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Mindy Johnson

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Instructional Designer, Social Media & Communications Strategist

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Mindy Johnson participates in the formative development and research of technology-based universally designed learning environments and websites.  She also provides knowledge and expertise in the use of social media, collaborative tools and a strong interest in gameful design in educational contexts. Mindy also coordinates the social media efforts of CAST, the UDL Center, the AEM Center, UDL On Campus, and co-founded #UDLchat, a bi-monthly Twitter chat focused on Universal Design for Learning.

Prior to joining CAST, Mindy was a high school special education teacher in Chapel Hill, NC, providing direct instruction to special-needs students and co-teaching in inclusive classrooms with content-area teachers. During this time she also developed and delivered in-person and online curriculum for teacher professional development workshops in her school and district. She has also worked as a teaching fellow at Harvard University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, receiving the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in 2005 and 2006.

Mindy volunteers for the Inclusive Learning Network leadership committee for ISTE. In 2015, Mindy received the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network's Outstanding Educator Award. She has also worked at the Boston Museum of Science as an instructor and mentor in their Overnight Program, planning and conducting hands-on science workshops and activities for elementary school-aged children and assisting newer instructors with workshop planning and teaching strategies based on Universal Design for Learning.

#UDLchat: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays on Twitter | 9-9:30pm ET / 6-6:30pm PT

Inspiration

I find a great deal of inspiration from my social media-based personal learning network. Twitter is my primary means of communicating with other fantastic UDL advocates, evangelists, and newbies. #UDLchat, held every first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:00-9:30 pm ET is an ever-expanding group of exemplary educators committed to supporting each other in implementing UDL in every learning environment. Join us and expand your own PLN!

Watch Mindy's Intro to UDL

As part of ISTE's Inclusive Learning Network leadership committee, Mindy helped create an 18 minute video overview of Universal Design for Learning for the group's free SOOC (Small Supported Open Online Course) on UDL and Apps.

Projects

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities

Education

EdM, Technology, Innovation & Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA, Sociology, William Smith College

Selected Publications

Nelson, L.L., & Johnson, M. (2017). The role of technology in implementing universal design for learning. In M.L. Wehmeyer & K.A. Shogren (Eds.), Handbook of research-based practices for educating students with intellectual disability (217-234). New York: Routledge.

Rappolt-Schlichtmann, G., Daley, S.G., Lim, S., Lapinski, S., Robinson, K.H., Johnson, M. (2013). Universal Design for Learning and elementary school science: Exploring the efficacy, use, and perceptions of a web-based science notebook. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105(4), 1210-1225. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0033217

Price, J., Johnson, M., & Barnett, M. (2012). Universal design for learning in the science classroom. In T.E. Hall, A. Meyer, & D.H. Rose (Eds.). Universal design for learning in the classroom: Practical applications. New York: Guilford Press.