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Dr. @Joe_Mazza

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 blogging initiated back in 2011 to learn and share new ways educators are using innovative tools to complement face to face communications between home and school - doing this in a transparent, inclusive and collaborative way. Since completing his doctoral dissertation on social media and connecting communities, Joe has broadened his own learning and research across teaching, learning & leadership cases. It's the relationships that matter, and Joe's work is aimed at meeting stakeholders "where they are" with a focus on high & low tech innovation while exploring today's evolving social media tools. More on Joe's website, c64kid.com.

Joe and his wife/fellow educator Lauren live just outside the city of Philadelphia with their kids Molly, Mark, (and pit bull rescue) Oliver.

Areas of Interest: 
K-12 Leadership,
Family and Community Engagement,
Technology integration,
Higher Education,
Leadership Development,
Teacher Preparation,
Global Competency,
Student Voice,
Teacher Leadership,