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 is a faculty member of William James College and continues to consult with Teachers21 to strengthen practitioners’ work around social emotional learning and educational leadership. In 2010, Dr. D’Auria was appointed by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education to a statewide task force to study and develop a new framework for the supervision and evaluation of all educators in Massachusetts. He was appointed to the Rennie Center Condition of Education Advisory Committee,which seeks to build a more coherent, and research-based, vision of a public education in Massachusetts.
Dr. D’Auria’s research focuses on the ways in which the assumptions that people hold about intelligence significantly influence their learning. He co-authored School Systems That Learn with Dr. Paul Ash (Corwin Press, 2012) and is the author of Ten Lessons in Leadership and Learning (2010), a resource geared toward new and experienced leaders. Dr. D’Auria authored a curriculum for aspiring school leaders called “The DNA of Leadership,” which became a cornerstone for the Leadership Licensure Program sponsored by the Massachusetts School Administrators Association. Additionally, Dr. D’Auria co-authored How To Bring Vision to School Improvement (Research for Better Teaching, 1993) with Dr. Jon Saphier. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional educational conferences and has served as an executive coach to a wide variety of educational leaders across the country.
He 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.