What is the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society?


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Phi Beta Kappa
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Caitlin Franco is the executive director and founder at Equality Charter School, located in the Bronx, New York. Dedicated to offering an exceptional work environment and first-rate educational programs, Caitlin Franco herself was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, which continues to be the nation’s oldest and most established academic honor society, founded on December 5, 1776.

Celebrating greatness in the areas of liberal arts and sciences, the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society champions freedom of thought and lifelong curiosity. Honoring the brightest undergraduates in these disciplines from almost 300 top schools in the nation and granting lifelong membership, they connect members to a network of high achievers and equip them with the tools needed to become leaders in their fields.

Only 10 percent of universities in the United States have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, with only 10 percent of graduates eligible for admission.

There are 48 alumni associations across the country, that offer networking and cultural events for members, often partnering with scholarships programs and charitable organizations.

For membership, many requirements are necessary, from high level courses, bilingual ability and a certain moral and ethical character.


Big Sister Association of Greater Boston – Building Big Dreams


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Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
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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
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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.