Aleesia Johnson

Aleesia Johnson


Indianapolis Public Schools

Dr. Aleesia Johnson serves as superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) the largest district in Indiana serving more than 30000 students. Named superintendent in 2019 Johnson has entered her second decade of service as an educator achieving success as a teacher school leader and administrator in both public charter and traditional district schools. She is the first Black woman to serve as superintendent in Indianapolis Public Schools. During her tenure as superintendent Dr. Johnson has launched the district’s ambitious 2025 strategic plan elevating the focus on high-quality curriculum strong literacy instruction maximizing fiscal resources and expanding the district’s racial equity initiatives all in the midst of leading the district through the complex challenges COVID-19 has brought to communities and schools. Dr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and African-American Studies from Agnes Scott College; a Master of Social Work in Children and Youth and Community Organizing from the University of Michigan; a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Secondary Education and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership both from Oakland City University. She also serves her community through her membership on several local organizational boards including The Arts Council of Indianapolis the Indianapolis 500 Festival the IUPUI Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees for Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Campus.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

3:00 pm
3:40 pm

Knife’s Edge: System Change in K-12

Coronado A, Level 4