Faculty & Staff


Eric Franco, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: 641-585-8238
Fax: 641-585-8194
Email: eric.franco@waldorf.edu

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Edgewood College, 2010.
Dissertation: Building Disciplinary Literacy Through Thinking Like a Historian

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction , Cardinal Stritch University, 2006.
Thesis: The Essay Test: Instructional Strategies for a United States History Course


B.S. Edgewood College, 1999.
Major: History; Secondary Education (History and Social Studies)
Minor: Philosophy; Broad field Social Studies

Dr. Eric V. Franco is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department.

Eric began his career in teaching 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 committed to service, social justice, and the personal commitment to become a reflective practitioner within the context of 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 various conditions and real-world contexts in an effort to build realistic learning 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.

Professional Affiliations
Kosovo Public Policy Center — Senior Fellow
Iowa Sister States Kosovo Committee — Board Member
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Organization of American Historians (OAH)
World History Association (WHA)
History Cooperative
Kosovo Education Center (KEC)
National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Current Research and Professional Work
Eric's current research focuses on the various perspectives of Kosovo's citizens since its 2008 unilateral declaration of independence through oral histories. Through this work Eric hopes to capture the various social responses throughout the country and document the social pulse of Europe's newest representative republic.

Additional Information:
Area of Research and Scholarly Interest:
History – American social history 1945 - present; the Cold War; film studies and popular culture; Balkans history; American foreign policy and international relations studies; military intelligence studies; multicultural studies.

Education – Disciplinary literacy; multi-modal literacy practices reinforcing history education; active learning practices for promoting historical thinking; Thinking Like a Historian; teacher and instructional leadership; history education reform; brain-based learning;

Teaching License and Certification
Iowa Master Educator License
Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, License Folder Number 1013294
5-12 American History
5-12 World History Endorsements
October 2013 – Present

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Professional Licensure
File Number: 639721
Professional Development Plan Reviewer Training: March 2007
21-701 Broad Field Social Studies
21-725 History
21-745 Sociology
21-740 Psychology