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.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”