Frank DeSensi, BA, MA, Rank I

Frank DeSensi is the founder and C.I.O. of Educational Directions, LLC. and consults with schools and school districts. 

A retired educator, Frank spent 35 years in a variety of teaching and administrative positions.  He taught at the university, college, middle school and secondary levels, worked in central office as a curriculum specialist and held both principal and assistant principal positions. 

From 1993 to 1998, Frank served as a Kentucky Distinguished Educator (DE) assisting schools that had been labeled “in decline” or “in crisis” under the provisions of the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Frank helped develop the STAR training program for new DE’s and served as a trainer in the Kentucky Leadership Academy. He has, with 2 others, developed two and one-half data management systems for schools (patent pending). 

Frank has Co-Authored:

Turning Around Turnaround Schools Volume 1 – What to do When Conventional Wisdom and Best Practice Aren’t Enough

Turning Around Turnaround Schools, now in its 2nd edition, is the go-to resource for leaders working in or with turnaround schools. In a practical “what to do” format – rich with concrete examples and tools to implement at your school – this book helps schools find relevant and targeted best practices for improving student achievement in an era of high-stakes accountability. Turning Around Turnaround Schools explores the idea of “student as learner” vs. “student as performer,” and helps educators to capture and use the right data. Written by a team of educators from Educational Directions, LLC, this book shares lessons learned, as well as proven strategies and processes implemented with struggling schools, both urban and rural, in several states.

Turning Around Turnaround Schools, Volume 2 – Embracing the Rhythm of the Learner Year

In the second volume in the Turning Around Turnaround Schools series, called Embracing the Rhythm of the Learner Year, the authors explore the neuroscience of how students learn and then use those insights to recommend a powerful and proven methodology for planning the school year around student need.

Teachers don’t take state tests or college readiness tests — students do. Therefore, our metric of success in K-12 education cannot be how much is taught, but rather, how much is learned.

Frank's blog posts:

December Imperatives for Teachers – Preparing for the Calibrating Period

During the Opening of School and the Formative Period of the Learner Year, teachers focused on preparing students with the ...
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December Imperatives for Academic Leaders – Preparing for the Calibrating Period

From the start of school through December, the focus for academic leaders has been the development of proficient learners. Ed ...
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The Academic Leadership Year – Part 7

Once the school leadership team has completed the data mining and goal setting parts of academic leadership, their tasks expanded ...
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The October Imperative – The Academic Leader

Years ago, teachers used to talk about the “big” learning months – September, October, January, February, and March – because ...
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The Academic Leadership Year – Part 6

The Academic Leadership Year – The July Period (Part Six) If leadership has done adequate pre-planning and provided teachers with ...
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The October Imperative – The Effect of Teachers

Years ago, teachers used to talk about the “big” learning months – September, October, January, February, and March – because ...
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Teacher Development &
Classroom Management

Planning for
School Turnaround

The Rhythm of
the Learner Year