HPU Assistant Professor Of Education Has Article Published In Journal

Posted on January 7, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 7, 2010 ? Dr. Dustin Johnson, assistant professor of education at High Point University, recently submitted an article to the “North Carolina Middle School Journal.” His article appeared in the winter issue.

The article, titled “Instructional Program Coherence as a Possible Link to Increased Student Achievement in North Carolina Middle Schools,” details the importance of instructional coherence in public schools, specifically at the middle grades level.

“Previous research has clearly shown a positive correlation between increased student achievement and proper alignment of the curriculum, instruction, standards and assessment at all levels of learning,” Johnson explains.

Johnson adds that, in his current role as middle grades and educational leadership coordinator in the School of Education, he is working on building relationships with area school leaders in an effort to learn more about the importance of developing a common set of core beliefs and learning objectives (coherence) across grade levels.

“Having served as a middle grades teacher and principal, I definitely have a strong passion for researching cutting-edge strategies that may increase the level of teaching and learning for young adolescents,” Johnson says. “My research now proves there is a need to further investigate the impact of program coherence in middle schools as well.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

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