First Literacy Lab: ABCD’s Summer ESOL Gardening Class

ABCD developed this hands-on project after observing that many of their ESOL students had an interest in and experience with gardening, but did not know what plants grow in Boston and in many cases did not have enough room to garden.
“We experienced this disconnect last summer when we brought our conversation class to City Natives for a tour. The students spent an hour and a half comparing plants in their home countries and here, learning the names of edible, medicinal, and decorative plants, and talking about the gardens that they had at home. They were excited about the topic and this engagement helped them to interact with our tour guide almost entirely in English.” … Read More First Literacy Lab: ABCD’s Summer ESOL Gardening Class

The 11-10-02 Foundation Scholars

Since 2014, The 11-10-02 Foundation has funded First Literacy scholarships for adult learners. This March, The 11-10-02 Foundation’s founder, Greg Forbes Siegman, traveled to Boston to keynote the 21st Century Academic Forum at Harvard – a conference for educators and researchers from different countries. During each day of his trip, he spent time with one of The… Read More The 11-10-02 Foundation Scholars

Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test

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

Brain-Based ESOL Instruction

  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

Keeping Track of Our Scholars’ Success

It’s standard practice for us to keep track of First Literacy Scholarship recipients. We love to see how a little leg-up from us helps our Scholars reach big milestones and achieve their goals. But our staff member Michael Feher has been keeping track on one of our Scholars since long before he even applied. Before he became our Director… Read More Keeping Track of Our Scholars’ Success