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Frank Tiano, Ed.D.

Frank Tiano's Bio:


Instructional Leadership


  • Created and implemented district’s first comprehensive 5-year strategic plan that aligned district, school and department goals providing clear direction for all instructional, technological, and financial decisions: 90% of  goals met within 4 years;
  • Worked collaboratively with teacher and administrator unions to be one of the first Massachusetts districts to develop and implement educator evaluation tools with 100% of staff within the first year (2012);
  • Targeted curriculum, instruction, and financial resources to elevate high school’s state accountability level from Level 2 to Level 1 (2012);
  • Created a system of continuous assessment, analysis and response resulting in 1 year student growth in ELA and Math across the district (2012-2015); and
  • Led district that was recognized nationally for:
    • Digital Learning - National Connected Summit at the White House (2014)
    • Advanced Placement Achievement - College Board AP Honor Roll (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
    • Music education - National Association of Music Merchants (2013, 2014 2015)
    • Universal Design for Learning - 1 of only 4 districts nationally to receive Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) grant (2012).

Assistant Superintendent

  • Supported design and implementation of Collaborative Turnaround Plan (CTAP) with Greater Boston District & School Assistance Center (DSAC) and three Level 3 schools to improve student achievement;
  • Implemented CTAP strategies at school level including lesson plan design, co-planning, co-teaching, student assessment, and daily instructional feedback; and
  • Supervised Harvard University Doctoral Resident in development of support model for building principals.


Management and Operations


  • Redesigned financial budgeting, reporting, and operational procedures, with support from a consultant and Massachusetts School Business Officials (MASBO), resulting in accurate and real-time financial reports based on school/program cost centers for continuous financial monitoring, planning, and transparency;
  • Led the design, development, and implementation of a preK-12 social and emotional competencies program (P.R.I.D.E.)that provided continuity across 8 schools;
  • Collaborated with police, fire, and town officials to redevelop and implement a comprehensive Incident Management Plan, based on state and federal models, to safeguard the well-being of students and staff;
  • Negotiated 8 collective bargaining agreements including first teachers’ contract to be signed without mediation in over 20 years;
  • Developed a comprehensive hiring model to ensure high-quality faculty enter the district; and
  • Collaborated with the town and other school districts to implement cost saving efficiencies:
    • combined firewall, email and phone systems, server room, and disaster recovery with the town saving $400,000 in year one;
    • merged food service leadership (Billerica Public Schools) saving $50,000 in year one;
    • bid for out-of-district transportation (Billerica/Tewksbury Public Schools) saving $25,000 in year one

Assistant Superintendent

  • Co-led changes in mandatory teacher trainings for more efficient compliance and record keeping while improving the quality of the training and accessibility for teachers;
  • Led revision of Emergency Response Plan with district, school, police, and fire officials to mirror state and federal models in order to better safeguard the well-being of students and staff.


Family and Community Engagement


  • Prioritized communication with all stakeholders through development of strategic planning, new website, social media, online chats, newsletters, online surveys, and local cable programming highlighting students and staff to provide accurate and timely information regarding the school district and receive stakeholder feedback;
  • 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; and
  • Met quarterly with stakeholders at school committee/district administration open forums to answer questions and discuss the schools.

Assistant Superintendent

  • Addressed district communication issues, as defined in School Committee Communications Task Force:
    • created and managed district social media
    • developed cable access programming
    • developed press release protocols
    • created Emergency Response Communication Plan providing protocols, templates, and pre-recorded messages in 3 languages for accurate and timely stakeholder communication;
  • Drafted district external communication plan for superintendent based on parent survey data; and
  • Collaborated with presidents and administration of Framingham State University and Massachusetts Bay Community College to extend existing partnerships, such as dual enrollment, to further student college and career readiness; FSU and MassBay’s early college proposal was one of 21 that received “preliminary” designation status from the Boards of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education and a $10,000 grant to design the program with Framingham and Milford Public Schools.


Professional Culture


  • Oversaw the transformation of the teacher and administrator professional development into a system that:
    • aligned with district goals
    • followed the state guidelines to bundle PDPs
    • partnered with Fitchburg State University for in-house graduate classes taught by school staff
    • allowed for online management of PDPs
    • provided for dual means of taking courses (multi-part series or online)
  • Presented with president of the teachers’ union multiple times to provide one clear message regarding the educator evaluation process;

Assistant Superintendent

  • Led Administrative Communications Task Force to identify internal administration communication issues and develop an administrative meeting structure to foster communication and problem solving.

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, Digital Learning, Arts and Culture, Child Welfare, and Science and Technology

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