First Annual Franklin School of Innovation Oral History Fair!

Just a few photos to offer a glimpse of the amazing First Annual FSI Oral History Fair…

Thanks to Tony Freeman and Carolyn Warhaftig for facilitating this community event, while fostering self-reliance and all the Habits of Scholarship for our entire class of 6th graders.  This project exemplifies FSI’s mission to create authentic opportunities for Franklin Scholars to:

  • Be Curious and Inquisitive
  • Work Ethically
  • Work Collaboratively
  • Exhibit Leadership
  • Be Persistent
  • Take Action


Franklin School of Innovation 6th Grade Presents Oral History Fair

Friday, May 8 , 9:00 am – 10:30 am at 21 Innovation Dr, off Sardis Rd.

Media Press Release: We invite you to come and experience our students’ Oral History Presentations. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Michelle Vruwink at 828-318-8140.

An NFL player, environmentalist, artist, and immigrant – what do they have in common? They are among the 100+ Oral History subjects of 6th grade students at the Franklin School of Innovation.

Over the past month, the 6th grade students have been practicing the ageless tradition of Oral History. Through interviews with their chosen subjects, students have learned about facing hardships, creating opportunities, and experiencing all that life offers. On Friday, they will share their completed projects with the school community and, most importantly, with their History subjects.

The project is a great example of the school’s Expeditionary Learning model of education which emphasizes learning that is active, challenging, meaningful, public, and collaborative.  “Having an authentic audience – one that is connected to the student work – is a particularly effective means of motivating students and inspiring them to produce high quality work,” said school director Michelle Vruwink. “We seek opportunities for students to connect to the community and to expand learning beyond the classroom walls.”

Read more about Authentic Audience in Expeditionary Learning at FSI

Exemplar, by Lindsey White: Growing Up With Hardships


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