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J.H. Johnston


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College of Education
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University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU105

Tampa, FL 33620-5650

Bachelor's: State University of New York, New Paltz

Master's: State University of New York, New Paltz

Doctorate: University of Wyoming


Howard Johnston is Professor in Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida. He has authored over 100 works on middle-level education and has presented over 1,500 invited papers, lectures, and keynote addresses in all 50 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, and more than a dozen countries in Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. In addition to nine books, he has published in the NASSP Bulletin, Middle School Journal, Phi Delta Kappan, School Administrator, Schools in the Middle, School Boards Journal, and numerous other scholarly publications.

He is the recipient of the National Association of Secondary School Principals' Distinguished Service Award, National Middle School Association's Presidential Award for Excellence, the Gruhn-Long Award for lifetime service to middle-level education, and NMSA's John Lounsbury Award for lifetime achievement. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Middle School Association and the Council on Middle Level Education for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He currently serves as a Lead Team consultant for the High School Principals' Partnership, sponsored by Union Pacific.

Selected Recent Publications:

Johnston, J. H. (May, 2008). High School Internships: Components and Models. A Review of Literature. New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Recovery School District Technical Report.

Johnston, J. H. and Williamson, R. D. (2008). Linking Principal Evaluation to Student Achievement: The Principal Assessment Development Project in the Philadelphia School District. Philadelphia, PA: The Philadelphia School District., Publication without ISSN or ISBN, Agency Published

Johnston, J. H. (2007). The Challenge of Leadership in the Middle Grades. Helios Report on Education in Florida in the Middle Years. Tempe, AZ: Helios Foundation and the Arizona State University Press

Johnston, J. H. (2007). School Safety: Planning and Prevention. The Principals’ Partnership. Internet publication:

Johnston, J. H. (2007). School Safety Part II: The Crisis Response. The Principals’ Partnership. Internet publication:

Johnston, J. H. (2008). School Safety Part III: The Aftermath of Crisis. The Principals’ Partnership. Internet publication:


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Change that Sticks: Managing the Deep Structure of School Reform


Power Point of William Alexander Memorial Lecture, National Middle School Association, Baltimore, November, 2010


South Dakota - Your Future is Here

Leadership Timeline for Promoting College Admission and Success

Paper and interactive document on actions by middle and high school leaders to assure that their students are ready for college and competitive for admission and financial aid. Presented at the Oregon University System GEAR UP Success Conference, Bend, OR, April 30, 2011.

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