Dr. Brody has served Penn GSE in several roles. She helped create and served as director of the Educational Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals (ELPAP). A unique protocol for school visits, called The Focused Observation, was inaugurated to promote joint learning experiences for school faculties and aspiring school leaders. Currently, Dr. Brody is an instructor in the School Leadership Program. She has represented the program in a variety of regions, including the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. Using a model developed at Penn GSE, Dr. Brody has led programs for current school leaders, both in the United States and abroad. She also co-led school leadership study trips to the United Kingdom and New Zealand. For several years, she also taught in the mid-career doctorate program, helping develop these school leaders as well.
Her dissertation, The Role of a Principal in Developing a School Climate that Facilitates Student Learning: Reflection as a Catalyst for Innovating Change, was developed while she served as a principal in the School District of Philadelphia. During her ten years of service, she was recognized with two prestigious awards–the Marcus Foster Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and the Rose Lindenbaum Improvement of Education Principal Award. With her Huey School team, Dr. Brody created and implemented a community school model, which housed a family health clinic, mental health services, a Parent Center led by a parent trainer and social worker. Together, they advocated and brokered services for many families.