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October 15, 2017

Dear Franklin School Parents,

The Wednesday minimum days embedded in the Franklin calendar provide valuable collaboration time for our teachers. Collaboration time is used to analyze student data, create intervention/enrichment groups, discuss best teaching practices, and provide ongoing staff development on topics related to curriculum. Please find attached to this letter the minutes from the September 27 minimum day which highlights the work completed by the teaching staff. (Link to minutes.)

Franklin School boasts some of the highest test scores in the County.  I attribute this to the high expectations Franklin School has in place for all students. I also attribute high student test scores to the collaborative work that teachers engage in during Wednesday minimum days.  The marriage of high expectations, collaborative teamwork, and a positive school climate (I include our high parent participation as part of school climate) make Franklin School a positive and productive place to work and learn.

Over the last two years the entire teaching staff has attended the Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute. The focus of the Institute was Professional Learning Communities and a Focus for Learning.  We are excited about this work and the possibility it could mean for intervention/extension for all students. The three big ideas of the Professional Learning Community Model are:

  • Focus on learning rather than teaching.
  • Work collaboratively on matters related to learning
  • Hold themselves accountable for the kind of results that fuel continual improvement.


In looking ahead to the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to ask for your assistance in completing a short survey.  The survey asks for your input into adding additional Wednesday minimum days to the 2018-2019 school calendar.  The additional minimum days would be used for teacher and staff collaboration. Richard DuFour defined collaboration as, “A systematic process in which we work together interdependently to analyze and impact professional practice to improve our individual and collective results.”  This definition is the targeted goal for additional collaborative time for Franklin School.

Please note that adding additional minimum days would not affect the instructional minutes offered to your child.  The after school program will continue to offer after school care on minimum days if parents are unable to pick up students at the early release time.

To complete this very short survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WFXYK2N.

Thank you for your support. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have additional questions.


Lisa Shelton



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