Ex-Boston schools superintendent to join Peabody as visiting professor

Johnson to teach seminar on diverse learners

The Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development has named Carol Johnson, former superintendent of Boston Public Schools, a visiting professor in its Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations beginning in January 2014.

Johnson (pictured) will teach a seminar on diverse learners to students enrolled in Peabody’s Ed.D. program in educational leadership and policy.

During her career, Johnson has focused on improving lowest-performing schools, increasing graduation rates, expanding access to quality education, encouraging professional development for teachers and school staff members and promoting learning in the arts.

“Educational leadership programs at Vanderbilt are distinguished by their emphasis on relevance, practice-based curricula and preparation for management at the highest organizational levels,” Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart dean of education and human development at Peabody, said in a release. “Carol Johnson brings a wealth of experience with large urban districts and school reform to the Vanderbilt classroom. Both students and our faculty will benefit from her insights.”

In Boston, Johnson served on then-Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet, overseeing the largest school district in the state. Under her guidance, the district focused on closing achievement and access gaps, as well as on ensuring all students graduated prepared for college and career success. During her 2007-13 tenure, Boston Public Schools recorded its lowest dropout rate in more than two decades. Johnson created new in-district charter schools and innovation schools and established a district-charter school compact to share learning across the city.

“Peabody has an international reputation for excellence in educational research,” Johnson said in the release. “I’m delighted to join a stellar team who contribute so much to preparing future teachers, educational leaders, and scholars.”

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