Johanek photo screen shot 2017 10 30 at 4.32.21 pm
Michael Johanek
Biographical Information

Dr. Johanek is a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), University of Pennsylvania, where he is also Director of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership; Co-Director of the Inter-American Educational Leadership Network; founding Director of the Penn Educational Leadership Simulations (PELS) Program; and affiliated faculty for the International Educational Development Program, and Education, Culture and Society Division. He teaches as Profesor Invitado Internacional at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


Before coming to Penn in 2007, he served as Vice President of Professional Services for Teachscape, a for-profit blended technology services company, where he managed all service engagements nationally. He is the former Executive Director for K-12 Professional Development, The College Board.  A former high school teacher in Cleveland, New York, and Lima, Peru, he taught in and managed the Fellows in Teaching Program and Urban Fellow Program at Teachers College, Columbia University prior to joining the College Board.

Dr. Johanek currently serves on the board of The Loyola School (NYC), and on the Advisory Group for the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (AGITEN), Organization of American States; he previously served on the Advisory Council of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership and on the board of Research for Action, a non-profit organization engaged in education research and evaluation. He has recently served as a peer reviewer for AERA, UCEA, Educational Researcher, Theory and Research in Education, Journal of School Leadership, the History of Education Society, and the Fondo de Investigaciones Educativas (PREAL). He co-founded Ed Leadership Sims, LLC, and founded Sapience, LLC, serving on the boards of both. He has taught at NYU and consulted for school districts.


With Sigal Ben-Porath, Johanek is completing a book for University of Chicago Press that will provide philosophical and historical perspectives on school choice in the U.S.   With Spencer Foundation support, he is investigating the history of an urban neighborhood organization and an extensive charter school network in Chicago.  He co-teaches a MOOC, “American Education Reform:  History, Policy and Practice,” with John Puckett.  With Susan Lytle, “Torch” Lytle, and Kathy Rho, he is editing a volume of practitioner research in educational leadership, forthcoming on Teachers College Press.  Johanek serves on a research team with Catholic University colleagues in Chile regarding principal assessment, and was awarded a Fulbright grant to support his work there.


Distinctions at UCEA
2013-2014 PSR
University of Pennsylvania
2014-2015 PSR
University of Pennsylvania
2015-2016 PSR
University of Pennsylvania
2017-2018 PSR
University of Pennsylvania