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Anthony Colannino      

International Center for Leadership in Education Senior Fellow; Curriculum & Professional Learning Specialist

For more than 20 years, Anthony Colannino has dedicated himself to creating atmospheres where adults and children feel happy, healthy, and successful. This work can be challenging at times but rewarding when schools, districts, and businesses create cultures where learning is the focal point.

Colannino has worked in just about every school setting from the rural poverty of eastern Washington to the affluence of the Metro Boston area. Regardless of the size or socio-economic status of districts he has led or consulted, Colannino brings a contagious joy and passion to the important task of educating children, who will become our future. He takes great pride in the lives he’s been able to positively impact through teaching, leading schools and supporting school leaders in districts big (Philadelphia, Bronx, Compton, and Cincinnati) and small. Those lives include his students from Boston who now study law, medicine, and education at the highest university levels, the staffs he has inspired to become better educators, and his clients who still reach out to him for support long after his consultancy has ended.

Prior to joining ICLE, Colannino developed his own education consultancy, Leading and Teaching for Growth, and worked at the e-learning company Dr. Carol Dweck co-founded, Mindset Works Inc., helping school districts across the country understand and operationalize Dr. Dweck’s growth mindset research through leadership development and improved teacher practice. He also served as an elementary school principal in the Boston area and taught fifth grade.

Colannino lives with his wife and two children in a suburb of Boston. He continues to challenge himself while using a growth mindset to learn and grow. Recently, he learned how to ski on the mountains of New Hampshire and now dreams of snow, even when the sun shines brightly.

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