Dr. Franklin Thomas

Dr. Franklin Thomas

Assistant Graduate Chair and Assistant Professor of Education
Main Campus
Education Building

Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, EKU
Rank I School Administration, EKU
M.S. Secondary Education, UK
B.S. Mathematics, UK

Supervisor of Instruction
Director of Pupil Personnel
School Principal
Secondary Teacher (Mathematics/Physical Science)

Positions Held in P-12 Education 
Director of Pupil Personnel, Director of Human Resources, Save-the-Children Grant Coordinator, Textbook Coordinator, Supervisor of Instruction, District Assessment Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Curriculum Specialist, Middle School Principal, District Management Review Corrective Action Plan Officer, High School Interim Principal, High School Assistant Principal, Highly Skilled Educator at KDE (team leader), High School Teacher (science, math, computer programming)(department chair)(SBDM council member), Substitute Teacher

Current Memberships 
Kentucky Colonels
Phi Beta Kappa

Publications Since Coming to CU 
Authored chapter (“Ethical and Professional Norms”) in the book, School Improvement: Let the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Work for You
Authored chapter (“Protection from the Strong Hand of God”) in the book, Long Handled Hoe?: High Yield Encounters with God

Presentations Since Coming to CU 
Introduction to Cognitive Coaching at Principal EdCamp (January 2021)

Dissertation Topic 
The Relationship Between Advanced Academic Services and College Readiness Among Public High School Students in Rural Remote Appalachian Kentucky 

Current Research Projects 
Improving Mentoring and Other Support of Alternatively Certified School Principals in Kentucky
Grow Your Own Programs:  An Opportunity for Universities and School Districts to Collaborate and Reshape Principal Preparation

University Service 
Chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standard One Committee
Conducts content reviews associated with program reviews of administrator preparation programs for KDE
Conducts site visits at other universities as part of their CAEP accreditation process
Member of the Advisory Council for Administrative Programs
Mentor for Option 6 (alternatively certified) school and district leaders
Participant in the University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI)
School of education representative on the CU Honors Council
University supervisor for student teachers

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