CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

The Curriculum and Professional Learning Department works collaboratively with principals, teachers, and school/community stakeholders to create, implement, evaluate, and revise instructional programs.  If you have questions regarding the curriculum provided by the Franklin Special School District to support the Tennessee Department of Education’s Academic Standards, please contact:

Curriculum and Professional Learning
Mary Decker, Supervisor
Deb Naber, Secretary
1406 Cannon St.
Franklin, TN  37064
615-591-2802

The FSSD follows the Tennessee Academic Standards for all courses in all schools. Tennessee’s curriculum standards were revised in 2008 and are considered among the most rigorous in the nation. At a minimum, the standards must be reviewed every six years in accordance with State Board policy 3.209. The four content areas (math, English language arts, social studies, and science) have recently moved through the revision process.  For more information regarding standards revision please visit Tennessee Department of Education Standards Review online.

 

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Curriculum and Professional Learning
Mary Decker, Supervisor
Deb Naber, Secretary
1406 Cannon St.
Franklin, TN  37064
615-591-2802

The FSSD uses a Standards Based Grading System for grades K-4 and a letter-based system for grades 5-8.

  • Standards Based Report Card Parent Guide (Grades K-2)
  • Standards Based Report CardParent Guide (Grades 3-4)

Textbook Adoption Information

The State Textbook Commission is responsible for recommending an official list of textbooks to the Tennessee State Board of Education (SBOE) for approval. Once the SBOE has approved a list of textbooks, it is the responsibility of local boards of education to decide which textbooks to use in their districts.

Math Textbook Adoption (2015) Following a math textbook review process that began in November 2014 the math textbook adoption committee made its recommendation for adoption to the FSSD Board of Education on April 13, 2015. The board approved Curriculum Associates’ Tennessee Ready Mathematics TNCore for grades K-8 and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Algebra 1 and Geometry. Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden recorded the list of all textbooks adopted by the FSSD Board of Education, forwarded a copy of the recorded adoption to the Commissioner of Education and the list is posted below along with the other FSSD Adopted textbooks.
 
Textbooks are one of many resources used for instruction in our schools, but the FSSD takes this decision seriously. Input from teachers, administrators, and the community is considered in order to reach a consensus regarding any textbook series that will be offered to the FSSD School Board for final approval.
 

For More Information, visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s website for Textbook Adoption Cycle and Textbook Services.

A Word on Textbooks and Other Resources

As parents, we are accustomed to seeing our children work from textbooks as they progress through the curriculum. However, as teachers prepare students for success today and for college or a career in the future, students must be taught how to engage in rigorous instruction that develops an ability to think and problem solve. This type of learning does not always come from within the pages of a textbook. The ability to apply, analyze, synthesize, evaluate and predict cause and effect situations will be more valuable in the future than the ability to retell, label, define or describe.While using detailed standards and goals set by the Tennessee State Curriculum Standards as the guide to course content and instruction, teachers must differentiate for students based on readiness, interest and learning styles. In order to accomplish this, FSSD teachers are encouraged to draw from an extensive bank of resources, only one of which may be a textbook. Textbooks are one of many tools in a larger toolbox of resources available to support instruction. If you liken teachers to carpenters, you understand that when building a magnificent piece of furniture, a carpenter cannot rely on only a hammer. Rather he must use a plane, chisel, saw, sander, or any number of tools to create a masterpiece.
 
A great classroom instructional program, just like a great piece of furniture, needs many tools in its delivery. An effective teacher uses web-based resources, specialized informational texts, and various pieces of literature, lab experiences, and field trips to create that perfect instructional masterpiece.
 
FSSD students use many hands-on experiences to develop key mathematical and science concepts. These experiences yield understanding that is transferable to other situations and is better remembered for future use. This type of teaching requires a student to interpret and internalize learning and not merely respond from rote memorization or with answers retrieved from surface knowledge. While information can sometimes be remembered if presented through textbooks and lectures, true understanding and the ability to use knowledge in new situations requires instruction where children study concepts in depth, make decisions resulting from real-life situations, and analyze and solve problems.

Students in our district are provided with all of the resources they need to support this type of instructional environment.  Parents are urged to contact teachers to learn more about the specific resources used in their child’s classroom and how they can help reinforce material learned in class at home.

 
Curriculum and Professional Learning
Mary Decker, Supervisor
Deb Naber, Secretary
1406 Cannon St.
Franklin, TN  37064
615-591-2802

The FSSD Accelerated Learning program is part of the Special Populations Department.

The Franklin Special School District recognizes the unique needs of both accelerated learners and students who meet the Tennessee state eligibility standards for intellectually gifted. Delivery of instruction is based on individual student need. FSSD has an Accelerated Learning Specialist (ALS) in each school. These specialists work with students and/or consult with teachers to differentiate instruction for advanced learners.

Evaluation for the Intellectually Gifted:

According to the State of Tennessee, “Intellectually Gifted” describes a child whose intellectual abilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding that the child’s educational performance is adversely affected. “Adverse affect” means the general curriculum alone is inadequate to appropriately meet the student’s educational needs.
 
If a parent or teacher makes a formal request for gifted eligibility testing, the general education teacher, Accelerated Learning Specialist, building administrator, and others, as appropriate, will schedule a review meeting. It is recommended that the student begin the Academic Support Team (AST) process to gather and review data. All testing decisions are based on data.
 
 
Honors Program and Accelerated Learners:
FSSD offers a general education honors curriculum beginning in 5th grade. Meeting the state eligibility standards for intellectually gifted does not automatically qualify a student for the Honors Program. In addition, students who are served by the Accelerated Learning Specialist in elementary school are also not automatically placed into the Honors Program in 5th grade. The FSSD Honors Program has specific eligibility criteria for placement.
 
 
Special Populations Department
Beth Farrar, Supervisor
Joy Crunk, Secretary
507 New Hwy 96 West
Franklin, TN  37064
615-794-6624

 

The FSSD strives to maximize the potential of students who demonstrate outstanding intellectual achievement, performance, and ability by emphasizing in-depth analytical thinking and creative problem-solving. Students are empowered to acquire the academic skills necessary for success in advanced placement courses.

  • HONORS PROGRAM GUIDELINES
    • 2016-2017 Honors Program Qualifying Scores
    • Reconsideration Request Form:  This form is to be completed by a parent who makes a request for his/her child to be placed in the Honors Program, World Language, and/or 8th grade Algebra I when the child has not met qualifying criteria.

 

Student Performance
Kay Boan, Ed.D., Supervisor
Faith Maxwell, Secretary
507 New Hwy 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064
615-794-6624

Response to Intervention logoThe Franklin Special School District uses the Tennessee Department of Education’s Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) Model to provide academic and behavior support in the general education classroom with the goal of early intervention and prevention before a gap in achievement becomes too great.  RTI2 is a school-wide, multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement.  It is a tiered approach to service delivery that provides a systematic and data-based framework through implementation of research-based instructional practices correlated to the individual learner’s needs.

We believe that a consistent, informed intervention program for all students will result in more achievement opportunities.  FSSD fully implements a unified RTI2 approach in all grade levels.  RTI2  interventions are provided in all schools in both mathematics and reading.

 

Literacy and RtI

Gina Looney, District Reading Coordinator
Deb Naber, Secretary
1406 Cannon St.
Franklin, TN  37064
615-472-3114