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Laura Franklin

Dr. Laura Franklin is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. She teaches special education courses at Wayne State College, including Bias, Stereotype, Prejudice in Education, Social/Emotional Development and Behavior Interventions in a 7-12 Prosocial Classroom, and Consultation and Collaboration. 

In addition to these undergraduate courses, she has also been a leader in the collaborative creation of a new special education MSE and teaches many of the new graduate courses being offered for the first-time beginning Summer 2018 sessions: Culturally Responsive Teaching, History and Characteristics of Exceptionalities, and Social/Emotional Behavior. There are multiple different versions of programs of study for this new SPD MSE and can even cater to those individuals with a degree, but not in education. This initial certification option, as well as the others specific to practitioners in the field, address the very real need for special educators across the country.

Before teaching at WSC, Dr. Franklin worked for 11 years in PK-12 in multiple districts in Tucson and Flagstaff, Ariz., Austin, Texas, Salt Lake City, and was an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University. She has made several professional presentations and authored a variety of publications ranging from individual chapters and articles, to collaborative work with colleagues at Wayne State College, State University of New York at Oneonta, and Northern Arizona University.

In service to Wayne State College and to the education profession, Dr. Franklin continues to build relationships with Educational Service Units 1 and 6. Collaborating with Special Education Coordinators has allowed targeted professional developments to be continually provided for the specific needs and plans in districts of Crete, Norris, Walthill, and Winnebago, Neb. In 2017, she and colleague Dr. Casey Hurner were awarded the Friend of Special Education Award from the National Association of Special Education Supervisors (NASES).

She has also served three years on Faculty Senate (two as Vice President), and now sits on both Graduate Council and Rank, Promotion, and Tenure as a representative for the Counseling Department.

Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Arizona University, 2012
M.A., Bilingual Special Education, University of Arizona, 2004
B.A., Biochemistry/Spanish (Portuguese concentration), University of Arizona, 2002

Academic Interests
Dr. Franklin's academic interests include disability studies; postmodern theories related to identity; processes of stigmatization and construction of labels specific to populations of learners who are culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional (CLDE); and the more performative qualitative research methodologies of autoethnography, duo ethnography, and collaborative autoethnography.