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John Robert Gratto

Clinical Assistant Professor


Dr. John Gratto joined the faculty of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Education in August of 2012. He earned his Ed.D. in Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

He brings strong experience in K-12 school leadership and administration having served 23 years as a Superintendent of Schools, 4 years as a K-12 principal, 2 years as a K-6 principal, and 1 year as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, all in New York State Schools.

While serving as a Superintendent of Schools, he was also an adjunct professor of education administration at the University at Albany and Stony Brook University, teaching Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations, School District Leadership, and School Law.

In addition to his experience as a school administrator and adjunct professor, Dr. Gratto served in state and local leadership roles as a Member of the New York State Education Commissioner's Advisory Council, a Blue Ribbon School Review Panelist for New York State Elementary Schools, President of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference, and Executive Secretary of the Essex County School Boards Association.

He has also authored a number of articles around the topics of wellness actions for administrators, Board of Education/superintendent relationships, and strategies to gain support for school budgets.

As a clinical assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, he currently teaches graduate classes in the Principal Preparation and Doctoral programs. The classes he teaches include Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Personnel Administration, Leadership and Change, Research, Data, and Assessment, and Theories of Administration. He also supervises teachers who are interning as principals.


Ed.D. Education Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University

Certificate of Advanced Study, Education Administration, Plattsburgh (NY) State University College

M.Ed. Counselor Education, Plattsburgh (NY) State University College

B.S. Physical Education, Cortland (NY) State University College

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae 

Superintendent/Board of Education actions that promote student success, Principal Leadership and Effectiveness, Strengthening School-Community Relations, Instructional Leadership, School Finance, Wellness of School Administrators and Teachers

  • Flourish in the Present While Preparing for the Future, Principal Leadership, January, 2016
  • Developing a Survey to Determine Student Perceptions of Readiness at the Beginning of an Educational Leadership Program, National Council of Professors of Education Administration International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, Vol. 10, No. 2 – November, 2015
  • Addressing Incivility in a Civil Manner, The School Administrator, August 2015 and Pennsylvania Association of School Superintendents newsletter August 2015 (excerpt)
  • Creating Conditions for Success for New Teachers, AASA New Superintendent E-Journal,April, 2015
  • AASA Executive Briefing:
    • Schools and Parents are Essential Partners in the Education Process, March 26, 2015
    • The Friday letter: A powerful tool for keeping your board informed, 12/11/14
  • The Councilgram (the newsletter for the New York State Council of School Superintendents):
    • "Put Down the Damn Fork" November 2011;
    • "Developing an Action Plan for Wellness" June 2005 and December 2002;
    • "Wellness Tips for School Administrators" January 2002.
  • Getting Satisfied Citizens to Pass Your Budget, The School Administrator: December 2002,
  • Forging the Right Leadership Team, American School Board Journal with David Little, December 2002; “Physical Fitness for Busy Bodies” September 2001.
  • A Study of the Principles and Practices of School Districts that won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in New York State”, Doctoral Dissertation, February, 2001.
    John R. Gratto

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