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Transforming Education: Authentic Student and Family-Centered Learning

Alex Morris-Wood

As the Head of School Elect, it is my pleasure to share with you the transformative journey we have embarked upon at Franklin Academy, a school dedicated to celebrating students who are neurodiverse. In an era where education must adapt to the evolving needs of learners and their families, we embrace the opportunity to continue to reimagine education and create an environment that better prepares our students for college and career. I invite you to explore how Franklin is revolutionizing education through our commitment to inclusivity, personalized learning, and fostering a growth mindset through a student and family-centered model.

At Franklin, inclusivity is not a mere buzzword; it is the foundation on which we build our community. We celebrate the uniqueness of each student. Their learning differences are not limitations, but strengths waiting to be harnessed. We recognize our students’ accomplishments and help them forge connections between where they are now and their future goals. Whether performing in our annual spring musical Anything Goes, improving their standardized test scores, or doing an internship at the local horse farm Ray of Light, our students thrive because of the environment we provide. Our dedicated educators work to support and challenge students both in and out of the classroom, ensuring they thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. In other words, at Franklin Academy, neurodiversity is cool.

So how do we do this? My team firmly believes that education should be tailored to meet the individual needs of every student and family. We partner with families to help us reimagine expectations and achieve long-term goals. The journey of each student and their family is unique. We adjust our approach to meet you where you are, and then work together, to prepare you for what is next. This approach not only fosters academic achievement but also nurtures a sense of confidence, self-awareness, and motivation for our students.

A major initiative for the upcoming year is to continue to revamp the college and career transition process, especially given the changing landscape in higher education. Our immersive learning opportunities, residence life model, and differentiated educational approach help students make the abstract nature of college and career more concrete. We also partner with families to make sure they are prepared, as their role changes. We at Franklin Academy have our eyes on the long-term goal and we adapt our program to address current trends and research.

As the next Head of School, I am proud of the transformative journey Franklin Academy has begun and the positive impact it has on our students’ lives. Together, let us continue to champion inclusivity and reimagine education, paving the way for a brighter future for all learners.

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