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 ofExcellence 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, Secretary

507 New Highway 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064

Teaching and Learning Spotlight Blog

10 8th grade boys standing around table watching a professor demonstrate the proper technique to intubate using a dummy.
Dr. Mary Decker, Associate Director of Schools for Teaching and Learning

Freedom Middle and Poplar Grove Middle eighth-graders took a short field trip to Columbia State Community College (Franklin location) to preview the postsecondary opportunities and programs available and to hear about the grant and scholarship opportunities available.

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

As part of ongoing efforts to maximize the crucial and compelling message brought by our 2022 opening day keynote speaker, Ken Williams, the Teaching and Learning (T&L) team developed and co-facilitated an after-school professional learning series. Inspired in part by the content in Williams’ recently published book as well as his presentation and collectively titled “Ruthless Equity: A District’s Pursuit,” these opportunities offer the chance to delve more deeply into the discussion around, and continue to make progress in, ensuring that all students and employees in the FSSD feel a sense of belonging and have become a key piece of our dedicated work around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Read More About This Article about FSSD Hosts Ongoing Professional Learning Series on Equity




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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.