I have known Daniel Franklin for most of his life. We share a passion for teaching and learning; for years it has been a subject of deep conversation between us. One of the things I admire is the way Daniel places the health of the relationship between his students and teachers ahead of all other considerations. Also, his understanding that learning differences naturally occur from child to child and must be recognized and honored. In this age, when students are viewed as products and their humanity gets lost in the process, Daniel’s approach is a remarkable breath of fresh air. I marvel at both the compassion and knowledge that Daniel and his dedicated staff possess. As a poet it is my joy to be astonished by all that is around me. Daniel recognizes, and his work expresses, a similar astonishment at the potential of every student and family with whom he works.
-Mary Oliver, May 1, 2008
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and The National Book Award for Poetry