Building Student Self-Direction: Practices Which Boost Student Agency and Advocacy in the Classroom by Fran Prolman

This workshop will provide a clear and consistent vision of what students leading their own learning looks like and sounds like.

You will leave with a repertoire of practical strategies and structures to support student agency in your classroom. Expand your capacity to:

  • build a culture of collaboration and trust with your students
  • clarify the role of learning targets and student self-assessment strategies for student reflection and achievement
  • enable students to set their own goals in support of the learning targets
  • design the structures for a “No Secrets” classroom
  • create a data driven classroom where students analyze their learning, their gaps, their goals and action plans for mastery.

Build a classroom and a school where students seek meaning and act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. The development of agency may be the important an outcome of their schooling experience.

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: Friday, Session 2, 12:30-14:00 Helena II