Friday, October 19, 2018

Empowering Adults with High School Diploma Test Preparation

Caitlin Franco is the founder and executive director of Equality Charter School in the Bronx, New York. In addition to serving middle school and high school students, Caitlin Franco and Equality Charter School offer an adult education program to help individuals in the Bronx community. The adult learning program provides high school diploma test preparation, computer literacy courses, and Microsoft Office lessons. 

Equality Charter School’s high school diploma preparation focuses on New York State’s Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). This test has officially replaced the GED (General Educational Development) test in the state. The TASC evaluates students in five areas: reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics. 

Equality Charter School’s high school diploma test preparation lasts three months. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Lessons are taught by qualified tutors. In addition to the tutoring sessions, adults receive career guidance and skills training.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Preparing High School Students for a College Fair

After a teaching career in New York City charter schools, Caitlin Franco established the Equality Charter School located in the Bronx. As the school’s executive director, Caitlin Franco implements initiatives that promote college readiness and academic excellence, including annual college fairs. 

College fairs give high school students a glimpse into the world of higher education and the types of programs that are available. If students are well-prepared, a college fair can be the first step to entering university.

Well before the fair takes place, students should talk to their guidance counselors about their academic and career goals. The counselor can work with the student to identify viable career paths and then schools that offer relevant majors. Counselors should also inform students about the differences between bachelor and associate degree programs and the benefits and disadvantages of each.

Once students have identified several schools that are a good fit for their future plans, they should do some research by visiting each school’s website and Facebook page and by reading news articles. By gaining general knowledge beforehand, students can discuss specific information with a college representative.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Measuring Student Growth Over Proficiency

A graduate of Harvard University, Caitlin Franco is the founder and executive director of Equality Charter School in the Bronx, New York. In this role, Caitlin Franco and her colleagues strive to create a learning environment that focuses on individual student growth rather than general student achievement.

In educational environments that emphasize student growth, children are assessed on their academic growth and progress over time rather than their performance on state-mandated standardized tests. This form of academic evaluation more accurately displays a school’s ability to help students from all backgrounds. 

According to a 2017 article in The New York Times, a focus on academic growth may also offer a more honest comparison between the effectiveness of school districts regardless of the level of funding. This may affect the schools that parents perceive to be prestigious, which may influence where they want to live.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Supporting Underserved Students with Career Planning

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Growth Prioritized over Achievement at Equality Charter School

Friday, July 13, 2018

Eagle Pride

Equality doesn't just educate the youth they change their lives for the better, forever. To find out more click the link

Did you know the first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.

Equality isn't just a school, it is a home. Equality helps shape each and every scholar who walks through the doors of their school. Equality helps teach scholars the tools needed to be successful . Equality showed not only me but all the scholars that walked through their doors that they were not there to judge anyone.  Every child deserves a place to call home, and a place where you can grow academically and in every other way possible. I called Equality home and so can your child. In closing Equality changed my life forever, and for that I will be forever grateful. 


This is D'stini signing off and out. GO EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Eagle Nation Rise Up

This is D'stini checking in with your Equality News. Go Eagles!!!!!!!

The first set of seniors have graduated from Equality Charter High School. It was a bittersweet time.

Have you ever felt like during the summer you didn't have anything good to read? No fear Equality Charter School is here to help. Here are some books to solve that (Trevor Noah "Born A Crime", Stephen Chbosky " Perks of being a Wallflower" and David Levithan "Every Day". )

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#MotivatedMondays: "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me"-Carol Burnett
Just a quote to bring a thought to mind that only you can change your day whether it's taking a break just to enjoy the summer air or even going on a vacation with close friends and family.