Professional Biography

Dr. Brody earned her doctorate in educational leadership. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Brody has served as educational consultant to the Save A Mind Foundation, where she helped develop an effective program to motivate inner-city middle-school students to succeed in school. The Win-Win program has been implemented for over 2,000 students.

Dr. Brody has served as a consultant and presented extensively in the area of leadership for school reform at conferences, and in school districts and corporate settings. She has focused on the topic of building communities of learners in which leaders promote a positive climate for learning, reflective practice, collaborative behaviors, and a process of ongoing inquiry.

As assistant superintendent in the suburban district of Springfield, Pennsylvania, Dr. Brody worked to strengthen the curriculum, instruction, assessment, staff development, and personnel functions of the schools. Dr. Brody also served as regional superintendent in the School District of Philadelphia, where she provided leadership for 36 urban schools. She expanded her leadership for supervising principals by developing a performance appraisal system for the entire district.

Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Brody was a social studies teacher in Philadelphia. During her varied teaching career, she helped develop several innovative programs, including the Middle Years Alternative School for the Humanities, which is located in West Philadelphia and promotes an inter-disciplinary curriculum.

Research Interests and Current Projects

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.


Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1986

M.A.T. Antioch College, 1970

B.A. College of New Jersey, 1968

Areas of Expertise

Educational leadership


Community schools

Motivating students to learn

Selected Publications

Brody, J., Vissa, J., & Weathers, J. (2007, November). School leader professional socialization: The contribution of focused observations. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the University Council of Educational Administration.

Brody, J., Vissa, J., & Weathers, J. (2007, April). Partners for inquiry: School and university collaborations through focused observations. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association. 

Brody, J. Mata, W.  Vissa, J and Weathers, J. (April 2003). Building a comprehensive and holistic model for leadership preparation: What we have learned. Paper presented at The Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association.

Arredondo, D., Brody, J., Zimmerman, D., & Moffett, C. (1995). Pushing the envelope in supervision. Educational Leadership, 53(3).

Brody, J., & Scattergood, S. Education for parenting. Educational Leadership, (1989).