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District 191 tech director selected as ‘Outstanding Central Office Administrator’

Doug Johnson portraitDoug Johnson, the director of technology in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, has been selected as the 2018 Outstanding Central Office Administrator – Metro Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA).

The annual award honors two non-superintendent MASA members (one from a metro district and one from Greater Minnesota) who are central office administrators exhibiting excellence in leadership.

Johnson received this award for exhibiting a willingness to take risks, possessing strong communications skills, being a progressive change agent, and having high expectations for himself and others. He was honored at the organization’s statewide conference in March.

Since he joined District 191 in July 2014, Johnson has assisted in the successful passage of a $25 million technology referendum levy, initiated a 1:1 technology program in grades 6-12, and implemented GSuite for Education, Schoology, MyOn Reader, and RapidIdentity SSO. The district was able to create a new position of digital learning specialist in all of its 10 elementary buildings to teach both students and staff about digital citizenship, technology skills and resources, and harness the power of MakerSpaces.

Under Johnson's leadership, the district has supported the use of computer programs for interventions and as adaptive devices for special needs students. The district has partnered with businesses and other organizations to create their own “geek squad” and to obtain a grant for 200 Internet hotspots that can be taken home by students who are financially disadvantaged.

Johnson has served as a professional educator since 1976, serving in a variety of capacities including classroom teacher, and school librarian. Johnson earned his master's degree in Library Science from the University of Iowa. He received a bachelor's degree in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Johnson has been an active member and leader in many professional associations and organizations including the American Association of School Librarians, International Society for Technology in Education, Minnesota Educational Media Organization, MASA, Rotary and Kiwanis.

He has written nine books and more than over 125 articles and has created seven columns in long-running national publications. His Blue Skunk Blog at http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com averages over 50,000 visits a month. He has conducted workshops and given presentations for over 200 organizations throughout the United States and internationally.

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:04