Education Leader Hosanna Mahaley Johnson Joins Wireless Generation

Education Leader Hosanna Mahaley Johnson Joins Wireless Generation

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Brooklyn, NY (July 29, 2009) Wireless Generation, which develops innovative technology-based PreK-12 solutions, announced today that education leader Hosanna Mahaley Johnson has been named Executive Director, Social Justice and District Innovation.  In this newly created role, Johnson will serve as a senior partner and advisor to school systems working with Wireless Generation, ensuring that these collaborations help to measurably advance district plans for improving student achievement.

 

Johnson has dedicated her career to public education, starting as a middle school math teacher in California.  She spent 8 years working on education issues in Chicago, first as Special Assistant to the Mayor and then in a succession of leadership roles within Chicago Public Schools.  As Chief of Staff to then-CEO Arne Duncan, Johnson initiated and executed policy changes to improve student achievement in over 600 schools.  She simultaneously led the Office of New Schools, which oversees the Mayor's Renaissance 2010 initiative to create 100 new community-driven schools by the year 2010.  In this role Johnson was directly responsible for opening more than 50 new and innovative small schools that consistently outperformed traditional schools and shared best practices across the district.

 

Johnson most recently served as President of the Atlanta Education Fund, where she shaped its mission to galvanize community support for accelerating student achievement in Atlanta Public Schools, and successfully raised millions of dollars to support the implementation of citywide public engagement and college success efforts. 

 

Johnson brings the same passion for improving education to her "extracurricular” activities.  She serves as a facilitator in Harvard Business School's Public Education Leadership Program, has participated in the Broad Urban Superintendent's program and is active in a number of national and local education organizations.  She also served as PTA president at Atlanta's Westlake High School, and as a member of the local school advisory council.

 

Wireless Generation CEO Larry Berger and Johnson met as inaugural Fellows of The Aspen Institute-New Schools Venture Fund Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Program, and have been discussing their shared mission of improving public school performance ever since. 

 

"I remember that when Wireless Generation was getting started nine years ago, I would ask friends for their short lists of who were the rising stars in education, and Hosanna's name kept showing up on those lists.  I've since been privileged to get to know Hosanna myself, and it is a thrill that she is joining our team at Wireless Generation,” said Berger.  "We hope to provide a new platform for Hosanna's leadership in public education and we know that her talent and expertise will be of great value to the schools, districts, and states with which we work.”

 

"I am honored to join the most innovative education firm in the country.  Public education is on the verge of exciting changes, and Wireless Generation is contributing new approaches and significant thought leadership,” said Johnson.  "Helping schools to foster teacher effectiveness and student learning fulfills my personal desire to make a difference.  I have a unique opportunity here to nurture partnerships so that they have a large-scale positive impact, helping several hundred thousand students and teachers to succeed.”

 

About Wireless Generation

Wireless Generation creates innovative tools, systems, and services that help educators teach smarter. 

With its mobile assessment software, the company invented a better way to give classroom assessments and make data-based instructional decisions.  Now Wireless Generation has broken new ground with technology that analyzes student data and customizes curriculum to individual learning needs.  Wireless Generation also builds large-scale data systems, such as New York City's ARIS, that centralize student data and give educators and parents unprecedented visibility into learning.  A Web 2.0 collaboration and knowledge network for educators propagates proven approaches across schools.  Wireless Generation currently serves more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students.  More information is available at www.WirelessGeneration.com.

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