Teaching & Learning

The mission of Teaching and Learning is to provide leadership that creates an environment conducive to high quality educational experiences for all learners.

In the Franklin Special School District, the division of Teaching and Learning maintains a deliberate focus on research-based practices and a strong commitment to individualized and personalized instructional experiences which challenge each student, including special populations with special needs in inclusive or general-education classrooms. This commitment extends to the district’s parents, faculty, staff, and school/district administrators through high-quality, on-going, professional learning experiences and resources that support the district’s vision of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All and make Franklin Special School District distinctly different from other school districts.

Teaching and Learning Organizational Chart

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Mary Decker, Ed.D., Associate Director of Schools for Teaching and Learning

Faith Maxwell, Administrative Assistant

507 New Highway 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064

Meet the Team


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Teaching and Learning Spotlight Blog

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Dr. Mary Decker, Associate Director of Schools for Teaching and Learning

United4Hope (U4H) serves as a channel to connect middle Tennessee churches to the FSSD to serve the district’s needs while following a guided framework that both respects the separation of church and state and trains faith-based volunteers on best practices for school partnership.

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The FSSD is committed to providing safe and innovative spaces for students to thrive as they utilize technology while ensuring excellence in teaching and learning for all.