Letter: Franklin teachers, students deserve better
Over the past two years we have been fortunate to be a part of the grant-funded programming in the Franklin schools which was designed to improve student learning and outcomes.
We worked closely with a group of teachers at Franklin Middle School as they opened themselves to new ways of teaching as well as the use of complex methods of evaluating student data to improve individual student performance. These teachers scrutinized their own methodologies and replaced familiar processes with new ways to reach all students. They have been supported by educational coaches and consultants. But at the very deepest level of their professional being, all teachers have had to change long-established beliefs and practices in order to reinvent themselves and their school as a place where students can thrive as members of a community which values learning and academic achievement.
Positive momentum has been established, teachers are making a difference in the academic lives of their students. Teachers are proud of the work they are doing, but these changes need nurturing by leadership that can focus all of its energy on education. We know nothing about the current distractions in Franklin except for what we read in the papers. What we are certain of is that the teachers and their students deserve better.
JEAN HALEY and ANNE RILEY
Belmont and Bow