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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

In the News

7/12/2019 Horizons at Warner Celebrates 10th Year of Summer Learning for City Students on River Campus  
5/09/2019 Lynn Gatto on the Kindergarten Transition on Yahoo Lifestyle
5/01/2019 Lynn Gatto Writes about Summer Learning for Youth Today 
8/13/2018 Horizons at Warner’s Inaugural Kindergarten Class Graduates
8/11/2018 Lynn Gatto on the Departmentalization of Elementary School ELA and Math in Democrat & Chronicle
9/01/2017 Lynn Gatto on Unstructured Play for Young Children in Democrat & Chronicle
8/16/2017 EXPANDING HORIZONS: Summer Program Helps Children Believe and Achieve
8/08/2017 Horizons at Warner Takes Kids Back in Time
8/07/2015 Horizons at Warner Pollution Solutions Forum Featured on WROC-TV
7/30/2015 Horizons at Warner Open House for University Employees
6/30/2015 Horizons at Warner Kicks off 6th Year of Summer Learning and Fun for City School Students on River Campus
5/20/2015 Lynn Gatto on Horizons Giving Day on FOX Rochester
1/29/2015 Horizons, Grassroots Partner to Teach Students About Environmental Stewardship
7/26/2014 Lynn Gatto on Parental Involvement in Horizons Program in Democrat & Chronicle
6/17/2014 Horizons Executive Director Lynn Gatto on Parental Engagement on WXXI
6/17/2014 La Voz Features New Parents as Learning Support (PALS) Program
6/16/2014 Horizons at Warner Launches Parents as Learning Support Program
6/13/2014 Lynn Gatto on Summer Learning on WXXI's Education Friday
3/04/2014 Lynn Gatto on Kindergarten Education on NPR
2/05/2014 Discovering that Learning Isn't the Same as Being Taught
1/29/2014 Wednesday Lunch Talk — Summer Learning: A Look at Horizons at Warner
10/23/2013 Faculty Perspectives Webinar
8/17/2013 'Thumbs Up' for Horizons at Warner Students in Democrat and Chronicle
8/02/2013 Horizons at Warner Entrepreneurs Showcase
7/22/2013 Local Efforts Support At-Risk Male Students in the Rochester Community
7/12/2013 Lynn Gatto on Horizons at Warner Summer Learning in Democrat and Chronicle
6/21/2013 Summer Enrichment Program Aims to Beat the ‘Summer Brain Drain’
7/27/2012 Video Chronicles Horizons at Warner Summer Enrichment Program
7/27/2012 Lynn Gatto on Horizons at Warner Summer Enrichment Program on YNN
6/25/2012 City School Students Reach New Horizons with Summer Enrichment Program
8/19/2011 Lynn Gatto on Horizons at Warner in El Mensajero
6/28/2011 New Horizons Program Opens Doors on University of Rochester Campus
6/28/2011 Horizons at Warner Featured on News 8 WROC-TV
4/01/2011 Warner's Horizons Summer Program Featured in NAIS Publication
9/23/2010 School's In For Summer
12/01/2006 NCTE Awards Grant to Warner
11/19/2006 A Life Outside to Showcase at Film Festival
6/22/2006 A Life Outside Screening
3/01/2004 Warner Doctoral Student Lynn Gatto Featured in Rochester Review
6/01/2003 Lynn Gatto Named States Top Teacher
6/01/2003 UK Professor Visits Warner
Horizons at Warner Entrepreneurs Showcase

ED400A Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 2
ED400 Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 1
EDF404 Field Experiences in Elementary Schools
EDF405 Field Experiences in Inclusive Elementary School Settings
EDF406 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools A
EDF407 Student Teaching in Inclusive Elementary School Settings A
EDF408 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools B
EDF409 Student Teaching in Inclusive Elementary School Settings B
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in School
EDU429 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science in Elementary School
EDF440 Field Experiences with Children 0-3
EDU440 Children's Literature and Literacy Learning
EDF441 Field Experiences with Children 0-3 in Inclusive Settings
EDF442 Student Teaching with Preschool Children
EDF443 Student Teaching with Preschool Children in Inclusive Settings
EDF469 K-12 Tutoring Strategies