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Tom Adams

California Department of Education
Deputy Superintendent, Teaching and Learning Support Branch
Thomas Adams, Ph.D., was appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Teaching and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education in December 2015. Previously, he served as Director of the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division and as Executive Director of the Instructional Quality Commission, the advisory body to the State Board of Education on curriculum and instructional materials.

Dr. Adams has played a pivotal role in improving education for California’s students by developing curriculum frameworks and instructional materials and by overseeing the adoption and implementation of California Standards in key subjects. He provides local educational leadership as a trustee on the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education and holds a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis.