Johnson Family Foundation, SOLES’ Department of Learning and Teaching Host Johnson Education Fellows

Local K-3 educators from San Diego area schools will deepen their understanding of best teaching practices for children with learning disabilities through a fellows program hosted by the Johnson Family Foundation in collaboration with SOLES and the Department of Learning and Teaching.

By engaging with guest scholars who will present some of the most important issues in the area of learning disabilities, the cohort of 15-20 Johnson Fellows will reflect on their teaching practices and learn how cultural and social contexts influence students’ achievement and affect their behavior. They will consider alternative and creative ways to teach and assess students and learn how to provide a more inclusive learning environment for students in grades K-3.

Johnson Fellows will receive additional support through workshops immediately following the speaker events and use an online networking medium to facilitate fellowship and collaboration among the cohort during the program. They will also have an opportunity to present their self-reflections and changes in perceptions and practice at the end of the program to a larger audience.

The focus of the Johnson program on building the capacity of general education teachers, complements many area schools' focus on building the capacity of teachers, principals and families.

Events (all events will be held at USD)

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Orientation
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 5-8 p.m.: Keynote address “Beyond Classification” and Workshop “Unconventional Thinking: Tapping Creativity to Teach to Students' Assets” by LeDerick Horne
  • Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 5-8 p.m.: Keynote address “Coloring outside the Line: Exploring Disability Representations in Children's Picture Books” and Workshop: “The Classroom as a Site of Resistance” by Santiago Solis, EdD
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5-7 p.m.: Final presentations and closing

To be considered as a Johnson Fellow, applicants must:

  • Be general education teachers (K-3) with a minimum of two years teaching experience
  • Have demonstrated an interest in developing professionally and becoming teacher leaders and change agents at their school site
  • Have shown a commitment to a long-term engagement with issues of equity and diversity.


Suzanne Stolz
(619) 260-2707


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