​Johnson Education Fellows

The School of Leadership of Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego (USD) is fortunate to have a young and thriving history with the Johnson Family Foundation. Since 2015, the Johnson Education Fellows Program has supported teachers in the San Diego region, from both public and Catholic schools, through professional development that focuses on how they, as teaching professionals, can best support students with learning disabilities in general education classrooms.

In year one of the Johnson Education Fellows Program, nine K-3 general education teachers served as fellows, attending two featured speaker keynotes and workshops at USD to build strategies for working with students with learning disabilities. At the end of the year, the fellows shared stories of how the program had impacted their teaching

In year two, the program grew from nine to 21 Fellows. In an effort to sustain the work, fellows agreed to attend workshops, share best practices, and teach others at their school sites what they had learned. Some led small learning groups and some provided whole staff training.

In year four, we evolved and began hosting a week-long summer institute in which teacher leaders work together to learn and plan to support inclusion at their school sites. We invite those who have participated for just one year to complete a second year and those who have already participated for two years to continue attending the speaker events. Some participants make transformations in their classrooms. Some provide professional development to colleagues and lead change at the school level. Some have facilitated growth district-wide.

In years five and six, we were able to provide the summer institute online and learned that we could provide access to those in a wider geographic range. As we continue, we aim to maintain this as an option.

If you are interested in the Johnson Fellow program, please consider applying.

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