Eric began his teaching career in 1998 and has taught a variety of courses at the corporate, public K-12, and post-secondary levels. As a high school teacher in an urban setting, Eric is no stranger to the challenges in today's schools and believes effective teaching begins with the recruitment of high-quality individuals dedicated to service, social justice, and the personal commitment to become a reflective and a life-long learner. Eric's courses challenge students to continuously reflect on how to apply theoretical frameworks of academic disciplines and various best instructional practices under realistic conditions and real-world contexts in order to build active learning environments facilitating student engagement and achievement for aspiring teachers.
Much of Eric's professional work is focused on developing sound and practical classroom practices resting on the theoretical foundations established by Wiggins & McTighhe, Buehl, Marzano, Shanahan & Shanahan, Moje, Stiggins, Tomlinson, and other prominent clinical practitioners and literacy specialists. To that end, Eric's students experience an immersion in various perspectives of educational reform, assessment, constructivism, and aligning K-12 classroom experiences to the various disciplinary, professional, and institutional standards.
Eric's 2012 collaboration with the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology history education curriculum development team culminated in an accredited history teacher training program for Kosovo teachers.
Franco, Eric V. & Bislimi, F. (2014) Reflections on Kosovo. Balkan Free Press. Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Franco, Eric V. (2012) Thinking like a historian Teacher development program. Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology.
Franco, Eric V. (2010). “Building disciplinary literacy through Thinking Like a Historian: A case study. Edgewood College. Doctoral Dissertation.
Franco, Eric V. (2010) “Using graffitti to teach students to think like historians.” Society for History Education, The History Teacher, Volume 43, No. 4 (August 2010).
Franco, Eric V. (2009). "Teaching students to think like historians: Graffiti-style!” Wisconsin Council of the Social Studies publication, The Journal.
Franco, Eric V. (2007). "Review of the edgewood college broad field social studies history concentration program." Edgewood College Department of History.
Franco, Eric V. (2005). "Forest gump: A case study for a modern U.S. history class in a 4x4 block schedule." Film & history: An interdisciplinary journal of film and television studies cd-rom series.
Franco, Eric V (2013). Learning to research, researching to learn: A method for teaching historical inquiry through the use of television sit-coms. http://waldorf.academia.edu/EricFranco
Franco, Eric V (2013). The transformative effect of history education: Using history education to promote regional stability and identity in the balkans. http://waldorf.academia.edu/EricFranco
Franco, Eric V (2013). Improving students’ historical thinking through thematic projects and museum exhibits. http://waldorf.academia.edu/EricFranco
Wisconsin State Historical Society: Turning Points in Wisconsin History Lesson Plans:
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/ (2005) "Black Migrations."
(2005) "Charm School."
(2005) "Hmong Struggle."
(2005) "Negro Business Directory."
(2005) “Ojibwe Treaty Settlement."