Jody holds a Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and an M.A. in Writing from Brown University. Her focal areas are urban education, education for and with diverse learners, and, more recently, environmental education. She is a qualitative researcher who does action and participatory action research in the field of education reform. Before coming to Bryn Mawr/Haverford, Jody co-founded the Philadelphia-based action research organization, Research for Action, where she worked with students, parents, and educators to gather and analyze data with the goal of designing and implementing school change.
A Term Professor at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, Jody teaches such courses as Schools in American Cities, Multicultural Education, and English Learners in U.S. Schools. At Bryn Mawr, Jody also teaches entering freshwomen in the Emily Balch Seminar Program, where her courses focus on urban life and diversity. She is on the Steering Committee of both the Praxis Program, which promotes community-based learning at the College, and the 360° Program, which supports the development of transdisciplinary teaching and learning clusters focused on common themes or questions. Jody has served as Mentor for two Posses with the Posse Program, a nationally-based program that supports young leaders with full-tuition scholarships as part of a mission to “redefine college access, merit, diversity and leadership” (http://www.possefoundation.org/). Her current research focuses on school reform and collective organizing in Philadelphia, and on how innovative pedagogies in and out of classroom settings can expand the ways human beings learn, teach, and live.
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