- 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: Joanna Salce
- Johnson Elementary: Lindsey Pellegrin
- Liberty Elementary: Hope Chiasson
- Moore Elementary: Kim Smith
- Freedom Intermediate: Marie White
- Freedom Middle: Catherine Curtis
- 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 Major Grants Awarded to the FSSD
- Tennessee LEAP (Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs) – $397,197 (2017 – 2020) This grant provided before and after school activities for children receiving free or reduced lunch.
- Dollar General – $8,000 Summer Literacy Program (2017), $3,000 Summer Reading Program through Gentry’s Educational Foundation (FIS 2017), $4,000 English Learner Reading Strategies (PGES 2016-17)
- Jamba Juice – $1,000 Climbing Equipment (2016-17 LES)
- Everlast Climbing – $8,000 Climbing Equipment (LES 2016-17)
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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
Teacher Calendar and Contracted Days
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
Contracted Days for Teachers
200 Teacher Contract Days
- Student Days: 177 days
- FSSD Scheduled Professional Learning: 5 days (See below)
- Menu-Driven/Personal Choice Days: 3 days (See below)
- Administrative Days: 4 days (See below)
- School Renewal: 1 day (See below)
- Paid Holidays: 10 days
FSSD Scheduled Professional Learning Days (5)
All teachers will engage in learning that is critical to the district or the school; therefore, attendance is expected.
August 1: District Professional Learning
August 2: School Professional Learning
August 7: School Professional Learning
November 6: District Professional Learning
January 3: District Professional Learning
Teacher Scheduled Professional Learning Days (3 days or 18 hours)
A teacher is responsible for a minimum of 18 hours of professional learning, at least 9 of which should be menu credit. A teacher may choose to earn all required 18 hours with menu-driven courses. Additional hours beyond the required may be applied to license renewal and as additional hours on the Professionalism Rubric.
- Menu professional learning hours provide time for teachers to engage in identified topics, which support district and school goals. Menu professional learning offerings are posted and offered throughout the year, including after school, weekends, and during the summer. Menu credit is approved through the district.
- Personal professional learning choice hours provide experiences that are not necessarily based on district needs but meet needs of a particular teacher or a particular school. Personal Choice hours are approved through the principal. Teachers should seek this approval, PRIOR to attendance, by filling out a Personal Choice Professional Learning Rubric, which may be found in the school office.
Administrative Days (4 days)
Teachers complete administrative duties associated with the opening and closing of school (e.g. student records, reports, etc.).
- Flex day during summer (Teachers log time in classroom, per the direction of their principal, preparing for beginning of school)
- August 3 – Preparation for the opening of school
- August 6 – Preparation for the opening of school
- January 4 – Preparation for the second semester
School Renewal Day (1 day)
Neither teachers nor students attend on this day since time has been logged previously outside of the regular school day.
- October 15 – This day is included as a part of Fall Break in exchange for logged time outside of the regular school hours conducting Parent/Teacher conferences.
Early Dismissal Days (6 days)
Students attend in the morning. Teachers engage in school-based professional learning after student dismissal.
- August 8
- August 31
- October 12
- November 16
- February 15
- March 15
2018-2019 Teacher Contract Days (pdf version)
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.