- Skyward Educator Access: Skyward is the student management system for FSSD. Teachers use Skyward’s Educator Access Plus both to enter assignments and grades for student reports cards, and to enter attendance.
- Skyward Business Access: This link will take you to the area of Skyward where you will request time off, request substitutes (through Aesop), and review pay stubs.
- My Learning Plan: an online tool that FSSD faculty and staff use to enroll and track professional learning.
- Franklin Elementary: Niki Sidler
- Johnson Elementary: Bethany Kokoski
- Liberty Elementary: Lorie Proffitt
- Moore Elementary: Shannon Carlisle
- Freedom Intermediate: Marie White
- Freedom Middle: Leah Bishop
- Poplar Grove Elementary School: Kelly Selfe
- Poplar Grove Middle School: Laura Lavery
If you intend to pursue a grant, please click below for the steps involved:
- Intent to Apply – As you begin planning, please complete this form
- Grant Process – Steps that should be taken from beginning to end
Recent Grants Awarded to the FSSD
- Disney – $700 (2015) – Rights to conduct performances of Lion King
- Nashville Ballet – $600 (2015) – Ballet program assembly
- State Farm – $2,000 (2015) – LES
- Keep Williamson County Beautiful – $750 (2015) – Stand Out School Award
- Keep Williamson County Beautiful – $1,487 (2015) – Merit points and recycling rebate
- Southeast United Dairy Industry – $2,200 (2015) – Breakfast- Anytime, Anywhere
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield – $15,000 (2014) – Kinesthetic Movement Lab
- Target – $700 (2014) – Field trip for second grade
- Explore Learning – $2,400 (2014) – Reflex Math Program
- Kids in Need – $861 (3 in 2013) – Kids in Need for Figurative Language Study, Classroom crafts, and classroom curtains
- Pets in the Classroom – $75 (2013) – Pets in the Classroom for classroom pets and supplies
- Focus Schools Grants – $800,000 (2012-2014) – Tennessee Department of Education to reduce achievement gaps in two schools
- Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant – $1,000 (2013) – Dollar General Literacy Foundation for Reading Intervention Kit
- Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants – $2,000 (2 in 2012) – Dollar General Literacy Foundation
- 21st Century Community Learning Center – $50,000 (2012) – Tennessee Department of Education
- Tennessee Lottery-funded Pre-K Class – $265,110 (2005-2009) – Tennessee Department of Education
- Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K Classes – $463,927 (2006-2009) – Tennessee Department of Education
- Pre-K Match donated by United Way – $102,500 (2006-2008) – Tennessee Department of Education
- Coordinated School Health Grant – $170,000 (2007-2009) – Tennessee Department of Education
- Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth – $47,050 (2008-2009) Funding provides a case manager for preschool children with challenging behavior
- Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant $5,700,000 (2004-2008) US Dept. of Education, Health and Human Services, Juvenile Justice – comprehensive services for students for violence and drug and alcohol abuse prevention, mental health services, and safe school environments.
- 21st Century Community Learning Center– $400,000 (2004-2008)
- LEAP (Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs) – $260,000 (2006-2012) These grants provided before and after school activities for children receiving free or reduced lunch.
507 Highway 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064
Response to Intervention
LITERACY AND RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RtI)
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.
1406 Cannon St.
Franklin, TN 37064
The mission of the FSSD Instructional Technology Department is to integrate technology seamlessly, providing students with a rich educational experience while equipping students and staff with the technology skill set needed to function successfully in an increasingly digital society. The FSSD Instructional Technology Specialist is committed to advancing and supporting an environment which maximizes the integration and use of technology by students and staff, thereby allowing them to reach their full potential to adapt, manage, and participate in a digitally literate world. Academic achievement is enhanced when the implementation of technology tools is combined with sound instructional practices. The FSSD is committed to collaborating with teachers, administrators, and students to enrich teaching and learning through the use of technology.
The Instructional Technology Department has compiled a listing of online resources to assist students, parents and school staff with finding and using appropriate and instructionally sound web sites and digital textbook companions. Please click the button below to visit the list of resources for each category:
Instructional Technology Specialists
- Cindy Cook (Grades 7-8)
- Amber Whitley (Grades 5-6)
- Josh Bracamontes (Grades PreK-4)
- Helen Castillo, Secretary
National Board Certification
National Board Certification for Teachers
The Franklin Special School District truly believes that great schools begin with great teachers whose instructional
leadership can positively impact children. National Board Certification supports its vision of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All; therefore, the FSSD supports its teachers who pursue this rigorous process beyond year one to ensure all district NBCT candidates become fully certified. This is an investment that will have a far-reaching positive impact not only for the teachers who participate in this process but also for quality of instruction we offer the children of the Franklin Special School District.
- Total Cost for the Process: $1,975
- Teacher Cost (Including $75 application processing fee): $690
- District Cost (allocated over 3 years): $1,285
- NBPTS Candidate Center
District funding will not be dependent upon the achievement of the National Certification. However, if the teacher does not complete the process, the district will require the $1,285 to be repaid to the district. The $690 fee paid by the teacher is not refundable from the National Board.
Once a teacher achieves National Certification, the teacher will receive a $4,000 per year supplement (southeastern average) for the life of the certificate as long as 100% of his/her day is devoted to direct classroom instruction.
Additionally, any teacher who accepts district funding for payment of the National Board Certification process shall sign an agreement that states that she/he will remain a teacher with FSSD for three years or repay, on a pro-rated basis, any district expenditure for the program.
The Franklin Special School District mission statement is “Teaching and Learning for All,” which simply means it is our goal to provide high quality teaching and learning opportunities for all students, parents, teachers and administrators. Research has shown that high quality professional learning for all teachers improves the learning of all students. With professional learning, teachers can design more meaningful learning opportunities for their students, enabling students to meet high academic standards. This data driven, ongoing, research based, and high quality professional learning program is designed to raise the academic performance and achievement of all students, including one year or more academic growth.
At the beginning of every quarter the Associate Director of Schools for Teaching and Learning and the Curriculum and Professional Learning Supervisor meet with a team at each school to discuss data and request input regarding professional learning and other issues and needs. Teachers from each grade or specialty area, paraprofessionals and school administrators participate in the Lunch and Learns and are able to suggest agenda items prior to each meeting. The input and questions from the Lunch and Learn team members as well as from their colleagues is extremely enlightening and valuable. Information gleaned from these meetings is utilized to plan for the two district-wide professional learning days, professional learning offerings throughout the year, and to drive targeted professional learning sessions and/or discussions at each site. The goal of the Lunch and Learns is to have a truly open and collaborative process to tailor professional learning to the needs of FSSD teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators with optimal student learning as the result.
Three days are designated in the FSSD calendar for district professional learning. On one of these days, all teachers come together to design curriculum, create pacing guides and district assessments and to explore additional instructional strategies that been proven to result in student achievement. Two days are designated as district-wide professional learning days during which all FSSD educators have the opportunity to select and attend courses provided by other FSSD professionals as well as by presenters from outside the district. These sessions address a wide variety of professional learning topics including research-based best instructional practices, intervention and enrichment, technology, and education law.
At least 18 additional hours are earned through professional learning sessions, which occur in the summer, after school and on the weekends. These learning opportunities are designed based on identified district needs.
Two full days and six partial days are set aside for school based professional learning. Two days occur at the beginning of the school year to explore student data and plan for new school initiatives. The six partial days occur on days when students are dismissed early and teachers remain to continue to work and learn.
Menu Courses provide time for teachers to engage in identified topics, which support district and school goals. Menu professional learning opportunities are posed and offered throughout the year, including after school, on weekends, and during summer breaks. Menu credit is approved through the district.
Personal Choice Courses provide experiences that are not necessarily based on district needs but meet the needs of a particular teacher or a particular school. The building principal must approve personal choice options prior to attending the activity. Personal choice approval forms are available from each building principal.
SharePoint is a document management program that enables users to centrally store, manage and access documents across the district. Documents are stored and organized in one central location and users have a consistent mechanism to navigate and find relevant information. The documents may only be accessed using a secure log-in and password.
- Academic Support Team (AST)
- Differentiated Instruction
- ELL Team
- Employee Documents
- Gifted and Talented
- Instructional Technology and Communication
- National Board Certification
- Special Education
The Teacher Calendar breaks down the FSSD school calendar into more specific labels for professional learning and mandatory teacher contract days. Please click on the links below:
Teacher Planning Calendar
The FSSD Parent Liaisons have translated many documents for the schools as well as the districts. The following link will take you to a Sharepoint site where you can look for translated documents by location:
Franklin Special School District’s employee childcare center, WeeMAC, is open year-round for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, offering them a nurturing and caring environment in which they can grow and learn. It is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning. Tuition is comparable to other childcare facilities in the area and the program is self-sustaining.