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Frank Costanzo


Dr. Frank Costanzo is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University, Teachers College within the Department of Organization and Leadership. He has taught the Introduction to School Leadership and Decision Making as well as the Internship in School Leadership. He has also served as a graduate student coach. 

Dr. Costanzo has served in urban public-school districts for nearly 20 years. He has previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Norwalk Public Schools for seven years where he supervised principals, oversaw district and school improvement strategy, developed a leadership pipeline, designed board policy, led facilities master planning, food services, health services including the NPS COVID Reopening Plan, district security and human resources. In that time, Norwalk made significant gains on the Connecticut Next Generation Accountability Index in both reading and math assessments, driving NPS from the bottom to top of its district reference group (DRG). Norwalk was the top performing urban school district in Connecticut at the time of his departure. He is also a former high school principal and teacher in New Haven, CT.

Costanzo earned his doctorate in Organization and Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. Frank holds master’s degrees from Harvard and Brown and earned his bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University.

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