The Franklin School of Innovation is proud to be an EL Education school, joining a network of 150 schools across the country that are working to change the educational experience for today’s students. At its core, the goal of EL Education is to expand the framework and understanding of student achievement beyond standardized test scores, focusing on academics, character, and high quality student work.
Why did Franklin decide to join the EL network? This answer goes back to the very beginning of our school. The founding coalition of parents, educators, and community members embraced a “backward design” process – focusing not on what the new school would be, but rather what traits and skills graduates would need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Through research and deep conversations, the group identified specific qualities students would need. These became what students practice as the school’s “Habits of Scholarship”:
1. Inquiry and investigation: Students will explore the world both within and beyond their immediate environment.
2. Ethics: Students will examine issues from multiple perspectives and identify the full impact of actions.
3. Collaboration: Students will work effectively within a group, navigating different ideological, cultural, linguistic, social, and geographic barriers.
4. Leadership: Students will recognize the leadership capabilities of themselves and others, and use them effectively.
5. Persistence: Students will see actions through to the end, recognize failure as part of the process, and identify multiple paths toward objectives.
6. Action: Students will see themselves as active players in the world.
The question then became – how would students develop these characteristics? The EL Education model, with its roots in Outward Bound and The Harvard School of Education, was a perfect fit. Partnering with EL provides Franklin with a cohesive educational model, access to high quality professional development for our teachers and leaders, a framework for continual reflection and improvement, and a network of schools to learn from and with.
Want to learn more about EL Education at The Franklin School of Innovation? Read our e-book, “A Parents’ Guide to EL Education“.