Social and Emotional Learning Specialist
Annette Johnson serves as a district consultant to the Chicago Public Schools. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, where she teaches in the School Social Work Concentration. Her research interests are social and emotional learning and service-learning. She has a keen interest in developing school-based clinical practices that focus on strengths and assets. She has trained and consulted school social workers and school districts extensively, both locally and nationally, on social and emotional learning and innovative approaches in school social work practice.
Annette has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding elementary and secondary educational systems, having served for more than 18 years as the director of social work for the Chicago Public Schools. From 2003-2009 she was co-chair of the School Policy and Standards, Committee of the Illinois School Mental Health Partnership, which was created by the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003. This committee was responsible for developing the pioneering Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards. Annette also serves on a number of boards, including the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations, which regulates the social work profession in Illinois. She has been recognized as School Social Worker of the year by the Illinois Association of School Social Workers and also by the Midwest School Social Work Council.