“Fran is easy to work with, flexible, and well prepared.
He not only talks leadership and motivation, he walks the talk.”
Russ Simon, Senior Policy Associate
New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals, Inc.
Thank you for your interest in our consulting work. Through the years, Instruction & Design Concepts has developed many professionally unique relationships with various people, organizations and companies collaboratively “making things happen.” Below you’ll find a selection of some of our work:
In addition to being a member of the Ohio State University Leadership Center Advisory Committee, Fran consulted with the center in 2003 to assist implementing cost recovery strategies, strategically grow program offerings, and explore potential product ideas. In 2009, he helped plan, market, and present a public workshop with the OSU Leadership Center.
Fran taught as a consulting adjunct faculty member at Wilmington College (Ohio) and served as the consulting director for the Wilmington Leadership Institute from 1995-1998. During this time, Wilmington College was recognized by the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP) and the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) as one of the top 16 programs in the U.S. The program was also selected for inclusion in the Center for Creative Leadership Education Source Book (7th Edition).
Fran Kick consulted and helped develop the high school leadership conference “Finding the Leader in You” presented on April 14, 2005. In addition to serving as a consulting member of the faculty planning team, he worked closely with the student planning team. Eight area high schools participated in the day-long program.
The Washington-Centerville Public Library approached Fran to speak at their annual Good Life Award Ceremony and consult in the creation of a full-page newspaper kidsINK activity page. We also created a series of classroom activities for teachers to use in conjunction with this writing contest. The contest and awards are made possible by an endowment from the family of Dorothy Yeck, who believed that you’re never too young to have a positive impact on the world.
Fran Kick was the narrator for the library’s 2011 informational video Your Library: The Key to it All!
Created as a half-hour after-school special television show, Fran worked as host and served as one of the co-producers. The project involved extensive on-the-street, in-the-schools and at-the-mall interviews as well as in-studio small group discussions. In addition to the show, six discussion starter videos were developed as ten-minute openers for KICKing off small group dialogue on subjects such as: parents, teachers, family, friends, TV and the media.
January 10, 2008 CPS hosted an event for every eighth-grade student who attended any of the thirty K-8 schools in the district. This program served as a culminating experience for the 2008-09 Ninth-Grade Application Period, during which time each student selects which high school in the district they wish to attend. The goal was to help eighth-graders take what they learned about careers and connect them to one of the Career-Technical Pathways offered in the district’s seventeen high schools.
Every year since 1999, Fran Kick has helped KICK-off this unique collaborative event with 8th-10th grade students from across the Cincinnati Metropolitan Region with Great Oaks, one of the largest career and technical education districts in the United States.
In 2008, Fran Kick was approached to develop a simple middle school behavioral modification pilot program to help focus attention on the positive things happening in school and nurture more intrinsic or self-motivation within students.
The Greater Cincinnati Tech Prep Consortium had sponsored events where we KICKed IT IN with both students and teachers for years. However, in 2005 they were interested in creating both a Leadership and College Convocation Program for students in high schools across the Greater Cincinnati region. After consulting with Terry Benedict, Assistant Director for the Greater Cincinnati Tech Prep Consortium, ideas were prepared and presented to the organizing committee as well as Tim Nolan, Director of the Consortium. The Tech Prep Leadership Program and Convocation was launched in 2005 for 500 students and grew to almost 700 in 2007.
The first Leadership Academy we created for BPA in 2004 was a two-day college/high school student leadership program. In 2005, we added a junior high/middle school student leadership program. The National Leadership Academy continues to be a premier, interactively engaging, cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary leadership learning experience for business education students. The BPA Leadership Academy program curriculum has intentionally been aligned to many of the content standards recognized by established accrediting agencies, professional associations, departments of education, and educational entities.
In 2004, the City of Kettering Parks & Recreation Administration in cooperation with the Kettering Youth Council retained Fran to facilitate a Town Hall Meeting. The goal was to get participants from all sectors and organizations together sharing ideas on what steps the city could take individually, organizationally and across the city so that kids would have the best chance to succeed. In addition to designing the meeting format and activities, Fran prepared a Post-Town Hall Report to document the process and ideas collected.
In 2008 and 2009, the North American Simulation and Gaming Association presented a one-day Teacher/Educator program at their annual conference. Fran coordinated with each State Department of Education to secure professional development C.E.U. credits for participating teachers. Lined up clinicians, scheduled the program, provided promotional flyers and web site support. In addition, follow-up handout materials and evaluations were created and sent to all teachers following the program.
The YMCA Teens in Action Mentors Matter program along with the Miami Valley Golf Association, wanted to KICK off their program with an interactive approach which would help “plant the seeds” for the entire series.
In 2010, Fran Kick with Cub Scout Pack 148 created “The Patch You Don’t Need For Doing A Good Deed” and shared it in 2011 with the Miami Valley Council’s University of Scouting Keynote “KICK IT IN Scouting!”
Originally created in 1994, this one-day, 12-hour, non-stop experiential leadership adventure was developed with Frank Crockett, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Bringing Fran’s high-energy presentations together with Frank’s high-level ropes course experiences, the program integrates leadership and teambuilding theory at a whole new level for student leaders.
Developed largely as an expansion of the KICK IT IN & HIT THE ROPES program, this week long program incorporated additional study skills, superior learning strategies, adventure challenges and reflective goal setting journeys. MegaCamp was designed for 13-17 year old students in junior high, middle and high school from across the Midwest.
This six-month consulting assignment with the hotel/restaurant division for the commercial service products group included monthly programs covering topics such as: increasing self-awareness, locus of control, motivation, self-acceptance, self-image, self-esteem, developing community, team building, communication barriers & builders, and dealing with change. After an initial meeting with the operations manager, all materials, sessions and curriculum was developed and implemented both in large group, half or full day retreats as well as one-on-one counseling sessions.
The Indiana Tourism Division, the Association of Indiana Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus, the Indiana Hotel and Motel Association, the Council of Indiana Attractions, the Indiana Restaurant Association, the Indiana State Festivals Association, the Indiana Bed & Breakfast Association, the Recreational Vehicle Council of Indiana, all came together at the 2000 Hoosier Hospitality Conference. After one of the planning committee members saw us KICKin’ IT IN at a college orientation, he requested we custom create two presentations.
Volunteers of America, the Major League Baseball Players Trust, and the Cincinnati Reds created an Action Team to encourage high school students to get involved in their communities and help those in need. Action Teams, composed of Major League baseball players and area high school students who are selected as Team Captains, work together to deliver an important message to students that volunteering is cool, fun and personally rewarding. To date, nationwide more than 14,000 high school volunteers have helped over 60,000 people in their communities. Fran was asked to deliver the Team Captain Orientation in 2008, Presenting Yourself as a Leader.
Beginning in 1990, Tim Lautzenheiser and Fran Kick began ‘tag-teaming’ with a unique student leadership workshop for both high school and junior high/middle school students. Hundreds of students attended these programs which were hosted by dozens of schools across the country up until 1997. Fran’s junior high/middle school curriculum continues to be a model for many other programs he presents to students in grades 6-8.
Fran has worked with this not-for-profit youth focused organization since 1990 as both a speaker/clinician and consultant. In 1998-99 his efforts focused more on developing the Leadership Weekend Experience and culminated in coordinating schedule, staff, curriculum and overall design for 500-700 student participants from across the U.S. for this weekend event. He continues to work for this world-class music education organization on a project-by-project basis and has actively served as a leadership consultant coordinating the student leadership curriculum for the entire Sumer Symposium each year.
From 1991-1999, Fran was instrumental in both curriculum design and staff training for this unique summer camp program which reaches approximately 4,000 students every year. Starting in 1996 Fran became more involved with marketing and advertising development for the clinics. He presented at weekly camp student programs, staff training workshops and advised management throughout the year on a semi-monthly basis.
This unique exclusively web-based approach to educational music publishing and distribution was first founded and created by Fran Kick in 1996. Considered by many as a one-of-a-kind-first on the internet, MusicExpresso strived to be the future of educational music publishing and distribution. In addition to designing, developing and launching this venture, Fran created “An Online Digital Toolkit for Band Directors” which was a CD-ROM co-op based marketing piece involving EarthLink/Sprint as well as seventeen other software companies. For an archived version of the site visit: http://www.musicexpresso.com
In the spring and summer of 1998, Fran helped to develop and implement a completely new approach to marching band evaluation education in the state of Ohio. His session entitled: “Helping Bands KICK IT IN: Adjudication that’s visually, musically, and constructively beneficial” was a highlight at the State Convention as well as five continuing education sessions held across the state.
If you have a project you’re currently involved in or planning and would like to discuss the possibilities of “making something happen” that will really KICK IT IN, please feel free to contact Fran directly. Just let him know what your thoughts are and what your ideas might be. Because of the individualized and customized nature of every project, all work is done on a per-project basis financially and logistically.