Director of Digital Communications & Outreach
As Director of Digital Communications & Outreach, Mindy Johnson develops and oversees a consistent digital communications strategy for all CAST online and social media outreach to promote and extend CAST’s strategic plan. Mindy also co-founded #UDLchat, a bi-monthly Twitter chat focused on Universal Design for Learning.
Prior to joining CAST in 2005, Mindy was a high school special education teacher in Chapel Hill, NC, providing direct instruction to students with disabilities 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.
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.
EdM, Technology, Innovation & Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA, Sociology, William Smith College
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.