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Carrie Usui Johnson
Carrie Usui Johnson is the Director of Professional Development and Partnerships at UCLA Center X and is entering her 20th year in education as a teacher, district curriculum specialist, coach, and university partnership director and administrator. Through her work at Center X, Carrie has supported the development of a highly regarded coaching community and partners with urban schools and districts across Los Angeles County to support coaching, leadership development, and whole school transformation efforts focused on equity. As a facilitator and coach for individuals, groups, and systems, Carrie believes in the critical need for self-examination and inquiry in order to explicitly address issues of racism and inequities that can foster conversations that move beyond intention and into actions for equity.
In addition to her work at Center X, Carrie trains nationally as a Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative in Adaptive Schools and is an Agency Trainer for Center X in Cognitive CoachingSM. Carrie has co-authored a chapter on creating a Cognitive CoachingSM network in the book, Transformative Talk: Cognitive Coaches Tell their Stories, as well as authoring articles regarding coaching and mentoring for the National Writing Project and California English, the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English. More recently, Carrie served as first author for a chapter that tells the story of the creation of a community school in South Los Angeles that will be published in a book about the work at UCLA Center X. Carrie is a National Board Certified Teacher in English and has her Master in Arts degree from UCLA in Asian American Studies.