Teacher In-Service

Presentations and Workshops with Fran Kick

Carrots and sticks. Bribes and threats. Are you tired of what passes for motivation these days? Fran Kick's unique perspective on what it takes to inspire students and teachers to motivate themselves will kick your next in-service session up a notch.

Teacher Kicking It In

Administration, Faculty & staff have KICKed IT IN with Fran Kick for back-to-school convocations, first-year teacher orientations, staff team-building programs, retreats, single-school, multi-school and district-wide as well as campus-wide presentations.

Topics for presentation themes include:

  • Paying attention and responding appropriately
  • The more you put into it, the more you get out of it
  • What you put into it, is what you get out of it
  • If you’re whining, griping and complaining, having a terrible time—maybe that’s why!
  • Positive attitude vs. negative attitude—you ultimately make the difference
  • Getting involved and cooperatively contributing
  • The discipline of focus and the power of attention
  • Positively reinforcing yourself and others to make positive choices
  • Leading by example—because you can’t lead others until you lead yourself


Jack Parker, Principal
Center Grove Middle School Central, Indiana
I have heard many people reflect on your presentation and how they are able to infuse many of your ideas into their own instruction. I am most impressed with how you guided our own thinking by including past experiences and relationships that we have all had. Your ability to take us on a mind journey as we made connections to our own teaching and leadership helped us all to increase our personal capacity in the area of motivation and leadership.Jack Parker

J.R. Snow, PK-12 Fine Arts Coordinator
Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Virginia
What a joy having you with us. I have received great feedback from each of the groups you worked with [teachers, college students and high school students] and I think it was exactly what each group independently needed. I said this to you personally, but I wanted to reiterate, that your ability to diversify and personalize each presentation is so far above and beyond others who do your work. Thank you for destroying the cookie cutter, one size fits all leadership, and listening and responding appropriately to the needs of the learners in front of you!!J.R. Snow

Tech Prep and HSTW/MMGW Summer Institute
Northwest Ohio Tech Prep Consortium
Illustrations and examples were poignant! Thought-provoking ideas given to try to improve ways of doing things in the classroom. Gave me a new perspective—how to take what I currently do to change it—so kids benefit more. Going to use many activities in the first two weeks of class to build community. Read additional comments and complete evaluation results.High Schools That Work

Karl Stewart
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Your keynote address not only inspired all of us to be better administrators/teachers, but it also challenged us to commence the journey of self-reflection and examine our own behaviors through a different set of lenses. The enthusiasm and insight you possess is truly a gift. I wish you all the best as you continue to 'Kick It In' and change the philosophy of education.Karl Stewart

Julie Lauck, Principal
New Prairie High School, Indiana
Kick it in! was just what the doctor ordered. You were able to touch an entire corporation of teachers with your simple, yet integral, message of taking a new and different look at what was going on in the classrooms. Your message ignited the entire group into a fire of excitement and energy—in January at the end of a long semester with final exams needing to be graded and recorded! The energy in the auditorium was incredible. The teachers and administrators were so inspired that the conversations for the days following were all centered on the interactive presentation. What an opportunity for professional rejuvenation! I highly recommend Kick it in! to any school corporation or individual school that is in need of a reminder that our task as educators is the total emersion of ourselves into the chosen profession of teaching and learning.Julie Lauck

Timothy Quinn, Assistant Superintendent
Derry Township School District, Pennsylvania
Your message was powerful, your delivery was awesome and your ability to bring everyone down front both literally and figuratively was awesome. During my twenty years in education, I don't ever recall a speaker captivating an audience like you did. It has often been said that the best way to judge a speaker is not during the presentation, but by what actions are taken after. I can tell you that even through this measurement, the day was a huge success.Timothy Quinn

Penny Bradley, Assistant Principal
Nelson County High School, Kentucky
The 90-minute session that you delivered to our faculty was truly one of the most inspirational messages that I have ever heard. You started out our school year in a great way. Even the most difficult people on our faculty, seemed to be ready to go to work. Your message is very appropriate for everyone involved in the school setting from custodians to instructional assistants to superintendents. I would highly recommend you to any school looking for a shot in the arm for morale.Penny Bradley

Neal Wedum
Choteau Public Schools, Montana
Thank you for working with the K-12 staff. We do very little together other than start-of-the-year housekeeping chores. You gave us all an opportunity to laugh uproariously at each other, at ourselves, and at whom we pretend to be. It is truly amazing how laughter can become a common denominator. A lot of barriers were broken down between the elementary teachers and those from the high school. Many of the teachers commented that this was the best spent time at an in-service, ever.Neal Wedum

Arnold Adair, Superintendent
Deer Park Schools, Texas
Thank you so much for your presentation at our 2009 convocation. The words you shared were aligned to my message and certainly enriched the entire program. Let me also say that it was a pleasure working with you. As I shared with you, I have had some impressive speakers for our convocations but they were not always the easiest or most pleasant individuals with which to coordinate and/or collaborate. I have already shared with a neighboring district friend about your presentation and message and feel certain she may be contacting you in the future. Again, thank you for enriching our convocation and the beginning of a new school year.Arnold Adair

Tina Hart, Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Indian River Community College, Florida
I don't believe my words could ever adequately express how successful our first Welcome Back Kickoff event was on Wednesday, September 6, 2000—BECAUSE OF YOU! This was the first event for me in my new position, and I wanted desperately to 'Hit a Home Run.' I knew I would never again get a second chance to make a first impression in my new role. Thanks to you Fran, the event was outstanding, and even more successful than I had envisioned! I was so pleased with the turnout, and the mixture of employees represented from all categories. I am still receiving positive comments and feedback, and everyone wants to know when you will be back. Your brilliant blend of humor with inspiration is amazing. We all laughed so hard yet absorbed such important reminders about what really matters in life! You have such a gift Fran and all of us at IRCC are grateful that we had the opportunity to experience that gift. You can count on being invited back.Tina Hart

Dan Stacy, Ohio School Improvement Institute
Ohio Department of Education
Thanks for a great presentation and the great work you do! Here's what attendees shared: Fran Kick was one of the best speakers that I have heard in a long time. Very motivational and made sense! What a great way to get it started because it was very up lifting and infused with energy. He is a very dynamic speaker and connects with the audience extremely well! Engaging and relevant.Dan Stacy

Chris Lawlor, Events Manager
We thoroughly enjoyed having you as a part of our event at the weekend and we couldn't have asked more from your performance. We have been raving about it ever since we've come back to HQ here! I will be back in touch for future events.WorldStrides

Michael Kumer, Associate Dean
Duquesne University School of Leadership & Professional Advancement
Fran Kick is one of the finest individuals that I been honored to know, defined by his intellectual curiosity, commitment to excellence, overall accomplishment and leadership. Fran possesses so many commendable virtues: he redefines the term Positive Thinker, and is consistently cheerful, personable and optimistic. During his presentations he enthusiastically talks about the importance of pedagogical excellence, and does so in a manner that inspires his audiences. To his everlasting credit, he maintains exceedingly high standards of personal and professional integrity, attributes which permeate his speaking engagements. He literally 'walks the talk' in thought, word and deed.Michael Kumer


Details & Setup


Group Size: As few as 40 to audiences as large as 10,800+ Fran Kick interactively inspires students 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 students on one side, with any additional students sitting on the floor (2nd choice) or in chairs (1st choice) 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:

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Letters of Reference

Letters of Reference

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Client List


Adams Elementary School, Hamilton, Ohio
Allen Academy, Dayton, Ohio
Alter High School, Kettering, Ohio
Azle I.S.D., Azle, Texas
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Bath Middle School, Lima, Ohio
Bellbrook High School, Bellbrook, Ohio
Bellbrook Junior High School, Bellbrook, Ohio
Belmont High School, Dayton, Ohio
Berlin High School, Berlin, Connecticut
Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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
Center Grove Middle School Central, Greenwood, Indiana
Centerville City Schools, 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
Deer Park Schools, Deer Park, Texas
Delaware Community School Corporation, Muncie, Indiana
Derry Township School District, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Diocese of Buffalo Department of Catholic Education, New York
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
Harris Road Middle School, Concord, North Carolina
Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Virginia
Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida
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
Marshall Public Schools, Marshall, Missouri
Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee
Mercer County Schools, Celina, Ohio
Miamisburg City Schools, Miamisburg, Ohio
Mid-East Ohio Career & Technology Center, Zanesville, 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 Allegheny School District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
Porter County Education Interlocal, Indiana
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
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
Windsor High School, Imperial, Missouri
Worthington Parks & Recreation, Ohio
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Wrightstown Community School District, Wisconsin
Yankton School District, Yankton, South Dakota
Zanesville High School, Zanesville, Ohio

Educational Meeting/Conference Clients

American Camping Association Ohio Conference
Association for Middle Level Education National 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
Florida Music Education Association Annual Clinic-Conference
Georgia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Fall Leadership Meeting
Golden Key International Honor Society Regional Conference
Head Start Hamilton County In-Service Conference Day, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Southwest Ohio Seminar
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress, Washington, DC
Indiana Association of School Principals
Indiana Jr./Sr. Academic Coaches Conference
Indiana Music Educators Association
Indiana National Honor Society Advisers Conference
Indiana Principal Leadership Academy Conference
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!