Improving Canadian Indigenous Student Success: Three Martin Family Initiative Projects

Of the approximately 1.5 million Indigenous People in Canada, 50 percent are under the age of 25 — they are the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the country. A real concern for Canada is the low Indigenous high school graduation rate; the non-Indigenous high school graduation rate is about 90 percent while the Indigenous rate is about 50 percent. The Martin Family Initiative (MFI), … Continue reading Improving Canadian Indigenous Student Success: Three Martin Family Initiative Projects

3 Top Myths About Kids with Learning Disabilities (LD)

Learning disabilities are more common than most people think, but widely misunderstood. It is widely believed by educational psychologists that more than one in 10 people in the general population (children and adults) have a learning disability. Myth: Learning disabilities occur in people with low intelligence. In fact: a learning disability can only be diagnosed in someone who has average or higher cognitive ability. Many famously successful … Continue reading 3 Top Myths About Kids with Learning Disabilities (LD)

Founder’s Legacy Continues Through Scholarships for UPS Employees’ Children

Volunteering with the Special Olympics has given Shelby Leonard of Fort Myers, Florida, a glimpse into her future. The Florida SouthWestern State College student hopes to become a pediatric nurse “to help all types of children, especially those with special needs,” she says. Shelby recently wrote a thank-you letter to the Board of Directors of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation for awarding her a scholarship to … Continue reading Founder’s Legacy Continues Through Scholarships for UPS Employees’ Children

Diversity in Health Professions: 3 Ways Dalhousie is Looking to the Future

Graduation season may be over, but here at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation we’re still enjoying the many stories we hear about students whose lives were transformed because of the scholarships, programs and organizations that we help to fund. As the newest member of the JSF team, I was excited to hear about a milestone for our grantee partner Dalhousie University. The school recently celebrated the … Continue reading Diversity in Health Professions: 3 Ways Dalhousie is Looking to the Future

Summer Program Aims to Help Students with Disabilities Transition to College

On June 18, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Center for Disability Access and Resources (CeDAR) welcomed 32 students to the 2017 Summer College Study Skills Institute (CSSI). This program is an alternative admissions program for students with disabilities designed to acclimate the students to the FAMU campus while focusing on providing them with study skills that will lead to their collegiate academic success. The … Continue reading Summer Program Aims to Help Students with Disabilities Transition to College

Concentrating Focus for Results

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation stresses the importance of adhering to a strategy to achieve results. We concentrate on education for disadvantaged people so that they may obtain better employment and a better life. Over the past few years the most expensive of our discretionary programs has been the Johnson Scholars Program at the Palm Beach County School District. It has averaged nearly $400 thousand annually … Continue reading Concentrating Focus for Results

The Fading American Dream

Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University and has been recognized by the American Economic Association as the best American economist under age 40. His current research focuses on equality of opportunity: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding? Professor Chetty’s research shows that the American dream of upward mobility is fading. An American child from a … Continue reading The Fading American Dream

How Leading with Empathy Can Create Positive Change

As an educator, it is important to pay attention to the latest research and trends related to effective instruction. As a special educator, this may be particularly important. But as an administrator, I often find myself relying heavily on my own observations and findings from “the field.” Working as an administrator of an elementary school serving deaf and hard of hearing students, children are often … Continue reading How Leading with Empathy Can Create Positive Change