Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lee Pesky Center hires new director

Evelyn S. Johnson to lead nonprofit learning organization


Evelyn S. Johnson

Evelyn S. Johnson, an associate professor of special education at Boise State University, has been named executive director for the nonprofit Lee Pesky Learning Center in Boise. She will replace David Holmes, who was appointed in October to be head of school at The Community School in Sun Valley. His appointment is effective this month.

Johnson received a doctor of education degree in 1999 from the University of Washington, where her research focused on the inclusion of students with disabilities in accountability systems. Her work on assessment for students with disabilities has included research on accommodations and alternate assessments, which, according to a press release from the Lee Pesky Learning Center, helped shape Washington state policy on these issues.


"Particularly as our nation grapples with trying to do more with fewer resources, the research that Dr, Johnson will lead has the potential to provide solutions to some of the toughest problems our schools face today, " said the center's board chair, Matthew Weatherley-White.

Since 2003, Johnson has worked as a research associate for the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities. Her work there included the development of technical assistance products to help state and local educational agencies identify learning disabilities.

"There is great potential for creating strong and productive relationships between nonprofits, school districts, institutions of higher education and the private sector that will positively impact students with learning challenges," Johnson said.

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