Professional Development Facilitator
Fran Starks serves as a Professional Development Facilitator with SLI. Fran is responsible for delivering Best Practice Workshops, and providing leadership, and instructional support, to schools working to increase student achievement. She often serves as an Interim Principal and additionally provides training in Team Building to school districts. Fran has been a School Improvement Coach for the State of Illinois and a staff coach for “Turning Points” (a National School Reform Organization). She is a former elementary and high school science teacher and a retired principal who has served in both Elementary and Middle School. As a principal, Fran supervised over 90 teachers plus ancillary staff. She provided professional development in areas such as data analysis, differentiated instruction and lesson planning and delivery. Fran is skillfully trained in current Best Practices and other essential areas required for Professional Development in Education. She continues to be asked to formally mentor new administrators. Fran is known for her ability to present information in ways which allow learners to easily internalize the information. She is creative and has a wealth of background knowledge related to how students learn. She has earned recognition as a Master Teacher and as an Outstanding Principal from the Illinois Principals Association. Fran holds a BS Degree in Biology from Chicago State University, a Masters Degree in Education from Governor’s State University as well as an Administrative Certificate.