Frank is a second-generation Honduran and Italian American. He serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Equity Lab Charter Schools Inc., a non-profit agency that works to scale the Equity Lab educational model.
Frank believes in the education of the heart and the mind. For over twenty years Frank has served as an educator and leader in public education. In the Chelsea Public Schools, he co-founded two innovative high schools for at-risk students that utilized project-based curricula and assessments that were linked to professional internships (local Boston hospitals, universities, law offices, and community/government agencies). As both a teacher and a school leader, he inspired Chelsea students to graduate and move on to higher education. Because of his bilingual and bicultural background, Frank understands the issues and challenges that ethnically/racially diverse students and their families confront daily.Frank served on the team of the National Center for Scaling Effective Schools (NCSU) responsible for supporting the incubation and scaling of innovative practices within schools and districts that were deeply connected to their unique contexts. The Center was a partnership of Vanderbilt University, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Educational Development Center (EDC). Frank also worked on the Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change (DLSC) team, responsible for supporting DLSC districts in building a culture of continuous quality improvement and results orientation. This project involves shifting the focus of education leaders and teachers to a paradigm and mindset of innovation, learning, research, problem solving, and effective practice adoption to be able to respond to the evolving needs of students. Recently, Frank collaborated with Lawrence Public Schools in an initiative sponsored by the Nelle Mae Foundation—Preparing All Learners (PAL). The focus of the PAL initiative focused upon supporting Lawrence High School and the district office in cultivating a culture of continuous improvement that led to home-grown educational innovations.
Andre Bennett is a community activist and youth pastor at Zion Baptist Church in Lynn. He also serves as a Behavioral Specialist with Creative Behavioral Solutions and Specialized Autism Consultants. In his role as a behavioral specialist, he works with families and schools in Greater Lawrence and Boston to implement positive behavioral approaches to address problematic behaviors of youth who have suffered trauma, psychological or social disorders and cognitive/physical disabilities. Andre also coaches school staff in how to create learning environments to improve problematic behaviors and coaches families in how to use positive behavioral approaches in their children’s home environments. Andre is a passionate social activist and works with a number of local colleges and community organizations to improve the lives of immigrant families.