Steps to Earning School Building Leader Certification in New York


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New York State School Building Leader

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.


Conference on English Leadership to Explore Challenges to Literacy


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Conference on English Leadership

The Co-Founder and Executive Director of Equality Charter School, Caitlin Franco possesses more than a decade of experience in education and leads her school with a focus on academic, social, and personal growth. Caitlin Franco formerly held membership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which will host its 2017 Conference on English Leadership.

The Conference on English Leadership serves as a collaborative forum for educational leaders to promote student literacy, build access to literacy opportunities, and discuss current and emerging issues. Attending professionals will receive the chance to share insights and seek solutions to literacy challenges. Furthermore, conference materials will help professionals meet the needs of schools in a diverse spectrum of settings and skill levels.

Sessions and panels for the 2017 conference will focus on the theme of Literacy Leadership for Access and Opportunity, thereby highlighting the opportunities that open for students due to literacy. Topics for discussion include the link between literacy and opportunity and how school districts can motivate teachers to further address literacy issues. Participants will also attend networking luncheons, coffee breaks, and facilitated dinners.

The conference will take place at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 19-20, 2017.

What is the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society?


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Phi Beta Kappa

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

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.