Laurie Frank is a former school teacher who has worked in the adventure and experiential
education arenas for over 40 years. She 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, an experiential approach to creating a sense of community in
schools. She has also collaborated on four other books and numerous experiential curricula.
Laurie’s passion is to facilitate human interaction and to create environments where everyone
is empowered. Although mostly retired, she continues her work with experiential education
through workshops and curriculum development. In addition to the CohoUS Board, she serves
on the board of the United World College in Costa Rica.
Laurie is a founding member of Linden Cohousing in Madison, WI. It has been in existence for
almost two years, and she is looking forward to the tipping point where the community exists
longer than the five years it took to create.