"'Dr. Franny' as she is lovingly referred to by her colleagues, is one of the most inspirational educators with whom I have worked in the span of my 20+ year career in education. Her wisdom as a coach, consultant, keynoter and genuine human being makes learning from her joyful, transformative and seemingly effortless. You know you belong and that nearly anything is possible when collaborating with Fran. She is a true champion of teachers, teacher leaders, administrators and school communities."
— Nyssa Brown
International Arts Education Curriculum Consultant, Music Ed Forward
"This PD was probably one of the best I have ever attended. It provided a diagnosis for what I was experiencing and it allowed me to open and share what I thought were my weak characteristics only to find out that I am not alone. It gave me an opportunity to self reflect and set person goals for myself without feeling I’m neglecting my love ones, friends and co-workers. Thank you!"
— Dena Boyd
Psychologist, Newport News Public Schools, Virginia
"Fran is the best staff developer I have ever known. She is smart, focused, respectful, and inspiring. Most professional developers I know are very good in one or two or areas... Fran is rare in her ability to view the world through a classroom teachers' eyes and to offer support which brings together the best thinking and research in pedagogy."
— Dr. Morton Sherman
Deputy Executive Director, AASA, Alexandria, VA
"I have known Dr. Prolman professionally for nearly 30 years and I have yet to meet an instructor with her gift for training administrators, superintendents and teachers. Fran is, by nature, an interpreter. I have seen her take the most complicated concepts and have a class of 30 educators both understanding and applying them within an 8 hour class period. Fran’s love of learning is contagious. She understands that good teaching is an extremely complicated set of concepts and components. Dr. Prolman has that unique ability to build on what educators already know, moving them from rote teaching to inspired activities that engage students. It is this ability to inspire educators to engage students that is her greatest gift."
— Jerald L. Newberry
Executive Director, National Education Association, Health Information Network, Emeritus
"Fran is a rare breed. Truly. People come into our lives and teach us, some inspire us, and motivate us to be better people, but very few are able to affect us in each way! Fran’s insight on educational policy is remarkable, but it is her analysis of human behavior that makes her interactions profound as she touches lives and find the perfect word or phrase to build and speak life into another. I truly am blessed for having learned from Fran."
— Mr. Mark Jennings
Professional Developer and School Administrator, Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia
"The BEST training EVER!
Dr. Franny is a remarkable presenter, and brought us ALL together.
What a gift you gave to us!
— Nancy Hunyady
Mental Health Professional, Newport News Public Schools, Virginia
“With so much research about the difficulty of implementing change in a school system, our 20 year experience of working with Fran Prolman has proved that change can happen, and happen well. With her exceptional consulting skills, Fran was able to lead our district culture and think along with us. She has been the ideal consultant on such projects as the development and roll out of our new Teacher Evaluation Plan, working with each school's administrative team for a consistent approach to writing observation reports. Fran, with a wide range of research and resources at her command, is a most impressive presenter for teachers and administrators on pedagogy. Fran has been so effective, not only because of her incredible knowledge base, but also because she has helped us confront our issues with refreshing, sound solutions and thus, has earned the respect of the educators in our school system.”
— Mrs. Lynne Shain
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Scarsdale, New York Public Schools
“Fran is the most impressive speaker I have ever experienced with her dynamic presentation, her eloquence, intelligence and wealth of information. From being inspired by her as a keynote speaker at a conference, we were lucky enough to woo Fran to our school district, which grew into a seven-year partnership with Fran as Riverhead, NY’s primary source of professional development for all of the administrators and teachers. The result of her input was a total redesign of the district’s teacher evaluation and supervision systems, which was fully supported by both administration and the teacher’s union. This was the first time in my career that I experienced an entire administrative staff evaluating and supervising instructional staff based upon the same expectations and criteria, as well as teachers who were fully aware in advance of those expectations. Everyone was on the same page, working toward high levels of teaching skill in the best interest of students thanks to Fran and her skill.”
— Diana Zuchelli
Division Administrator for Special Education, Eastern Suffolk NY BOCES
"In my 25 years, never have I been a part of a division PD like this. The breakout rooms were powerful!"
— Anthony Mungin
Principal, Newport News Public Schools
"Fran Prolman came to the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District as part of a program to teach a single course in effective methodologies to enhance teaching and learning. Little did she know that we learned so much from both her content and her knowledge-base, that our cohort enticed her to create a subsequent summer course just for us, then another, and then yet another! It is a testament to Dr. Prolman that classroom teachers love to learn from her! She made the week-long courses fly by, with a combination of direct instruction, small-group work, lots of moving around, and participant involvement. I still use her researched-based strategies today as I conduct professional development workshops with teachers in my district and all over the country!"
— Kathy Schrock
Administrator for Technology, Nauset Public Schools, Orleans MA
Creator of Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators
"Dynamic, professional and highly knowledgeable are the terms that come to mind when I think about the work of Dr. Fran Prolman. I have watched her weave strong practical advice into the best of research for administrators and classroom practitioners. Her keen wit along with phenomenal organizational skills provide a foundation for school-wide development, developing teachers as researchers or providing a vision of transformative leadership. I highly recommend Dr. Prolman to any school district who wants to work with a forward thinking, well organized professional. The students, faculty and community with whom she interacts will benefit by her presence."
— Dr. Beverly D. Shaklee
Director, Center for International Education, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia