Franklin Center News

Find news from Franklin Center as well media stories related to autism and learning differences featuring experts from Franklin Center.


Academy of Whole Learning Announces New Principal for K-12 School

Veteran Teacher & Leader Joins One-of-a-Kind Neurodiverse School
The Academy of Whole Learning is pleased to welcome Ms. Kimberly Strandemo as the new principal. Read the full announcement here.


Academy of Whole Learning Executive Director Announces Retirement

After a decade of extraordinary service, Wyayn Rasmussen, Ed.D., Executive Director of Academy of Whole Learning, announced her retirement. Read the full announcement here.


School for Students with Autism Coming to Golden Valley, Aired 3/17/21

CCX Media’s Pafoua Yang reports on our new facility in Golden Valley, which will open for the 2022-2023 school year.


Regarding the story out of Washington state

WCCO radio personality Sheletta Brundidge interviewed Dr. Wyayn Rasmussen of Franklin Center regarding her thoughts on the recent story out of Washington state, where a child with Autism was moved into the school bathroom for a quiet space. Listen to the interview below.


Passive Bullying

Dr. Wyayn Rasmussen, Franklin Center’s Executive Director, was interviewed by Kare11 regarding the purposeful ignoring of someone perceived as vulnerable, or passive bullying. See the video clip below and the related article here that appeared in the August MN Parent Magazine.


Women Crushing It

Kare 11 recently featured Dr. Wyayn Rasmussen, our Executive Director, on their Wednesday “Women Crushing It” segment. She spoke about how Franklin Center gives students with Autism and individual learning needs a space to truly come alive!


Monday Refresh

Wyayn Rasmussen, our Executive Director, was featured on Kare 11 during their Monday Refresh Segment. She emphasized that having a passion for what you do allows each of us to fill ourselves back up and re-energize for the day and week ahead. All of our Franklin Center staff have a passion for this school and the incredible students we serve. We are energized by the difference we make!


Franklin Center Gifted $1 Million to Establish Endowment Scholarship Fund

Please read the following article here for more information.


Franklin Academy Graduate Success Story

Steve Benjamin, the father of Peter, talks about how Franklin Center made a dramatic impact on his son’s success. We are so very proud of Peter and appreciative of all our supportive parents like Steve.


Autism awareness and the use of technology, WCCO, Aired 4/26/19

WCCO TV interviewed our Head of School, Wyayn Rasmussen, to discuss autism and how Franklin Center uses technology, such as Virtual Reality, to bring valuable experiences into our classrooms.


Technology benefiting students with Autism, Kare11, Aired 4/2/19

As part of World Autism Day, our Head of School, Wyayn Rasmussen, was interviewed by Kare11 regarding how we are using technology to benefit our students.


Creating a safe space for learning through Virtual Reality, KSTP5, Aired 2/6/19

Our students recently had an opportunity to visit REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory in St. Louis Park. Check out how this amazing technology can create a safe space for our students to learn.


Franklin Center’s approach to educating students with Autism, WCCO Radio, Aired 1/7/19

In the wake of the disturbing story out of Kentucky regarding a teacher dragging a student with Autism through the school halls, our Head of School, Wyayn Rasmussen, spoke to WCCO Radio about Franklin Center’s successful approach to educating students with Autism. Please listen to the segment and contact us if you are interested in learning more about our amazing program.


How Franklin Center uses STEM curriculum in its classrooms

This video captures how Franklin Center is using STEM curriculum to increase hands-on learning and deliver knowledge and confidence to our exceptional students.


Perspective on the CDC’s new statistics regarding Autism, KSTP5, Aired 5/20/18

KSTP5 interviewed our Head of School, Wyayn Rasmussen, and one of our sophomore students, Gray, about the new statistics and how Franklin Center uses a holistic approach to educate and prepare our students.


Minnetonka school empowers kids with autism, KARE11, Aired 5/7/18

With the CDC now estimating that one in 42 Minnesota kids is on the autism spectrum, Kare11 highlight’s how Franklin Center is working to make sure our students are set up for success in college.


School for Students with Autism Moves into New Location, KSTP, Aired 4/24/18

KSTP covered the Franklin Center Community Welcome Event and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, highlighting the many things that make our school unique, and how we accommodate the needs of our students.


Minnetonka school for autistic children grows with need, Star Tribune Article, Printed 4/25/18

Please click here for the article.


Franklin Center featured on WCCO for Autism Awareness Month, WCCO, Aired 4/7/18

Our own Maggie Jensen was interviewed on WCCO regarding Autism Awareness Month and the many things our school offers students with ASD and other related learning differences.


Gold Medalist Visits with Franklin State Poly Hockey Champions, KSTP5, Aired 3/23/18

Franklin Center Special Olympics State Champion Poly Hockey Team had a chance to meet Gold Medalist Kelly Pannek from the US women’s hockey team. Our students had a wonderful time scrimmaging, doing a Q&A, and taking pictures with Kelly.


Franklin Center – New to Minnetonka this School Year, Sun Sailor Article, Printed 3/8/18

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Olympic Athletes Inspire Minnetonka Students, KARE11, Aired 2/8/18

Gina Pogue, Physical Education and Health Teacher at Franklin Center, shows how our school gym has transformed into an Olympic training facility for students to try bobsledding, alpine skiing and luge.


Summer Stress for Kids with Autism, WCCO Radio, Aired 5/17/17

Wyayn Rasmussen, Head of School at Franklin Center, gives advice on how to help all children reduce summer learning loss and thrive.


Focus on Fidgets, Kare 11, Aired 5/13/17

Wyayn Rasmussen, Head of School at Franklin Center, explains how our school uses fidgets as tools versus toys.


Fidgets, WCCO, Aired 5/1/17

Wyayn Rasmussen, Head of School at Franklin Center, discusses the benefits of fidgets.


Misconceptions of Autism, WCCO, Aired 4/8/17

Dana Liberty, a teacher at Franklin Academy, talks about some of the misconceptions of autism.


Sesame Street’s Newest Muppet with Autism, Kare 11, Aired 3/20/17

Dana Liberty, a teacher at Franklin Academy, and Erin Smith, a student at Franklin Academy talk about the newest muppet and the value of inclusion.


Excellent Educator, WCCO, Aired 3/8/17

Head of School, Wyayn Rasmussen, was named an Excellent Educator by WCCO-TV! Wyayn cares deeply about the success of our students and our school. Check out the clip below to see the surprise and find out what Wyayn thinks is the best part of her job!


Coping with Stress in the Classroom, KSTP, Aired 1/18/17

Franklin Center students practice yoga and self-regulation to learn new ways to cope with stress. It’s just one of many ways our school focuses on the whole child. Watch this story from KSTP to see how yoga is helping our students control their reactions to stress throughout the day!


Yoga in the Classroom, Kare 11, Aired 1/11/17

Yoga teaches us how to breathe, relax and remain calm. At Franklin Center, we call it self-regulation. This is the first year we’ve had a certified yoga instructor visit every classroom once a week. Want to know how it’s benefited our students? Watch this story from KARE 11!