Dedication of the Dr. Charlotte K. Frank Room

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The room was named thanks to a generous donation by Frank who is a Bronx native and a senior advisor for McGraw-Hill Educational.

On October 20 Mercy College dedicated the Dr. Charlotte K. Frank Room in its Bronx Parent Center. The Dr. Charlotte K. Frank Room will serve as the Center’s computer lab. The room was named thanks to a generous donation by Frank who is a Bronx native and a senior advisor for McGraw-Hill Educational. Her distinguished career has included roles as teacher and supervisor, executive director of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction for the New York City Board of Education and a Regent of the State of New York, and has been devoted to championing education issues. Frank credits her Bronx education for her long list of accomplishments.

At the ribbon cutting Frank said that she was ”thrilled” to contribute to educating parents. She compared educating parents to nurturing plants: “However you bend the stalk the tree will grow.” Frank said: “In life you learn God can’t be everywhere – that’s why the Bronx Parent Center is here – to do the work.”

Mercy College President Tim Hall thanked Frank for her generous donation, and added: “By empowering parents to be engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn high grades and test scores, graduate from high school and enroll in college.”    

The Bronx Parent Center opened in 2012 and works to empower parents to better support their children’s education through workshops, resources and leadership development. Today the Center offers over 50 parent workshops in English and Spanish on topics such as: managing your child's challenging behaviors, strategies to support special needs children, school readiness, hands-on mathematics, read-aloud strategies, parent leadership development and hands-on technology. The Center also serves as a training ground for School of Education students to engage with parents in educational decision-making, as well as a research base for faculty to investigate best practices in parent engagement.

About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. http://www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.

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