Big Sister Association of Greater Boston – Building Big Dreams


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Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Caitlin Franco is the Founder and Executive Director of Equality Charter School in the Bronx, New York. Leading up to her career in education, Caitlin Franco earned a BA in English Education from Stony Brook University and an MEd in Educational Leadership from Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, she served as a member of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

Members of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston help to inspire younger girls through positive mentoring relationships and supportive spiritual and physical development. The Big Sister Association encourages members to get involved in its special programs, such as the Building Big Dreams Program.

Building Big Dreams encourages girls to nurture future aspirations, such as attending college, by setting career goals and exploring college options that can help support those goals. Corporate sponsors of the Building Big Dreams program also offer girls the ability to consider career options with their companies by exploring various positions within their organizations.

2017 Conference on English Leadership to Promote Access to Literacy

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Conference on English Leadership

Executive Director and Founder Caitlin Franco oversees the work of New York City’s Equality Charter School in facilitating the academic, social, and personal growth of its students. Earlier in her career, Caitlin Franco taught English at other New York academies and was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English.

As part of its mission, the National Council of Teachers of English annually hosts a Conference on English Leadership. Designed to promote student literacy, the Conference is a forum for educators and literacy leaders to unite against illiteracy and to exchange their experiences. It focuses on creating opportunities for students through literacy and reducing the challenges that limit access to literacy.

Conference participants will engage in discussion on how to increase literacy instruction and to meet the needs of students across a variety of backgrounds and skill levels. Furthermore, the event will enable participants to collaborate with community leaders and share their success stories.

Sessions and panels will focus on the theme of Literacy Leadership for Access and Opportunity and explore a number of topics. These will include the link between opportunity and literacy, and how to create professional development opportunities that motivate teachers to act. Sessions will examine how technology advances opportunities for literacy and will prompt a dialogue regarding access to literacy in different communities.

The 2017 Conference on English Leadership will take place on November 19 and 20 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Defensive Driving for Adults at Equality Charter School

Equality Charter School

After acquiring its original charter, Caitlin Franco directed the turnabout of Equality Charter School

from one of the lowest 25 percent of New York City middle schools to one of the top 3 percent in only one academic year. Caitlin Franco is co-founder and executive director of Equality Charter School, which also offers adult programs in its effort to influence children through their parents, neighbors, brothers, teachers, and other adults in their lives.

One event that the school will be holding is the Defensive Driving Course which participants can register through Equality’s Adult Programming page ( It will be held on May 24 and 25, 2017, from 6pm to 9pm, at 4140 Hutchinson River Parkway East, Bronx, New York. The AARP Smart Drive Course will teach defensive driving techniques, new road traffic rules and laws, as well as proven safety strategies.

There will be not exams to pass. Completing the course can save participants 10 percent on their car insurance as well as remove as much as 4 points from their driving record.