In a career that has spanned four decades as a math teacher, guidance counselor, principal and superintendent, Dr. D’Auria has worked with hundreds of school leaders around sharpening the academic focus of school teams, developing a vibrant school culture, and managing conflict in the workplace. The former President of Teachers21, John assumed the position of Professor of Practice in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He will join the faculty of William James College in August of 2018.
Dr. D’Auria’s research focuses on the ways in which the assumptions that people hold about intelligence significantly influence their learning. His newest book, School Systems That Learn, was co-authored with Dr. Paul Ash (Corwin Press, 2012). Dr. D’Auria is also the author of Ten Lessons in Leadership and Learning (2010), a helpful resource to new and experienced leaders, as well as “The DNA of Leadership”—a curriculum for aspiring school leaders. Additionally, Dr. D’Auria co-authored with Jon Saphier, How To Bring Vision to School Improvement (Research for Better Teaching, 1993). Numerous other articles include “The Superintendent as Teacher,” Phi Delta Kappan Online Edition, Fall, 2009; “A Principal’s Dilemma,” jointly with Matt King in Schools: Studies in Education, University of Chicago Press, Spring, 2009; and “3 Strands Form Strong School Leadership,” jointly with Jon Saphier and Matt King, National Staff Development Council, Spring, 2006. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional educational conferences and has served on The Middle School Curriculum Project based at Education Development Center.
John D’Auria is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Boston College, where he majored in mathematics and philosophy; he earned his doctorate in urban educational leadership at the University of Massachusetts.