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Dr. Frank Costanzo

Chief of School Operations for the Norwalk Public Schools in Connecticut

Dr. Frank Costanzo, member of UELP's 2011 cohort, began as Chief of School Operations for the Norwalk Public Schools (NPS) in Connecticut in 2015. Dr. Costanzo oversees the Office of School Improvement and leads school culture and climate work and district school security and preparedness. In addition to this, Dr. Costanzo spearheads Norwalk’s Leadership Pipeline Program for aspiring and high potential school leaders. He is responsible for the coaching and evaluation of Norwalk principals. A total of twenty-three NPS staff including principals, assistant principals and teachers were accepted into the Leadership Pipeline and are currently participating in one of several programs. Dr. Costanzo also leads district policy development. 


Dr. Costanzo previously served as a principal, assistant principal and teacher in the New Haven Public School District for 10 years. During that time he served as principal of Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School where he substantially raised student achievement between 2011-2015. Co-Op was awarded a Silver Medal High School and was designated among Connecticut’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2013, 2014 and 2015. According to National Clearing House reporting Co-Op’s graduates that immediately enrolled in college increased from 60% to 74% and college persistence rates rose from 73% to 88% during Costanzo’s tenure. At the time of the last State of Connecticut School Performance Index (SPI) rating in 2013, Co-Op was the only New Haven High School to score at the progressing performance level set forth by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Only five of the district’s forty-six schools achieved this in 2013. Co-Op’s Advanced Placement program also improved under Dr. Costanzo. The program expanded and qualifying exam scores increased from 11 in 2010 to 100 qualifying scores in 2014.


Dr. Costanzo has also consulted for the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education Turnaround Office and authored the design specifications for a new high school academy in Windham, CT.


Dr. Costanzo earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Quinnipiac University, M.A.T. from Brown University, an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College after successfully defending: Student Transience in an Urban Portfolio School District: A Guide to Advancing Equity and Student Learning Outcomes, in Fall of 2016.

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