Michael C. Johanek

Senior Fellow Director, Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Co-Director, Inter-American Educational Leadership Network

Teaching Learning and Leadership Division
Academic Associates

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.