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Tony C. Frontier

Faculty - Leadership Doctorate


Leadership Education


(414) 410-4581


BH Bonaventure Hall 2042


Box 103


Tony Frontier, Ph.D., '99, '07, serves as a Professor of Doctoral Leadership Studies in the Kellner College of Education, Literacy and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University. He teaches courses in leadership, curriculum development, child & adult learning, organizational learning, research methods and statistics. As a former classroom teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools, an associate high school principal, and the director of curriculum and instruction for the Whitefish Bay School District, Frontier brings a wealth of experience as a classroom teacher, building administrator, central office administrator and researcher to his courses, workshops, writing and research. As a professional musician and photographer, he is always listening and looking for metaphors in the arts and humanities to challenge old assumptions, or support new ways of thinking, about the challenges and opportunities faced each day by organizations, leaders, teachers and learners. 
Frontier is an award-winning educator who works with national and international teachers and school leaders  to help them prioritize efforts to improve student learning. With expertise in student engagement, evidence-based assessment, curriculum development, effective instruction, teacher reflection, data analysis and strategic planning, Frontier emphasizes a systems approach to build capacity to empower leaders and teachers to improve their capacity to serve others. His newest book is Teaching With Clarity: How to Prioritize and Do Less So Students Understand More (ASCD, 2021). 
Frontier is also co-author of the ASCD books Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School with Jim Rickabaugh, Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching with Bob Marzano and David Livingston, and Making Teachers Better not Bitter: Balancing Teacher Evaluation, Supervision, and Reflection for Professional Growth with Paul Mielke. He is also co-author of Corwin’s Creating Passionate Learners: Engaging Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World with Kim Brown and Don Veigut. Frontier is a frequent contributor to the flagship journal Educational Leadership, his most recent article, “How to Provide Better Feedback Through Rubrics” with Jay McTighe, was published in 2022. His books have been translated and published in Korean, Mandarin and Arabic. 


  • B.A., Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ed.M., Cardinal Stritch University
  • Ph.D., Cardinal Stritch University