In the last regular episode of Anchored in Education, Dr. Tony Frontier joined us to discuss his book Five Levers to Improve Learning. Tony’s book gives thought-provoking insights into how we often make try to find solutions to problems using the wrong lever of change.

I had the opportunity to talk more to Tony about how the five levers came to be. We also discussed different kinds of change and why some change is so difficult. Give a listen to this BONUS feature of Anchored in Education.

About Tony

An award-winning teacher, engaging presenter, and best-selling author, Tony Frontier works with teachers and school leaders nationally and internationally to help them prioritize efforts to improve student engagement and student learning. With expertise in student engagement, formative assessment, effective instruction, teacher supervision, and strategic planning, Frontier emphasizes a systems approach to build capacity to empower teachers and leaders to improve each student’s schooling experience. He frequently facilitates workshops at international conferences and in schools and districts around the country.

In addition to his work as a consultant, Frontier serves as an assistant professor of doctoral leadership studies at Cardinal Stritch University, where he teaches courses in curriculum development, 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, and central office administrator to his workshops, writing, and research.

Frontier holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership for the advancement of learning and service and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. He has been recognized by Marquette University as the Outstanding Young Alumnus for the School of Education, was the recipient of the Jack Keane Outstanding Young Educator Award for the State of Wisconsin, was selected as an ASCD emerging leader, and is a past member of the ASCD Leadership Council and a past-president of Wisconsin ASCD.

His publications include coauthoring several ASCD books and is also a frequent contributor to Educational Leadership® magazine. He can be reached at