Zhang Zhiyong was born in September 1963. He holds a PhD degree in education and is a recipient of the State Council Special Allowance.
Dr. Zhang was deputy director of Shandong Provincial Institute of Educational Research and is deputy director general of Shandong Provincial Education Department. He is also a National Education Inspector, member of the Expert Committee on Teacher Education of the Ministry of Education and Expert Committee of the National Center for Educational Development Research, visiting professor of Beijing Nominal University and National Academy of Education Administration, and president of Shandong Provincial Teachers Education Society. Dr. Zhang has extensive experience in the research, reform and administration of basic education. He stresses the importance of emotional education, and advocates innovative teaching methods. Moreover, he put forward the idea of "morality is the basis for great wisdom", a new theory in moral education that calls for a return to human nature, basics, real life and practice.