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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

John Gratto


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes John Gratto, clinical assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, for his commitment to motivating future educational leaders with real-world examples and a wealth of experience.

Dr. Gratto teaches in the Educational Leadership program, specifically students in the Principal Preparation program in which he is also an advisor. In the process of preparing future school leaders, he teaches courses in Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Research, Assessment, and Evaluation, Leadership and Change, and Personnel Administration. In addition, he also teaches Theories of Educational Administration and Administration of Instructional Programs to doctoral students as well as serving as a dissertation chair or committee member for them.

Dr. Gratto uses three perspectives that embody his teaching: (1) Beginning with the end in mind, he comprehensively plans the course syllabus and activities so that students can successfully master all aspects of the course, (2) He designs lessons and activities that immerse students in practical applications of the course topics. With his real-world experience, he ensures that the coursework results in practical application of the knowledge and dispositions learned. (3) He designs assessments to cause further mastery of the course content. His courses typically require an “Authentic Performance Activity” which immerses students in solving actual problems related to the course topics.

Students are appreciative of Dr. Gratto’s experience, knowledge, passion, and course preparation. One student wrote, “His teaching methods allow us to explore our own teaching and leadership practices, and apply them in real world situations.” Drawing on Dr. Gratto’s experience, another student writes, “Dr. Gratto is very passionate about his instruction. He includes "real life" examples of strategies that work. I will be able to draw from his experiences to hopefully build those of my own in an administrative role.”

To sum up the influence of Dr. Gratto: “Dr. Gratto inspires others to become dedicated leaders that lead others with high expectations for positive student outcomes."


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