by Lenore Balliro The majority of First Literacy Professional Development Workshops focus attention on improving teaching and supporting teachers in ABE programs. We love doing this, and teachers attest to the value of our workshops. But ABE program directors have needs, too. Like teachers, they can benefit from professional development and support to prevent isolation,… Read More Meeting the Needs of Program Directors
by Lenore Balliro Whenever my colleague Alison Simpson and I collaborate in facilitating professional development for ESOL teachers, we always seem to end up discussing our favorite materials, methods, and approaches from “back in the day.” Both of us started teaching adult immigrants in the 1980s, when resources for teaching ESOL were few and far… Read More Retro, Vintage, Time-Tested
By Lenore Balliro, Director of Programs, First Literacy I had the great pleasure of observing a recent two-session workshop at First Literacy called Math Instruction for High School Equivalency: De-mystifying Algebra for the Math Phobic. I should say that the pleasure part kicked in after my fear and trembling subsided. The highly skilled facilitator, Marilyn… Read More The “M” Word
After attending the workshop “Digital Resources to Create Independent Learning Opportunities for ESOL Students” at First Literacy on February 3, Mary Ellen D’Angelo of Jackson Mann Community School chose the free app WhatsApp to try out with her adult students. WhatsApp uses the phone’s Internet connection for messaging and is more suitable than texting for group… Read More Using WhatsApp
First Literacy is delighted to welcome Lenore Balliro as our new Director of Programs. Ms. Balliro has worked with adult basic education teachers and programs across Massachusetts for many years: as an instructor, program director, staff and program developer, and consultant.
We’re kicking off our fall session Fridays at First Literacy professional development events with an exciting approach to teaching ESOL: Visual Storytelling — Using Photography to Teach English Language Learners… Read More Fridays at First Literacy – Visual Storytelling for ESOL
First Literacy held the first of its two-session Professional Development Workshop Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test on Friday, March 11th. Facilitated by John Shea of Charlestown Adult Learning Center, Kelly Folsom of X-Cel Education, and First Literacy Director of Programs, Michael Feher, the workshop was attended by 18 adult education teachers… Read More Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test
First Literacy held Session 1 of its Professional Development Workshop Smart Practice: Brain-Based ESOL Instructional Techniques Friday, February 26th in its new professional development room. A 100% attendance of 23 participants made for a lively room of engaged adult education educators – teachers and administrators alike. As a foundation for this two-part, six-hour workshop,… Read More Brain-Based ESOL Instruction