Donald B. Gratz
A.B. Wesleyan University
Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ph.D. Boston College
Currently Director of Graduate Programs in Education and Chair of the Education Department, Don Gratz has more than 35 years experience in both K-12 and college education. For more than a decade, he was Director of National School Reform for the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) in Boston. In this capacity, he provided technical assistance and support to many school districts across the country in accountability and assessment, school improvement, community involvement and other areas. These districts included Cleveland, Ohio; Denver Colorado; Newark, New Jersey; Palm Beach County, Florida; Salt Lake City, Utah, and a range of districts in California. Among other activities, he also served as a professional evaluator in California's first Underperforming Schools initiative, and led the research teams for two national studies: a study of the takeover of the Newark Public Schools by the state of New Jersey, and a study of the Denver Public School's pilot of Pay for Performance for Teachers.
Dr. Gratz has written and spoken widely on educational issues, including charter schools, assessment, accountability and (most recently) performance-based pay for teachers. During the past year, he has presented to the National Education Association's Summit on Performance Pay in Washington, D.C., and the Mass. Association of School Personnel Administrators annual conference. His recent book is titled The Peril and Promise of Performance Pay (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), in which he discusses the issues raised by the current drive towards paying teachers based on their performance. Recent articles include Looming Questions in Performance Pay (Phi Delta Kappan, May, 2010), The Problem with Performance Pay ((Educational Leadership, November, 2009), and Purpose and Performance in Teacher Performance Pay (Education Week, March 11, 2009). Some of his writing also appears in college textbooks and compendia.
In 2009, Dr. Gratz completed ten years as a member of the Needham, Massachusetts school committee, having served two terms each as vice chair and chair. He also served as Vice Chair of The Education Cooperative serving 19 communities south and west of Boston. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors for Quincy College in Quincy, Massachusetts. He has also been active in community development initiatives in the past, serving on a variety of boards such as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, the South Shore Welfare Advisory Board, an Office for Children local council, and similar organizations.
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