Dr. Frank Tiano is a visionary leader and educator with more than 25 years of experience as a successful superintendent of schools, educational leader, school administrator, and a strategic planner for improvement at the school and district level. Dr. Tiano works for the Framingham Public Schools in Framingham, Massachusetts. Over the course of his career, Frank has served in a number of roles including superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, and teacher. Regardless of the position he holds, Frank brings the same determination and commitment to staff and students that have helped him excel throughout his career.
In 1989, Frank Tiano graduated from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science in Management, where he also played football for the university. While completing his undergraduate work, Frank realized that he wanted to pursue a career in education. After graduating, he enrolled at Simmons College. He earned his Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in Teaching in 1990 from the institution. Frank’s first job in education was a classroom teacher position for the Nashua, New Hampshire Public Schools District. Frank worked for the school district for six years where he was an assistant principal as well as a fifth-grade teacher.
In 2000, Frank left Nashua, New Hampshire for the Chelmsford, Massachusetts Public Schools. For the next fifteen years, Frank worked as a principal, assistant superintendent, or superintendent for the Chelmsford Public Schools. In addition to his work as an educational leader, Frank worked as a Task Force Member of School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS), and he was a member of the board of directors for Valley Collaborative. In 2006, Frank earned his Doctor of Education in Leadership and Schooling from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Instructional leadership, management and operations, community engagement, and professional culture are four of Frank Tiano’s areas of expertise. As an instructional leader, Frank created a system of continuous analysis and response that resulted in student growth in ELA and Math. In the area of management and operations, Frank has led the revision of an emergency response system in coordination with first responders. Engaging with the community has always been a cornerstone of Frank Tiano’s work. Part of this work has included strengthening the connections between outside social organizations and the school community. As an advocate of professional culture, Frank has provided professional development on adaptive leadership, difficult conversations, data-driven analysis, and emotional intelligence.
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