Introduction to Transforming Schools; Leading and Learning in Complex Systems by Fran Prolman

This introductory workshop identifies the structures necessary for challenging the isolating silos that exist in schools so they don’t inhibit adult growth.

Join us for this practical, strategy-embedded presentation where you will identify and practice skills to understand your colleagues’ perspectives while withholding judgment, explore their beliefs, diverse perspectives and cultures and build an intentional foundation of conscious trust.

Given all of the moving parts in any human system, conflict is an expected part of the process of learning and growing. Naming and practicing skills for reframing conflict into positive energy, and honoring diversity of thought and perspectives becomes an opportunity to ensure growth and collaboration in your school.

Selected strategies to expand your skills in reframing conflict will be addressed as well. Leave not only with an expanded repertoire of skills to grow capacity within yourself and others, but gain an understanding of the powerful learning which the four day Transforming Schools: Leading and Learning in Complex Systems provides.

The outcomes of the four-day institute, from which you will receive a taste are:

1. Develop strategies to foster strong relationships, psychological safety, trust and inclusive school cultures.
2. Build collaborative structures to support adult interactions and student learning.
3. Reframe conflict as opportunity for cognitive debate, enhanced innovation and expanded perspectives.
4. Design meetings which are worth your time
5. Analyze the interrelated system of your school as you strategically expand the skills of its stakeholders.
6. Expand your capacity to influence and inspire current decisions and colleagues as build a transformative school.

Fran Prolman

The founder, president and senior consultant of The Learning Colalborative, Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized teacher, administrator, author, consultant and keynote speaker.

She is known for her depth of knowledge, dynamism, energy, practical application and proven track record of results. Fran earned her Doctorate in Teacher Training, International Education and Organizational Development from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a two-time Fulbright Scholar in both India and Israel, and has presented numerous papers, workshops and keynote speeches nationally and internationally.

Fran brings you 30 years of experience providing multifaceted work with organizations and school systems throughout the United States and the world. She was the first Understanding by Design cadre trainer designing curriculum training throughout the United States, a faculty member for ASCD and the senior consultant at Research for Better Teaching training trainers and educating thousands of administrators and teachers in effective learning practice. Fran focuses on building human capacity through a variety of avenues. She facilitates leadership retreats for teachers, administrators and executives; delivers organization-wide keynote speeches and workshops, coaches to build highly functional teams; assists organizations and teams in the appropriate use of data, designs professional growth and evaluation systems and brings insight to the change process.

She is a frequent presenter for the U.S. Department of State, European Council of International Schools, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Central and Eastern European Schools Association, Near East South Asia Association of International Schools, African Association of International Schools, the Tri-Association for the Caribbean and Central America and numerous client school systems in the United States.

Additional Info

  • Timetable: Saturday, Session 4, 09:30-10:55 Congress Hall D