Having Assertive Conversations: Self-Directed Voice for Adults and Students in Difficult Situations by Fran Prolman

This practical workshop will expand your repertoire of skills to facilitate assertive conversations with colleagues, and to teach students to have assertive conversations with each other and with adults.


By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • assert your position and perspective without seeming argumentative
  • present your rationale in a logical way and with expertise and clear thinking
  • speak your truth while maintaining a positive relationship with your dialogue partner
  • listen to and understand the needs and issues facing those I intend to influence
  • understand what drives the people who hold diametric opinions and perspectives from your own

Practice skills to minimize defensiveness, maximize active listening, and stick to the data without making it personal. Walk away with strategies to keep your cool, stay dispassionately disengaged and stay on the message.

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 6, 13:20-14:50 Congress Hall A