Joe serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education working with Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (MCDPEL) faculty, students and alumni as well as supporting the Penn Center for Educational Leadership (PCEL). Joe also serves as a national family-community engagement advisor to the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. Before moving to higher education, Joe served as K-12 Project Manager for Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership in the North Penn School District in Lansdale PA. Joe served as lead learner at Knapp Elementary School since 2007 before taking on the district edtech role. He has spent his career working with students, teachers & families as a 3rd grade teacher, bilingual assistant principal, middle school vice-principal, an elementary principal, while serving as a TV studio producer, webmaster and technology integration coach in each setting. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dissertation topic: Principals' use of social media to strengthen home-school partnerships.
Joe's blog was originally created to share ways educators can use innovative tools to complement face to face communications between home and school, and do this in a transparent and collaborative way. Since completing his dissertation, the blog is aimed to serve all things teaching, learning & leadership. It's the relationships that matter, and Joe's work is aimed at meeting stakeholders "where they are" with a focus on technology and social media tools to complement face to face interactions.
Joe and his wife Lauren, who serves as an autistic support teacher, live just outside the city of Philadelphia with their two-year old son Mark and pit bull rescue Oliver.