Dr. Cathy Battaglia serves as Community Superintendent for the Buffalo Public Schools, where she works with 22 of the District's 57 schools to supervise the instructional programs and coach and support principal leadership. Prior to this she was the principal of City Honors School in Buffalo; a 5 & 12 authorized MYP/DP-IB (International Baccalaureate) School. Under her leadership, Buffalo has included a PYP school at the Makowski Early Childhood Center, and is currently participating in the pilot project to launch the IBCC at the Emerson School of Hospitality. She is President of the Guild of IB World Schools in the North East United States (GIBS).
Teaching teachers continues to be Dr. Battaglia's passion, and she endeavors to do work in the area of staff development whenever she gets the chance. Before coming to Buffalo, she was the staff developer for the Niagara Falls School District, where she researched, developed, and delivered professional learning for all teachers, administrators, and support staff in the District. She is certified to teach and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her current practice involves working with aspiring, new, and veteran leaders as both a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership & Policy Program (LIFTS) at the University at Buffalo and as a faculty member in the Buffalo Leadership Academy.
In May of 2001 she was awarded the Business First Pathfinder Award for community leadership, and Buffalo Spree Magazine counted her among the group of "Western NY Women Who Make a Difference" in the summer of 2002. Her most recent accolade was earned in the spring of 2003 when she received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration in recognition of her work in the University of Buffalo LIFTS Program.
Dr. Battaglia loves to write, and she enjoys teaching and working with those interested in studying leadership and instructional practice. Recent publications include a book entitled: Constructivist Strategies: Meeting Standards and Engaging Adolescent Minds (Eye on Education, 2001) and an article published in the journal, Leadership and Policy in Schools, entitled, "A Response to School Leadership in Support of Teachers' Learning: The Dramatic Differences that Financial Resources Make" (2009). She holds a BA from the State University College of NY at Geneseo; Ed.M. in English, Secondary Certification, and N.Y.S. Elementary (N - 6) Certification, as well as an Ed.M. in Educational Administration, SEA Certification, and her Ph.D. in Social Foundations - all from the University at Buffalo; and R.T.C. Reality Therapy Certification from The William Glasser Institute.