With degrees from Stony Brook and Harvard University, Caitlin Franco serves as the Executive Director of Equality Charter School, which she founded in 2009. In addition to holding certification as an educator in New York, Caitlin Franco is certified as a New York State School Building Leader (SBL).
Administered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), SBL certification is for education professionals who wish to serve as a principal in a New York school. To qualify for certification, an educator must hold a graduate degree and have at least three years of experience as a full-time classroom teacher.
Candidates are also required to complete a state-approved preparation program for school administrators and pass the SBL exam. The test has two parts with a mix of selected-response and task-based questions. Each part takes four hours to complete. The final step in earning SBL certification is submitting an application and accompanying documentation to the NYSED.