Dr. Leeann (Sutherland) Adams

LeeAnn Adams has been an educator since 1980, beginning her career as a high school teacher, joining the faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 1991, and UM's School of Education faculty in 2002. LeeAnn’s expertise is disciplinary literacy, focusing on curriculum, pedagogies, and practices that support all students in learning science content, and in learning the multiple Discourses required to be lifelong learners. LeeAnn was a Principal Investigator of the NSF grant and a member of the team that developed Activate Learning's IQWST (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology) middle school curriculum, as well as an NSF grant to develop an interactive, digital version of IQWST based on principles of Universal Design for Learning. She continues to play an active role in K-12 curriculum development, and in conducting PD related to science learning. LeeAnn holds a PhD in Literacy, Language, and Culture from the University of Michigan, in addition to degrees from Aquinas College and Alma College.