Frank Tiano, Ed.D.

Frank Tiano's Bio:

Dr. Frank Tiano - Educational Leadership

Instructional Leadership - Superintendent

Created and implemented a 5-year strategic plan that aligned district, school and department goals based on stakeholders’ analysis of data, providing clear direction for all curricula, technological, and financial decision-making

Worked collaboratively with teacher and administrator unions to develop and implement educator evaluation tools with 100% of staff in the first year of implementation in order to move more expediently into the nuances of a system for continuous feedback, evaluation, and support  of teaching and learning

Developed a system for common assessments where classroom teachers by grade/department created authentic, content-related assessments that measured student growth based on identified parameters, validated by The District Data Team and periodically calibrated with DESE and state contracted psychometricians

Targeted goals and financial resources in 2012 to elevate high school from Level 2 to Level 1, where it remains

Created a system of continuous analysis and response that resulted in 1 year student growth in ELA and Math across the district from 2012-2015; and led district that was recognized nationally for: 

  • Music Education (National Association of Music Merchants);
  • Advanced Placement Achievement (College Board AP Honor Roll);
  • Digital Learning (National Connected Summit at the White House).

Instructional Leadership - Assistant Superintendent

Served as liaison between district and Greater Boston District & School Assistance Center (DSAC) during Turnaround Site Visit assessment and intensive school plan as part of level 3 proactive turnaround work

Collaboratively redesigned District Improvement Plan model and process to incorporate priorities of all schools and departments; and co-developing feedback, evaluation, and support model for building principals to facilitate professional growth and reflection

Management and Operations - Superintendent

Led the design, development, and implementation of a preK-12 social and emotional competencies program that provided vertical and horizontal continuity in terms of language, skills, and expectations across the district

Safeguarded the well-being of children and staff by working with public safety to redevelop and implement a comprehensive Incident Management Plan that met state and federal requirements

Ensured high-quality faculty interacted with students and families by collaboratively designing a district hiring program that outlined laws, best practices, and procedures to hire teachers

Redesigned financial budgeting, reporting, and  operations with financial consultant and Massachusetts School Business Officials (MASBO) in order to tighten controls, provide accurate and timely financial reports, and create and maintain transparency for all stakeholders

Implemented reorganization and cost-saving efforts in district including: merging food service leadership with another school district; bidding for out-of-district transportation with two other districts; combining firewall, email and phone systems, server room, and disaster recovery with the town; creating in-district special education programming; and restructuring custodial services.


Management and Operations - Assistant Superintendent

Co-led changes in teacher mandatory trainings to insure not only compliance, but quality content to better protect our students and families, our staff, and our district

Led revision of Emergency Response Plan with district, school, police, and fire leaders including creation of Emergency Response Communication Plan to increase the well-being of students and staff

Family and Community Engagement - Superintendent

Prioritized communication with all stakeholders through development of strategic planning, new website, social media, online chats, newsletters, online surveys, and local cable programming to provide accurate and timely information regarding the school district while receiving feedback on our progress

Co-chaired Synthetic Field Committee with Town Manager that resulted in a $2.5 million public/private effort to install two synthetic fields, one of which is open to the entire community

Active participant in town-wide PTO meetings discussing multiple school-related topics; and met quarterly with stakeholders at school committee/district administration open forums to answer questions and discuss the schools

Family and Community Engagement - Assistant Superintendent

Developing internal structure to streamline connections between social agencies, and non-profit organizations and business partners with families, staff, departments, and schools in order to maximize human, social, and fiscal capital

Addressing district communication issues as defined in School Committee Communications Task Force by creating and managing district social media; developing cable access programming; creating pre-recorded matrix of ConnectEd calls; developing a cache of emergency communications for building/district use; developing press release protocols; and participating in website development

Collaborating with Framingham State University, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Keefe Technical High School presidents and superintendent to extend existing partnerships in order to integrate educational content, pedagogy, and related opportunities that cross all educational levels

Professional Culture - Superintendent

Oversaw the transformation of district professional development into a system that:  aligned with district goals; followed the state guidelines to bundle PDPs; included options related to content and pedagogy;  partnered with Fitchburg State University for in-house graduate classes taught by school staff;  allowed for online management of PDPs and online mandatory trainings; and provided for dual means of taking courses (multi-part series or online)

Collaboratively presented with the teachers’ union president throughout the district to ensure implementation fidelity regarding the evaluation tool

Provided professional development for administration, including professional learning communities, adaptive leadership, difficult conversations, teacher evaluation, data driven analysis, and emotional intelligence

Professional Culture -
Assistant Superintendent

Led Administrative Communications Task Force to identify internal communication issues for senior administration

Co-developed administrative meeting structure to foster vertical and horizontal communication and problem solving


  • Selected for Massachusetts Delegation to Poland (2017)
  • Chosen as 1 of 100 superintendents nationwide to attend the Superintendent’s Summit at the White House to sign the Future Ready Pledge with the President of the United States (2014)
  • Chelmsford Rotary Service Above Self Award Recipient (2014)
  • Selected for Massachusetts Delegation to Helsinki and Berlin (2013)
  • Featured in Education Executive Magazine (2012)


  • Guest Speaker for Collaborative for Education/Fitchburg State University (2016)
  • Presenter at FPS Full Day Professional Development Day on Managing Difficult Conversations (2016)
  • Guest Speaker for 100 Males to College Kick-off  at Framingham State University (2016)
  • Featured Co-Speaker on Future Ready Initiative at #HUBChat with Extreme Networks (2015)
  • Featured Speaker at MASS/MASC conference on PARCC community outreach (2014)
  • Guest Speaker for Doctoral Leadership class at Simmons College (2014)
  • Featured Presenter at MASS/MASC conference on School Security (2013)
  • Featured Presenter regarding special education costs for MASS video series for new superintendents (2013)
  • Presenter at Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) on the implementation of UDL (2012)



Frank Tiano's Experience:

  • Assistant Superintendent at Framingham Public Schools

    Served as Interim Principal for McCarthy Elementary School, September 2017

  • Title IX Coordinator at Framingham Public Schools

  • Superintendent of Schools at Chelmsford Public Schools

  • Member of the Board of Directors at Valley Collaborative

    Worked collaboratively with board members to redesign an educational collaborative including creation of an organizational infrastructure hiring of an executive director and separated from a parent organization. Served on building sub-committee that researched, located, designed and worked with project managers to pull 4 campuses into one permanent home without creating organizational debt.

  • Task Force Member at School Threat Assessment/Response Systems (STARS)

    Prepared for, assessed and responded to threats or acts of school violence. Understood the proper use of task force equipment. Reported directly to the Commander or Assistant Commander(s) or designee at threat scene. Participated in monthly meeting/training. Worked closely with the Volunteer Crisis Response teams and other resources supplied by NEMLEC STARS

  • Assistant Superintendent at Chelmsford Public Schools

  • Principal at McCarthy Middle School, Chelmsford

    Planned, controlled, and directed the overall activities for a grades 5-8 middle school with 950 students and 120 full and part time staff members.

  • District 504 Coordinator at Chelmsford Public Schools

    Coordinated services for all students K-12 who were eligible for services under section of 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Worked directly with building principals, assistant principals, and deans to support, clarify, and develop ways in which to meet the needs of specific students, including procuring resources. Worked directly with families to problem solve and clarify procedures. Participated in a successful coordinated program review by the DESE working collaboratively with district and state personnel.

  • Principal, Westlands Elementary School at Chelmsford Public Schools

    Planned, controlled, and directed the overall activities for a K-6 elementary school with 350 students and 55 full and part time staff members.

  • Assistant Principal, Main Dunstable Elementary School at Nashua New Hampshire Public Schools

    Assisted the principal in a planning, controlling, and directing the overall activities for K-6 elementary school building of over 750 students.

  • Clinical Supervisor at University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Responsible for supervision and development of seven Masters level pre-service teachers during their elementary and/or middle school practicum. Engaged in classroom observation of the students along with post-observation discussions. Facilitated pre-service teachers to develop the ability to analyze their own lessons. Worked with cooperating practitioners to ensure that the Massachusetts State Competencies for certification were being met by the pre-service teachers.

  • Teaching Assistant at University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Assisted tenured professor in preparing and implementing lectures for Masters level Children's Literature and Language Arts class. Developed and conducted three solo lectures/activities with the class. Assisted professor in evaluating students' performances and products.

  • Classroom Teacher at Nashua New Hampshire Public Schools

    Developed and implemented daily lesson in all academic areas for a heterogeneously based 5th grade classroom. Developed and implemented interdisciplinary units of study. Worked cooperatively with service providers to meet the individual needs of students.

Frank Tiano's Education:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Simmons College

    Master of Arts (M.A.T.)
    Concentration: Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Bentley University

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
    Concentration: Management

Frank Tiano's Interests & Activities:

K-12 Education, Strategic Planning, School Safety, Incident Management, Crisis Management, Digital Learning, Arts and Culture, Child Welfare, and Science and Technology