Episode 9:  Strengthening Self Compassion and Resilience -
Interview with Fran Prolman

What is the difference between self-care and self-compassion – and why does it matter?  What is working for teachers and school communities around the world as we see to strengthen resilience?  This podcast with the amazing Fran Prolman is real talk, real inspiration, and real ideas for how to practice the skills and mindset to help us through tough times.  Get ready to be inspired and uplifted!

Fran Prolman

International Education Consultant

The Learning Collaborative

Dr. Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized consultant specializing in educational leadership, school improvement and instructional strategies as well as communication skills, critical thinking and organizational development.  Fran earned her doctorate in teacher training and international education from George Washington University and a Masters 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 and workshops nationally and internationally.

Fran brings 30 years of educational experience as a teacher, staff developer, administrator, graduate level university instructor and published author.  She has made frequent presentations at state, national, and international conferences including the United States Department of State AERO Curriculum Institute, the European Council of International Schools, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Learning Forward, the Central and Eastern European Schools Association, The Tri-Association, The Mediterranean Association of International Schools, The African International Schools Association and the Near East South Asia Association of International Schools.

Much of her time is spent in multifaceted organizational development work with school systems throughout the United States and internationally.  She is known for her depth of knowledge coupled with high energy and practical application of content.  Dr. Prolman incorporates a variety of training approaches: small group discussion, collaborative problem solving, videotape analysis, demonstrations and dynamic interchange through her work.

Fran facilitates leadership retreats for administrators, delivers system-wide keynote speeches and workshops, and coaches administrators in the building of professional learning communities, instructional supervision, evaluation and professional growth systems and the change process.  She also facilitates workshops for teachers focusing on differentiated instruction, formative and summative assessment, classroom application of instructional strategies that enhance student achievement, critical thinking, and curriculum design for a Common Core standards-based classroom.

Dr. Prolman is President of The Learning Collaborative based in Great Falls, VA, and Vice President for Training for the Center for Arts in Basic Curriculum.

Nyssa Brown: I have always believed that anything is truly possible – and my life experience reinforces this belief. I have had the honor of teaching in schools in 5 different countries and facilitating professional development for teachers from 6 continents. And just when my mind and heart seem full, there is a person or an experience that broadens my world even further.


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