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.

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.