Who is Dr. Frano?
He was born in Montenegro, a republic of former Yugoslavia, Europe. As Albanians in former Yugoslavia were treated as second class citizens, Dr. Frano’s parents wanted better for their children. Due to push and pull factors, they began the journey to America in 1970, first going to Rome, Italy and then settling to Detroit, Michigan-USA.
Dr. Frano grew up and received his education in MI-USA. For 13 years, he worked as K-12 English teacher for the Detroit Public Schools and for two years as Bilingual Specialist in the Central office of the district. Following this experience, he worked for six years as Assistant Principal at an application school in Detroit- Communication and Media Arts High school. He received his Masters in English Education and the Ed. S-Education Specialist in the area of General Administration and Supervision from Wayne State University. In 1996 Dr. Frano received his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from Wayne State University defending his comprehensive study dissertation in the area of Multilingual Multicultural Education.
While working as the school principal for K-8 schools in the Detroit Public School, Dr. Frano was an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University teaching three graduate level course in area of language acquisition and multicultural education to teachers who were working on their Master’s degree. During this time Dr. Frano turned around two failing K-8 public schools into high achieving schools in DPS prior to being promoted to Assistant Superintendent to manage 20/ k-12 schools in the Detroit Public Schools. He also developed and established the Department of Multilingual and Multicultural Education for the DPS school district made up of the office of English Language Learners, Office of Foreign Languages and Office of Social Studies.
Following Dr. Frano’s 35 years’ career in the DPS, he retired but soon after worked for a Charter school for a year as a principal and later decided to contribute to education on the International arena. He was one of the 10 worldwide recruited trainers by LeapEd on behalf of the Malaysian Ministry of Education. In 2015 being one of the two selected from U.S, among others from Canada, England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa worked cooperatively and collaboratively in reviewing worldwide curriculums and developing Prestasi-A Transformasi program for school leaders. A transformation program to train 100 Ministry of Education- elementary and secondary school leaders in Malaysia to transform them to 21st century teaching and learning. Following this rewarding experience, Dr. Frano worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the beginning of 2018 to assist the board in transforming a Swedish school that the Swedish government was no longer sponsoring into an International School.
Dr. Frano was very active in the Albanian-American community and was featured on national and international media. He is the Author of an Albanian book, ‘Cry of an Eagle,” Fishta Publishing, 2006 and the Albanian Cultural Component Guide for Secondary Schools and has written numerous articles and presenter at a number PD for school leaders and teachers.
Dr. Frano Ivezaj is writing a book on his contribution in K-12 education on international arena and he was selected by SIMA Group of Erbil, Kurdistan to take BISK to the next level where he is passionate about ensuring that a world class education is provided to nearly 500- Kg-13 students at British International School in Kurdistan whereby students graduating from this school will enable them to enroll at any university including U.S to ensure Kurdistan will have well prepared well educated leaders.
He is married with two children. His daughter Kristale is married to an internationally known architect Perparim Rama from 4MGroup, headquartered in London. Dr. Frano is a grandfather of two beautiful GRANDCHILDREN; Arra and Tiger. His son Lindon and Sofia are back in Michigan and may soon join Dr. Frano here in Erbil, Kurdistan. Please feel free to meet our new principal Dr. Frano and he will personally give you a tour of BISK.