Frank Pisi


Frank Pisi

Director, History & Social Science | Sacramento County Office of Education

Frank Pisi is the Director of History/Social Science at the Sacramento County Office of Education. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s degree in Teaching History from Occidental College, where he specialized in student –centered curriculum development. Frank began his teaching career at the middle school and high school levels in the Elk Grove Unified School District, serving as classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator. After five years in the classroom, Frank transitioned to the California Department of Education (CDE), where he helped to shape school reform policy and worked to ensure greater efficiency in after-school and extended learning time programs. As the coordinator of CDE’s Regional System of District and School Support, he provided guidance to low performing schools and districts across the state. He has assisted hundreds of elementary and middle school after school programs in their efforts to better align program and practice to student needs and content standards. Throughout his career, he has personally trained thousands of classroom teachers in curriculum planning and implementation and after school program staff in strategies to infuse State Board of Education adopted curriculum standards into after school activities while maintaining a high level of youth involvement in the planning process. A strong proponent of youth-centered and youth driven programming, Frank regularly speaks about the critical importance of creating a relevant, engaging, and supportive environment to foster student success. Frank served as General Manager of THINK Together’s Capital Region; Frank was responsible for overseeing the implementation of THINK’s ASES, 21st CCLC, and Supplemental Education Services. Prior to hid current work, Frank was Director of the California AfterSchool Network (CAN) at the UC Davis School of Education. CAN is the largest expanded learning program support network in the nation. There he oversaw the country’s largest STEM in Out of School Time initiative and assisted other State After School Networks in their development. Currently Frank directs SCOE’s Action Civics Initiative, which is designed to bring cross-curricular teams of middle and high school teachers together to engage their students in service projects around youth-identified issues or concerns. Through this initiative, Frank is working towards a vision where civic engagement and responsibility is taught across the entire curriculum, forming the context for learning.
Frank is a native Californian, born and raised in Sacramento. He lives with his wife, Estella, a Registered Nurse, and three children: Fiorella, Diego, and Joaquin.


Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Just as technology has made our lives easier (though that’s debatable), it has also made traditional ways of participating in our democracy and society less appealing to the younger generations. I believe that we need to be as nimble as possible to create ways that citizens can be engaged in their communities. If youth are truly the future leaders and change agents that we need them to be, we have to be able to provide them with opportunities to be leaders and change agents early and often.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

Colleagues who think outside of the box and can help us to reimagine what civic engagement means for the future.