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Whether we’re at work, school or at home, we oftentimes navigate our world with a set of assumptions that were passed down to us from our parents, friends and families over the years. In this talk, @Joe_Mazza shares 10 assumptions he had growing up that he’s now working to overcome, and ensure his own children are actively encouraged to get to know their world deeper before taking advice from others as truth. Topics such as cultural competency, mental health, patriotism, Native American reservation life, tattoos, meeting new people, dangerous pets and places that have been publicly constructed on negligent assumptions are discussed during this honest and transparent talk. Read more and/or share your own #10assumptions using the hashtag. Dr. Mazza teaches at PennGSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership (alum of @MCDPEL) and speaks internationally on empathy, adult and teen empowerment, family-community engagement and innovative teaching, learning and leadership strategies. Dr. Joe Mazza 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. 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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