Laurie Frank is a former public school teacher who has worked in the adventure and experiential education arenas for over 30 years. She began her career as a special education teacher in emotional disabilities, working with students of all ages. Her path diverged upon the discovery of adventure education and experiential methodologies. The need to develop a sense of community within the school setting was apparent, and the adventure philosophy seemed the perfect vehicle to achieve that goal.
Laurie is the owner/director of GOAL Consulting, working with people of all ages to create environments where everyone is invited into the process of working and learning together. Her major focuses are community building, collaborative leadership, experiential education, and Appreciative Inquiry. Workshops with Laurie invite engagement by constructing knowledge through experience and exploration.
Ms. Frank was a leader in designing the nationally recognized Stress/Challenge adventure program for Madison (Wisconsin) Metropolitan School District, and wrote their curriculum, “Adventure in the Classroom,” in 1988. Ms. Frank wrote Journey Toward the Caring Classroom (2004, 2nd edition 2013), an experiential approach to creating a sense of community in schools. She also collaborated on four other books: Games (& Other Stuff) for Teachers (1999), Adventure Education for the Classroom Community (2000, Revised 2007), The Mohican People, Their Lives and Their Lands (2008), and Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership (2008).
Laurie’s passion is to facilitate human interaction, and to create environments where everyone is empowered. A few of her projects include: YEP (Youth Empowerment Process), Level One Training and Curriculum for School-age and Youth Development, and Collaborative Leadership. She currently serves on the boards of the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, Students Abroad for Global Education (SAGE), the United World College-Costa Rica and UWC Council.