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Lynn Gatto

Lynn Gatto

Associate Professor (Clinical)
Teaching & Curriculum
LeChase Hall 456
(585) 484-9577
PhD, University of Rochester (teaching, curriculum, and change)
MS, Nazareth College (special education)
BA, Monmouth University (elementary education)

Lynn Astarita Gatto is an associate professor at the Warner School of Education/University of Rochester and directs the early childhood and childhood program in the Department of Teaching and Curriculum. Her courses for preservice and current teachers build upon her innovative teaching practices as a 34-year veteran elementary teacher in the Rochester City School District, where she was recognized both locally and nationally for her success as an urban teacher. Most notably, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Toyota Tapestry Award, Disney American Teacher, and, in 2004, she was named the New York State Teacher of the Year. She is committed to ending educational inequity.
Gatto’s innovative teaching practices were the subject of a PBS documentary, “A Life Outside.” She develops award-winning classroom products, and provides professional development for teachers nationally and internationally. Her research focuses on urban education, classroom discourse, and critical literacy. She has published articles and chapters in edited books in all of these areas.
From 2009-19, Gatto combined her passion for and expertise of urban education to direct Horizons at Warner, the first Horizons National Summer Enrichment affiliate program to be housed on a higher education campus, for 135 K-8th grade Rochester City School District students. In 2017, she was awarded the Horizons National Leadership Award. Through Horizons, early childhood and elementary teacher candidates have the opportunity to work directly with children in a small class setting.

Research Publications
“Lunch is Gross": Gaining Access to Powerful Literacies, March 2012, Language Arts
"Success Guaranteed Literacy Programs:  I Don't Buy It!"  in Literacy As Snake Oil, 2001 and 2007 (Revised Edition), Peter Lang Publishers.      
A Life Outside, (documentary film), 2006, in collaboration J. Larson & D. Smith
"Tactical Underlife:  Understanding Student’s Perceptions," 2004, Journal of Early Childhood (co-authored with J. Larson)
"Language, Power and Multiple Literacies:  Insights into Urban Teaching," 2003, AERA presentation with J. Larson
"Perceptions, Politics and Pedagogy:  Examining Children’s Understanding of Language, Power and Literacies," 2002, NCTE presentation with J. Larson & G. Jacobs
"Identity, Teaching and Research:  One Teacher’s Negotiations of a New Identity," 2002, AERA presentation with J. Larson & G. Jacobs
"Simultaneous Overlapping Conversation (SOC):  A Theoretical Framework," 2001, AERA presentation

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EDF442 Student Teaching with Preschool Children
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