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Eric Franco, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of EducationPhone: 641-585-8238Fax: 641-585-8194
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 and Chair of the Education Department.
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.
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)
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.
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; Professional Development School partnerships.
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
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."(2005) "Prohibition."
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