History of U.S. education; educational leadership;
school-community relationship; civic education
Michael Johanek prepares educators to lead schools, districts, and other K12 organizations, toward becoming key voices in education. As director of Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and its network initiatives, Johanek works with principals, headmasters, superintendents, non-profit leaders, and government officials from across the country. He is an expert on the challenges facing school leaders, and strategies for overcoming them. Johanek also heads the Red Interamericana de Liderazgo Educacional (Inter-American Educational Leadership Network), which brings together educators from across the Western Hemisphere. A published historian, he is now completing a book on school choice, and investigating a Chicago neighborhood organization active in school reform there over the last four decades.
Peter Eckel, writing with Cathy Trower, cautions that the traditional committee structures and operating procedures of university, college, and state system boards have not kept up with the times and can benefit from focused institutional review.
Laura Perna speaks about academics' frustrations with predatory practices in the student loan industry. "We have this structural reliance on loan servicers," she explains. "If they're not doing their job, it's a problem."