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Dr. @Joe_Mazza

Dr. "Joe" Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza is internationally recognized as a leader in family-school partnerships and engagement, including his service as an advisor on these topics to both the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) in Washington, DC.

Prior to serving in these roles, Dr. Mazza enjoyed a distinguished career in K-12 public education as a teacher, principal, and district office leader. After a successful career in the classroom, Joe moved into school leadership roles, including several years as principal/lead learner at Knapp Elementary School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. During his tenure at Knapp, the school became recognized around the globe as a community of excellence, specifically in the areas of family engagement, technology, and using a variety of social media platforms to extend learning for students, staff, parents, and community members beyond the walls of the school itself. Based on his successes leading the school in these and other areas, Joe was tapped to serve as the district's K-12 Project Manager for Connected Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.

Mazza has now extended his work in the areas of technology, innovation, and leadership into the business sector through his company, c64KID INNOVATIONS. Joe established this innovative, community-based and service-oriented venture as a way to support small businesses seeking to grow their client base and extend the reach of their products, services, and resources. As an accomplished digital strategist with a proven track record of success, Joe provides social media coaching services designed to meet the unique needs of the clients he serves, equipping them with up-to-the-minute information, market research, and innovative (high and low tech) strategies they can use to maximize their productivity.

Mazza earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he earned a Master's Degree from National Louis University and a Bachelor's' Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Joe and his wife, Lauren, live just outside Philadelphia with their children, Mark and Molly, and pit bull rescue, Oliver. Please connect with Joe via Twitter and/or Voxer (@joe_mazza), his Facebook Community (, and email (

Additional Information:

Dr. Mazza has been recognized as one of the international leaders in establishing a global Personal Learning Network (PLN) since 2010.

Currently, over 18,000 educators, writers, thinkers, innovators, and leaders follow Joe on Twitter, interacting with him on a wide range of professional topics.

Joe's PLN includes followers from 78 different countries across the globe.

Recognized at the Bammy Awards in Washington D.C. in September 2012 as one of the nation's top 20 most influential social media users.

Named a finalist for Elementary Principal at the September 2013 Bammy Awards. (Link to nominations).
Named a finalist for Innovator of the Year at the September 2014 Bammy Awards. (Link to nominations).
Named a finalist for Innovator of the Year at the September 2015 Bammy Awards. (Link to nominations).

Mazza serves as a contributing writer for popular educational blogs/publications including The Harvard Education Letter, Edutopia, Connected Principals, Getting Smart, SmartBlogs for Education, Amplify, Onward State and others.

Founder (2011) and moderator of a weekly global Parent-Teacher Chat on Twitter (#ptchat), in which hundreds of individuals participate every Wednesday evening from 9:00-10:00 ET.

Traveled and led a team to Finland to study their #1 ranked educational system, and facilitated a global conversation using multiple social media tools to report live from Finnish classrooms.

Ongoing Digital Strategy Partnerships Include:
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - Washington, DC
The National Association Families, Schools and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) - Washington, DC
Scatter Their Own, Indigenous rock band from Pine Ridge, SD
Blue Jeans Network, San Francisco, CA
Nittany RV Valet, Weekend turnkey accommodations for Penn State footbll games - State College, PA
United States Department of Education - Washington, DC
Office of Ed Tech, Washington, DC
Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC
Ritas on the Bay -Wildwood, NJ
Gyu-Kaku Restaurant - Philadelphia, PA
Sweeney-Remax, Realtor - Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Edwards Photography - Philadelphia, PA
ConnectEDD - IA Department of Education, Quad Cities, Iowa
Boone County Schools - Florence, KY

Mazza's work has been featured in nearly 20 books dating back to 2005 on topics like school leadership, family and community engagement, innovation, digital tools, social media and general education strategies for students, educators and parents:
Home, School and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Engagement. Grant & Ray. 2016.
Engage Every Family, 5 Simle Principles, Constantino, S. 2015.
Personalized PD - Flipping Your Professional Development. Bretzmann, Burgess, et al. 2015
Hacking Education, Barnes, M. 2015.
Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Empower and Connect. Murray & Zoul. 2015.
What Connected Educators Do Differently, Whitaker, Zoul & Casas. 2015.
Principal Professional Development, Sanfelippo & Sinanis. 2015.
The EdCamp Model, Swanson, Ferguson, et al. 2014.
New Teacher Revolution: Changing Education for a New Generation of Learners, Stumpenhorst, J. 2014.
The Power of Branding, Sinanis & Sanfelippo. 2014.
Digital Leadership, Sheninger, E. 2014.
Connected Leadership, Just a Click Away. Cook, S. 2014.
Professional Learning in a Digital Age, Swanson. 2012.
Engaging All Families: Creating a Positive School Culture by Putting Research into Practice, Constantino, S. 2012.
Leading 21st Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement. Schrum & Levin. 2009.
Teaching the Best Practice Way: Methods That Matter, Daniels, H. 2005.

Doctoral dissertion, Use of Social Media to Connect Home & School, University of Pennsylvania. 2013.
Co-author of Lead Learners (2016) - NY: Routledge Press. An interactive iBook and first in a series of texts focusing on cultural competency for parents, educators, and community members working in today's evolving society.

Invited to the White House and the United States Department of Education to discuss and advise on matters relating to the national education milieu, 2015

Lead organizer of the global #edcampldr movement, a one-day, multi-site conference attended by 0ver 1800 educational leaders in PK-12 and higher education to discuss educational issues of importance and urgency, 2013-2015

Lead organizer of the #parentcamp movement, a U.S. Department of Education-supported initiative to bring parents and educators together to old critical dialogue on what's best for kids, 2012-2015

Advisor to various national education organizations, including National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

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

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