Frank LaBanca

Frank LaBanca

Frank LaBanca is a teacher, educational researcher, and change agent. He is the Founding Principal of Danbury Connecticut’s Westside Middle School Academy Magnet, which opened in September 2014. Previously, he was the Director of the Center for 21st Century Skills at EDUCATION CONNECTION, where he directed and managed the implementation of innovative science, technology, engineering, and math programs in 50 high and middle schools across Connecticut through funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Connecticut Department of Education, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Frank has been recognized as a National Education Association Innovation Teacher, a GTE GIFT (Growth Initiatives For Teachers) Fellow, a RadioShack National Teacher for Excellence in Science, Math, and Technology, a fellow of the Connecticut Academy for Education, and the Teachers’ Insurance Plan Teacher of the Year, and he was recently named the 2015-16 middle-level recipient of the William Cieslukowski First-Year Principal of the Year Award by the Connecticut Association of Schools.


About the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows are a diverse group of education leaders from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions, and impact in the student-centered learning movement in the region. The Fellows’ overarching goals are:

  1. to investigate, use, and promote effective renditions of student-centered learning (i.e., personalized, competency-based, student-owned, and anytime-anywhere) in the New England region and beyond; and
  2. to communicate research findings in ways that make them actionable and accessible for policymakers and practitioners to maximize students’ academic achievement, particularly for those students who have been historically underserved.

The Distinguished Fellows work alongside research teams, youth researchers, and other key partners of the Research Collaborative to build the evidence base for student-centered learning and to bridge research, practice, and policy.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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