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Professional Conversations for Women in Boys' Schools


Jawana Johnson

Jawana M. Johnson

Jawana M. Johnson serves as the chief achievement officer (CAO) for the Eagle Academy Foundation (EAF). As CAO, she provides leadership coaching and capacity building. Johnson offers school and district leaders strategic solutions, targeted instructional support, and planning for succession and crisis management. She cultivates partnerships and resources to advance achievement across the Eagle Academy network of schools. EAF develops and supports a network of all-male, public, college-preparatory schools serving grades 6-12, located in challenged, urban communities where young men are educated and mentored as future leaders committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement, and community service. EAF’s Eagle Institute promotes these principles nationally through collaborative partnerships and capacity building support to schools, districts, and other organizations seeking to increase opportunity and access for Black and Latino boys and young men and to dramatically improve their academic, social, and life outcomes. Through the Eagle Institute, Johnson drives strategic programming, designs external partner engagements, and leads school and district-level executive coaching.

For nearly 25 years, she has served as an educator and school leader, affording her diverse experiences including serving as the principal of the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter High School and participating in the trailblazing New Leaders for New Schools Aspiring Principal Residency Program. Johnson worked in the New York City Department of Education as an assistant principal, including the first Eagle Academy for Young Men located in the Bronx and teaching chemistry and living environment (biology) in Brooklyn, Harlem, and the South Bronx. Through these experiences she cultivated her love for teaching and developed a passion for empowering young people to use education as a lever for access and change. The desire to serve and increase opportunities for young people drives Johnson to continue this challenging yet rewarding work. In the wake of the national racial reckoning and post-pandemic landscape, she is now focused on COVID-19 recovery efforts through the prism of diversity and equity, disproportionality, engagement strategies for boys and young men of color, culturally responsive leadership, relational leadership and change management. She hopes to deepen the impact for students of color, improve school infrastructure and systems, and influence policy change.

Johnson earned her doctorate in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on organizational and instructional leadership, secondary principals, African American women, intersectionality, and influence. She holds two master of arts degrees: one in educational leadership from Baruch College of the City University of New York and the other in secondary chemistry education from New York University, where she was a Goldman Sachs Fellow. Johnson earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Duke University. She is New York State certified in school administration and supervision and school district leadership.

Johnson is actively engaged in her community. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serves as interim board chair of Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, and is a founding board member of Black Ed-fluencers United (BE-U). A Brooklyn native, Johnson mentors many young people and professionals.