd Edition), "Mathematics RTI: A Problem Solving Approach to Creating an Effective Model," and "Academic Success Strategies for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities and ADHD," which has been published in three languages including English.

“My best guides to my educational practice and my ‘educational philosophy’ are my students, both their learning-related outcomes and their voices,” Dr. Allsopp said.  “It is through them that I learn and grow and hopefully evolve as an educator.”

About the USF College of Education:
Home to more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members, the University of South Florida College of Education values high-quality education and excellence in research, teaching and learning. Through innovative research opportunities, hands-on field experiences and community partnerships, the College of Education provides the resources students need to become world-class educators, researchers and leaders. The USF College of Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.

About the Learning Disabilities Association: 
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a non-profit organization of parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities, and professionals providing support, information, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities. For further information, go to www.ldaamerica.org.