Professional Biography

Zachary Herrmann is the Director of the Project-Based Learning Certificate program. In this role, he develops and leads professional learning focused on teacher and leader development, innovation, and creative problem solving. Dr. Herrmann taught high school mathematics for several years, during which time he developed a collaborative professional development network of schools dedicated to improving teaching and learning with a focus on complex tasks, collaborative learning, and equity.

Dr. Herrmann also serves as a lecturer at Penn GSE, where he teaches within the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, the Education Entrepreneurship program, and the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program. One of the courses he teaches at Penn GSE is “Collaboration & Conflict,” a new course which engages students in a cross-disciplinary exploration of how people work together to solve complex problems. He also teaches management communication within the core curriculum of the M.B.A. program at Wharton, as well as within the undergraduate program.

Education

Ed.L.D. (Education Leadership) Harvard University, 2017

Ed.M. (Education Administration and Leadership) University of Illinois, 2013

M.A. (Secondary Teaching) Stanford University, 2007

B.S. (Mathematics) University of Illinois, 2006

 

Areas of Expertise

Leadership

Collaboration and partnership

Creative problem solving

Project-based learning

Mathematics education

 

Selected Publications

Herrmann, Z. (2018). Rethinking Teacher Recruitment. Educational Leadership, 75(8), 18–23.

Herrmann, Z. (2018). All educators are negotiators. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Herrmann, Z. (2017). Partner up: The role of collaboration in education. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Herrmann, Z. (2017). Cultivating classroom capabilities. TranscendEducation.org.

Herrmann, Z. (2017). Finding what’s true: A cross-disciplinary search for truth. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Herrmann, Z. & Wolf, Z. (2017). Getting beyond the teacherpreneur. Edutopia.

Herrmann, Z. (2017). Flourish by design. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Herrmann, Z. (2017). The challenge of change. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Herrmann, J., & Herrmann, Z. (2016). Game on! The six lessons teachers can learn from great coaches. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Herrmann, Z., & Kalapala, S. (2016). Consider teaching. Huffington Post, Contributor Platform.

Herrmann, Z. (2016). Teaching a future president. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Herrmann, Z. (2016). Tackling tough problems: Student leadership lessons. Huffington Post, Contributor Platform.

Herrmann, Z. (2016). Making it work for everyone. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education.