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John R. Gratto

John Gratto, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Education/Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. CLAHS.

John R. Gratto
John R. Gratto, Clinical Associate Professor

School of Education
7054 Haycock Road 
Falls Church, VA 22043
540-759-0197  |

John R. Gratto is a clinical associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program.

  • K-12 school leadership and administration 
  • Creating Conditions for Success for New Teachers
  • Board of Education and Superintendent Relationships
  • Time Management for School Leaders
  • Strategies to Improve Students’ Attendance
  • EdD, Columbia University
  • MEd, Plattsburgh State University College
  • BS, Cortland State University College 
  • Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership—current President
  • Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership—former Secretary
  • Certificate of Mastery of Online Teaching, Fall 2018
  • President of the Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership
  • Teacher of the Week, October 12, 2015


“Inside the Schoolhouse: What great Principals know and do,” March, 2021


  • Principal Leadership Magazine:
    • 10 Take-Charge Actions for Effective Proactive Communication, March 2018
    • Out of the Office and Into the Classroom, a Dozen Practical Ideas for Using Time Wisely, May 2017
    • Ten High-Yield Strategies to Improve Student Attendance, December 2016
    • How to Flourish as an Assistant Principal, January 2016 
  • My Return to Practice and Implications for the Academy, The Academic Leader, June 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
  • The School Administrator:
    • Addressing Incivility in a Civil Manner, August 2015 
    • Getting Satisfied Citizens to Pass Your Budget, December 2002
    • Physical Fitness for Busy Bodies, The School Administrator, September 2001 
  • Creating Conditions for Success for New Teachers, 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, December 11, 2014
  • 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
  • Forging the Right Leadership Team, American School Board Journal with David Little, 12/2002
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

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