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.

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.