Paul Thomas

  • Achievement gap
  • Charter schools
  • Grading
  • Politics
  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity
  • Reading and literacy
  • School choice
  • Teacher quality
  • Writing

P.L. Thomas is a professor of education at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He previously taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He is a column editor for the National Council of Teachers of English’s English Journal and the series editor for “Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres” (Sense Publishers). NCTE named Thomas the 2013 George Orwell Award winner. Recent edited volumes include “James Baldwin: Challenging Authors” and “Becoming and Being a Teacher.” His teaching and scholarship focus on literacy and the impact of poverty on education, as well as confronting the political dynamics influencing public education in the U.S.