Transforming Schools Institute



"As schools grow, evolve and transform, ensuring that all school stakeholders grow as well is essential." - Dr. Fran Prolman

This institute identifies the structures and facilitation skills necessary for challenging the isolating silos that exist in schools, departments and offices as they inhibit adult growth. Strong collaboration structures and skills become the process necessary for organizations, teams and meetings to be high functioning ones. The institute also uncovers the components of organizational complexity, and the skillset to live in ambiguity. You will identify and practice skills to understand your colleagues’ perspectives while withholding judgment, and embrace a process of group development on a continuum which constantly evolves and transforms.

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

The foundation of this work is built on conscious trust. How we build and support trust will be explored here. In addition, as colleagues explore their beliefs, diverse perspectives and cultures, skillful facilitating among adults is necessary to expand your own capacity and the capacity of those around yourself. As a result, this institute will also be highlighting facilitative skills.

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. Those strategies will be addressed as well.

*Who Should Attend: This training is created specifically for a range of Senior and Intermediate Level Leaders within international schools. It is also very effective as a Leadership Team Training for a group looking to lead sustainable transformation and change collaboratively within their unique school community. This may include:
• Heads of School & Directors
• Principals & Assistant Principals
• Curriculum/ Learning/ Technology/ Athletics Directors & Leads
• Department Chairs, Grade Level Leads
• Business/ Admissions/ Advancement/ Marketing Directors & Leads and more.
All leaders or educators interested in developing the mindset, understanding and skills to lead in the transformation of their school are welcome!



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Workshop Facilitator:

Dr. Fran Prolman is the founder, president and senior consultant of The Learning Collaborative, 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 30 years of experience providing multifaceted work with organizations and school systems throughout the United States and the world. She was a member of the first Understanding by Design trainer cadre for ASCD designing curriculum training throughout the United States, a faculty member for ASCD and a senior consultant at Research for Better Teaching developing trainers and educating thousands of administrators and teachers in effective learning practices. 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.

Fran is a frequent presenter for in regional association conferences around the world and numerous client school systems in the United States. She is the author of the best-selling book, Building Your Instructional Leadership, and the soon-to-be-released book, Transforming Schools: Leading and Learning Through Complex Systems.

Registration Fee Includes:
• Transportation to and from the Sonesta Hotel to NSU's Campus each day
• All Course Materials
• Lunch and 2 Refreshments Breaks each day
• 1 Group Dinner (Tuesday evening)

Registration & Tuition Fee
AAIE Members: $875
(After 15 March: $975)
Non-Members: $995
(After 15 March: $1095)

AAIE Event Refund/Cancellation Policy
The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If AAIE cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund for all AAIE registration fees, or provide the option to transfer registration to another event of the registrant’s choosing. In the event of low enrollment, AAIE will notify via email all registered participants no less than 4 weeks prior to the date of the event.


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Hotel Reservation Information

ALL rooms have a stunning ocean view!

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
United States
Phone: 855.463.3096

Special Discount Room Rates Available Until 24 May 2018 (or until sold out).

Photographs and Videos

Please be advised that photographs and videos will be taken at the event for use on the AAIE website and in the press, AAIE marketing materials, and all other AAIE publications. By participating in an AAIE 2017-18 Session, you consent to AAIE staff photographing and using your image and likeness. AAIE reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at AAIE 2017-18 events, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. AAIE may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by AAIE including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.