Elaine Franklin

Research Institute Advisor

Elaine Franklin (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1997) is the former director of the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at North Carolina State University. Elaine was formerly the Executive Director of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching and prior to that was the Director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Western Carolina University. In these former positions, as well as in her current role, Elaine is a leader in the professional development of teachers across the state of North Carolina. Elaine served as Crow Canyon’s Director of Education between 1997 and 2005, during which time she led the Center’s education department, and developed its educational programs and curricula. During her tenure at Crow Canyon, the education department published a guide for teachers entitled Windows into the Past (Kendal/Hunt) and her research on student learning helped build the case for the development of the Pueblo Learning Center on the Crow Canyon Campus. Elaine has been active in archaeology and heritage education for more than 20 years and has published nationally and internationally on issues related to education about the human past. She maintains scholarly interest in these areas, as well in the area of human cognition and how people learn. Her 2005 book, How Students Understand the Past: from Theory to Practice (Altamira Press) was based on her dissertation research with Colorado Students who attended programs at Crow Canyon. She directed five National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes for Teachers focused on archaeology and American Indian history.