Parent Programs

Fran Kick, M.A. Educational Psychology

Carrots and sticks. Bribes and punishment. Are you tired of what passes for motivation these days? Kick It In with Fran Kick and spark the inspiration parents need to develop the self-motivation and personal leadership skills their students will need to succeed and to lead.

Couple dancing

Parents have KICKed IT IN with Fran Kick at parent-teacher open house nights, community volunteer trainings, parent workshop and association conferences. Fran’s unique perspective on what it takes to develop more self-motivation has been successful at “turning on the light bulbs” and giving participants more than just “something to think about.” It’s all about motivating kids to motivate themselves, helping parents instill more self-motivation and personal leadership in their children.

Topics for presentation themes include:

  • Helping parents help students pay attention and respond appropriately to life
  • Discovering the generational disconnects that sometimes get in the way
  • Perspective sharing and understanding how we look at things differently
  • The power of example because actions speak louder than words
  • Positive and constructive vs. negative and critical—you make a big difference
  • Getting more students as well as parents involved and cooperatively contributing
  • Instilling the self-discipline of focus and the personal power of attention
  • Positively reinforcing your kids to make positive choices
  • Providing parents with both simple strategies and practical tactics


Bob Barfield
White Knoll High School, South Carolina
Thank you so much for coming to work with our students and parents! I am still hearing positive feedback from both the students and the parents. I cherish the opportunity to have you share your vision and professionalism. We need more people like you motivating our youth! Thanks for helping our school year end on such a positive note!Bob Barfield

Jane Hochstein & Marilyn Simpson, Academic Volunteer Coordinators
Centerville City Schools, Ohio
Thank you for presenting such a dynamic, energetic, and motivating workshop to the volunteers and parents of Centerville City Schools. Your enthusiasm and humor brought the topic to life. These are a few of the comments people wrote on the evaluations concerning what was most helpful to them:

"Ways to be more positive so that I don't encourage negative behavior"
"Handout well constructed, tons of information"
"Thanks for making this 'fun.' It made me want to get better and work harder."

We deeply appreciate the time and effort you devoted to preparing and presenting this workshop. The flyers, posters, and news releases were effective in publicizing the event as evidenced by the number in attendance. Your commitment to helping adults and students work together more effectively was obvious in every aspect of your presentation.Centerville City Schools

Ann Graves, Assistant Superintendent
Lubbock ISD, Texas
Thank you again for the sensational and motivation programs you presented to the students and parents of Lubbock ISD. The comments are still circulating about the positive, energetic, and high-energy program that many agree should be seen by all! Leadership through character building has lasting effects and it was a wonderful opportunity for the parents to be able to experience the same enthusiasm as shared earlier in the day by their children. The children of today are our leaders of tomorrow. Keep on 'Kicking It In!'Ann Graves

Karen Wilmer, Parent
Woodward Academy, Atlanta, Georgia
He said a lot in a little bit of time and I felt my time was so well spent. What excellent values and time-tested truths he passed along to build stronger families and healthier children. He was excellent.Woodward Academy

Barb McVean, Principal
Holy Family School, Le Roy, New York
Your message was received with great enthusiasm and we're all truly grateful for having had the opportunity to hear you speak. Several parents have commented to me that they have 'seen the light' and have begun a new course of more positive communication with their children. I was amazed, frankly, to hear how many had previously given costly rewards for good behavior and high grades, but had done precious little to help their children achieve either. That, I'm told, is about to change! Thanks to you, parents are feeling a new, energizing sense of commitment to their children's learning, and they intend to lend supportive help and encouragement to it daily. These parents are determined to be INVOLVED. They want to help their children experience the joy of working toward a goal and completing a job well done.Holy Family School

C. Robert Maxfield, Superintendent
Farmington Public Schools, Michigan
Your presentations at the four middle schools received rave reviews and you obviously struck a responsive chord with the parents who attended the evening program. Their comments afterwards were heartfelt and sincere. In addition to your excellent presentations to the student and adult audiences, I was impressed with your cooperative 'can-do' spirit. In your informal contacts with our staff and the Farmington Families in Action volunteers you demonstrated a sincere interest and enthusiasm for our on-going programs. Such external feedback is invaluable. Thank you for a job well done. We look forward to working with you in the future.Robert Maxfield

Linda Enberg, Parent Volunteer
Farmington Families In Action, Michigan
The parent program was very well done and an excellent conversation starter. The topic had much substance and encouraged parents to start listening and communicating better with their children. The parent and student tapes were thought provoking. The parents were wanting more when the kids came back. I think that's a good problem to have. You have been delightful to work with, and we would gladly have you back. Your optimistic, enthusiastic outlook on life was contagious.Farmington Families In Action

Jeffrey Haas, Teacher
Ridgewood High School, New Jersey
Three months have passed by and people are STILL talking about your visit! Having you address all of our high school students, our student leaders, and our school parents in one day was a tall order, but you filled that order perfectly, and all three presentations went way beyond any expectations that my colleagues and I could have had. I found it most exciting to watch the dynamic of each room, as the attendees went from being audience members to being participants. It's interesting that students and parents can have the same comments about anything, let alone a 'lecturer.' But perhaps the differing comments say more - when a fifteen year old says the program was 'inspiring and introspective' and a fifty year old says it was 'awesome,' you know you've really hit the mark!Jeffrey Haas


Details & Setup


Group Size: As few as 40 to audiences as large as 10,800+ Fran Kick interactively inspires parents to help their kids to be self-motivated and develop the personal leadership they need to succeed.

Program Length: Available for 30-, 40-, 45-, 60-, or 90-minute presentations for any event as well as 3-hour (half-day) and 6-hour (full-day) for workshops.

Room Setup Options

Fran’s goal at every event is to be the easiest speaker you’ve ever dealt with. His setup needs are few and because every program is different, every location is different, every audience is different, we’ll always confirm exact setup and AV requests prior to the program. There are however a few items that are typically suggested:

Auditorium/Theater: Perfect with open empty stage, well lit and house lights up—no spot lights.

Convention/Multi-Purpose Meeting Rooms: Set with chairs (ideally no tables) in a curved-row theater-style arrangement. This Audience-Centered Seating™ approach creates the most comfortable, viewable, and focused presentation possible. If the audience size will be over 400 and the room has a flat floor, a few 12–24 inch high platform risers would be suggested.

Gymnasium: Only if none of the above rooms are available, please sit parents on one side, with any additional parents sitting on the floor, in chairs, in front of the gymnasium bleachers.

A/V Requested

Microphone: Wireless hand-held (1st choice) or wired with plenty lots of cord (2nd choice).

A/V: Large flip pad of paper on an easel with markers. NO PowerPoint® will be used!

Added A/V requests for workshops:
TV monitor or video projector with a DVD player (not a laptop)
Enough room for activities (on stage or by moving chairs)

Again, all these items are listed here simply for pre-planning purposes. Any and all AV requests will be finalized prior to the program. For an easy-to-share, PDF version of this setup information, please download and print out the following file:

Fran Kick's room set up information page with diagram Fran Kick’s room setup information page with diagram and details to download and share

Get Adobe® Reader®


Letters of Reference

Letters of Reference

If you’re interested in reviewing a few of the many letters received from people just like you, and you have Adobe® Reader®, then simply follow the links below:

Read what others say about working with Fran Kick Parent Program Letters of Reference

Read what others say about working with Fran Kick Teacher In-Service Letters of Reference

Read what others say about working with Fran Kick Conference/Association Letters of Reference

Get Adobe® Reader®


Client List


Adams Elementary School, Hamilton, Ohio
Allen Academy, Dayton, Ohio
Alter High School, Kettering, Ohio
Bath Middle School, Lima, Ohio
Beavercreek High School, Beavercreek, Ohio
Bellbrook High School, Bellbrook, Ohio
Bellbrook Junior High School, Bellbrook, Ohio
Belmont High School, Dayton, Ohio
Berlin High School, Berlin, Connecticut
Black River Local School District, Sullivan, Ohio
Boone County High School, Florence, Kentucky
Brown Co. Educational Service Center, Georgetown, Ohio
Butler Co. JVS District, Hamilton, Ohio
Carson Middle School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Centerville City Schools Academic Volunteer Program
Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, North Carolina
Choteau Public Schools, Montana
Cincinnati Public Schools Education Center In-Service, Ohio
Clinton-Massie Local School District, Clarksville, Ohio
Dayton Mothers of Twins Club
Deer Park Schools, Deer Park, Texas
Delaware Community School Corporation, Muncie, Indiana
Department of Catholic Education, Buffalo, New York
Derry Township School District, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Diocese of Salina Schools, Salina, Kansas
Erie-Huron-Ottawa Educational Service Center, Sandusky, Ohio
Floydada High School, Floydada, Texas
Floydada I.S.D., Floydada, Texas
Floydada Junior High School, Floydada, Texas
Fort LeBoeuf School District, Waterford, Pennsylvania
Friona I.S.D., Friona, Texas
Genesee Valley BOCES In-Service, LeRoy, New York
Greene County Career Center, Xenia, Ohio
Horry County Schools, Conway, South Carolina
Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, Florida
Jobs for Graduates, Inc., Dayton, Ohio
Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney, Ohio
Logan Elm Local Schools, Circleville, Ohio
Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee
Mercer County Schools, Celina, Ohio
Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio
Monroe County Community College, Michigan
Mound Elementary School, Miamisburg, Ohio
Nelson County High School, Kentucky
New Horizons APRC, Clinton, Oklahoma
New Prairie United School Corporation, New Carlisle, Indiana
North Central PA Reg. In-Service, St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania
North College Hill City Schools, Ohio
Northwest Local School District, Ohio
Ohio Institute of Photography & Technology, Dayton, Ohio
Pace University Facilitator Center, New York, New York
Perry-Hocking Educational Service Center, New Lexington, Ohio
Porter County Education Interlocal, Indiana
Ridgewood Public Schools, New Jersey
Roundup Jr./Sr. High School, Roundup, Montana
Sachem Central School District, New York
Shelbyville Central Schools, Shelbyville, Indiana
St. Albert the Great School, Kettering, Ohio
SouthBrook Christian Church, Miamisburg, Ohio
Spinning Hills Middle School, Dayton, Ohio
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
Van Wert City Schools, Van Wert, Ohio
Warren County Career Center, Lebanon, Ohio
Warren Local School District, Vincent, Ohio
White Knoll High School, South Carolina
Windsor High School, Imperial, Missouri
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Yankton School District, Yankton, South Dakota
Zanesville High School, Zanesville, Ohio

Educational Meeting/Conference Clients

American Camping Association Ohio Conference
Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities National Conferences
Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Summer Leadership Workshop
Association of College Unions International Regional Conference
Association of Student Advancement Programs District 5 Regional Conference
Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference
Business Professionals of America Regional Conference
Center for Child & Family Development, Norman, Oklahoma
Connecticut Music Educators Association Conference
Dartmouth Behavioral Health System Staff Development, Dayton, Ohio
Erie 1 BOCES, West Seneca, New York
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Cluster Meetings
Farmington Families in Action, Farmington, Michigan
Florida Junior/Community Colleges Student Government Association Conference
Georgia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Fall Leadership Meeting
Golden Key International Honor Society Regional Conference
Head Start Hamilton County Inservice Conference Day, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Southwest Ohio Seminar
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress
Indiana Music Educators Association
Indiana Principal Leadership Academy Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
International Leadership Association Annual Conference
Jobs for Graduates, Inc. Regional Leadership Conference
Jobs for Ohio Graduates Professional Development Retreats
Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. National Conference
Louisiana Department of Education Summer Institute
Lutheran Schools Association Annual Conference
The Midwest Clinic: An International Band & Orchestra Conference
Miami Valley Recreation Activities Council Summer Conference
Music for All Chapters Summit
National Association for Campus Activities East Coast Regional
National Association for Campus Activities Great Lakes Regional
National Association for Campus Activities Illiana Regional
National Association for Community Leadership
National Association of School Music Dealers Convention
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of Student Councils National Conference
National Catholic Educational Association Convention
National Council for Self-Esteem Annual Convention
National Orientation Directors Association National Conference
National Speakers Association Youth Program
Nebraska Conference of Youth
New Horizons APRC, Clinton, Oklahoma
New York Association of Training & Employment Spring Conference
New York State Conference for Administrators of Nonpublic Schools
New York State Department of Labor Spring Conference
New York State Education Department and the New York Association
of Training & Employment School-to-Work Conference
Nordson Corporation Partnership in Education Program, Amherst, Ohio
Ohio Association of Student Councils Annual State Conference
Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges State Conference
Ohio College Music Education Leadership Conference
Ohio Department of Education DECA Fall Leadership Conference
Ohio Educational Service Center Association Conference
Ohio Farm Bureau State Conference
Ohio High Schools That Work Conference
Ohio Music Educators Association Conference
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
Ohio School-to-Work Leadership Institute
Ohio Speakers Forum Leadership Retreat
Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Convention
Oklahoma Youth Participation Conference
Region V Educational Service Center, Beaumont, Texas
Retail Print Music Dealers Association Convention
South Carolina Bandmasters Association Convention
South Carolina Music Educators Association Convention
Southeast Texas League of Middle Schools 5th Annual Teachers Conference
Texas Bandmasters Association Convention
Texas Music Education Association Conference
Western New York Conference on Catholic Education
Work, Achievement, Values & Education Professionals Institute

…plus thousands of educational professionals across the country since 1986 who have KICKed IT IN!