As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities. Sam's primary research focus is on social learning processes and the use of online and blended learning to support peer-to-peer knowledge transfer. She has conducted design-based research in the fields of mental health care, human services, criminal justice and education in order to find out what various workforces need to continue to learn when engaging in personally and professionally challenging work.
Before joining CAST, Dr. Johnston was a Senior Associate and Distance Educator at the Center for Social Innovation (c4si), leading the company’s online learning strategy. She also helped develop a blended learning curriculum for criminal justice and behavioral health professionals to create community-based alternatives to jail for individuals with serious mental illness.
Sam serves on multiple advisory boards and has delivered workshops and keynotes nationally and internationally on UDL in postsecondary and workforce settings.
- National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning
- Career Exploration and Readiness Environment for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CEE-STEM)
- Open Professionals Education Network
- Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities
- Inquiry Primed: An Intervention to Mitigate the Effects of Stereotype Threat in Science
EdD, MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA, McGill University
Johnston, S.C., & Rose, D. H., Print and Its Disabilities. Exceptional Children in Today’s Schools, Fifth Edition. Edited/authored by Ed Meyen and Yvonne Bui. 2017. Pro-Ed.
Connell, M.W., Johnston, S.C., Hall, T.E., Stahl, W.M. (2017) Disconnected Data: The Challenge of Matching Activities to Outcomes for Students with Disabilities in Online Learning in Journal of Online Learning Research, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1148588.pdf
Johnston, S. C., Greer, D., & Smith, S. (Spring 2014). Peer learning in Virtual Schools. Journal of Distance Education (28)1.
Rose, D.H., Johnston S.C., & Vanden Boogart, A. (Winter 2013). Eds. Technology and Dyslexia Part 2. Perspectives on Language and Literacy (40)1.