John Hope Franklin Elementary is a proud community that believes in educating the whole child by providing an equitable, joyful, top-notch learning experience. Academic excellence is what we do!
Named for famed historian Dr. John Hope Franklin, our students feel a sense of pride, culture, and history as we work to create a school that is equitable and connected to the community. Our 3rd and 4th grade students conduct thematic lessons each year about the Tulsa Race Massacre, and our school is represented at the annual John Hope Franklin for Reconciliation Symposium.
After School Clubs
John Hope Franklin Elementary offers the L.I.F.E. (Literacy for Everyone) After School Program through the Tulsa Dream Center. This free program consists of reading and mathematics tutoring, homeworking assistance, STEM enrichment activities, field trips, and other exciting experiences for students. In addition, our teachers and community partners sponsor a wide range of clubs, including ballet, tumbling, and debate.
Focus on the Whole Child
John Hope Franklin Elementary is one of five recipients of the Wallace Foundation's Social/Emotional Learning Grant, aimed at supporting the development of children's cognitive, interpersonal, and character-building skills through an improved curriculum. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions. Each morning our classroom teachers kick off the school day with a morning meeting to support positive student social and emotional growth. In addition, we have an embedded therapy team, social worker, and care coordinator on-site to provide students with the support they need to thrive.
With strong social and emotional skills, our students will be able to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
A Community of Support
Students at John Hope Franklin Elementary have a multitude of partners in education who support our school. The Ed Darby Foundation and All Souls Unitarian Church host a family dinner each month feeding more than 200 people in our community. In addition, we have numerous organizations who provide transportation for field trips, one-on-one tutoring and clothing for students in need. As a neighborhood school, we are anchored by the support of a community that deeply cares for our scholars.
Dr. John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) was an historian, educator, and activist. He is best known
for writing From Slavery to Freedom. In 1995, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.
Franklin was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. He graduated as valedictorian from Booker T. Washington High School, and then went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and his doctorate from Harvard.
After graduating from Harvard, Franklin began his teaching career. He taught at Fisk University, St. Augustine’s College, North Carolina Central University (formerly the North Carolina College for Negroes), Howard University, Brooklyn College, the University of Chicago, and Duke University.
In early 2001, Duke University opened the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies. Inspired by Franklin’s example, the John Hope Franklin Center strives to provide a safe, collaborative space to investigate moral and ethical issues. Until his death in 2009, Franklin held an office at the Franklin Center and regularly engaged in scholarly exchanges.
Franklin enjoyed the outdoors and traveled frequently to fly-fish. Another of his passions was horticulture. In his greenhouse in Durham, he nurtured an expansive orchid collection, which featured more than 300 orchids, including Phalaenopsis hybrids named after both John Hope Franklin and his beloved, Aurelia Franklin.
Retrieved from: https://jhfc.duke.edu/about/jhf/biography/
We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
- John Hope Franklin
Mrs. Blakney is the 2019-2020 opening principal of John Hope Franklin Elementary following her service to students and families at Alexander Graham Bell as principal for 5 years. She also served at Gilcrease Elementary (as teacher, principal intern and assistant principal), Key Elementary (principal intern), Anderson Elementary (4th grade teacher), Sam Houston Elementary (5th grade teacher), Gilcrease Middle School (6th grade teacher) and Barnard Elementary (2nd grade teacher).
She earned her undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama and her graduate degree from the University of Texas in Arlington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her graduate study and years of experience in Tulsa Public Schools inform her leadership and teaching & learning approach, she believes that literacy, enrichment and social justice are the keys to academic success for scholars.
Mrs. Blakney believes a collaborative school environment, culturally responsive practices and a culture of feedback and support are the keys to creating successful students and teachers. She believes partnerships with parents and community partners are essential to enriching the experience at John Hope Franklin Elementary.
Mrs. Blakney began her teaching career in Houston, Texas in the Aldine I.S.D. School district. Oklahoma has since been considered “home” to Mrs. Blakney, however she was born and raised in Berkeley, California and still enjoys visiting family and friends. She enjoys all things school, travel, her family & friends, water destinations, reading, shopping, technology, crafts, music, ministry, working in the community and learning new things!
She is most proud of being the wife to Brian Sr. and being mom to Brian Jr., Kensington and Chewy (her puppy)!
She looks forward to carrying the torch forward onto Destination Excellence and working to ensure every child moves closer to their highest potential.
Erica Fraser began her career at Tulsa Public Schools over 20 years ago as a first grade teacher. Before joining John Hope Franklin Elementary, Ms. Fraser served at Anderson, Hawthorne, Penn, and Bell in the roles of teacher, math coach, instructional facilitator, and administrator.
She received her undergraduate degree from Langston University in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University. Ms. Fraser believes there is greatness in every child and inspires students to be their best even when the odds are against them.
She enjoys traveling, reading, and aqua aerobics.
I have worked with children and families for 25 years. My career began working as a social worker in the field of foster care and adoption. During my time working as a social worker, I worked with an adoption agency that placed over 1,000 special needs kids with forever families. I earned my Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. While working on my master’s degree, I had the privilege of interning for the Tulsa Area Community School Initiative and at Marshall Elementary. This began my career in the field of education. After graduating from OU, I began working for TPS the fall of 2011. I worked as a community school coordinator at Remington Elementary School for 4 years. In 2015-16, I began working as a school counselor, serving students at Hamilton Elementary, Remington Elementary, and Project ACCEPT. In 2019-20, I served as Interim principal at Project ACCEPT. As a lifelong learner I am working on my doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership. I look forward to continuing to learn and walk in purpose as I grow with new leadership in the 2020-21 school year.