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Meeting the Needs of Program Directors

The majority of First Literacy Professional Development Workshops focus attention on improving teaching and supporting…

Retro, Vintage, Time-Tested

Whenever my colleague Alison Simpson and I collaborate in facilitating professional development for ESOL teachers,…

Mujeres Teaches IT Tech Skills in Pilot Class

Mujeres Unidas Avenzando, a community-based organization supporting Latina students and their families since 1979, took…

Why First Literacy

Non-profit organizations are formed for many reasons: To answer a societal need To provide a…

First Literacy Sponsors Teacher Retreat

On August 18, a group of Massachusetts adult basic education teachers gathered in Lanesville, MA,…

From Garden to Garden: Learning English in the Weeds

After attending a Teaching ESOL Through Community Gardening workshop at First Literacy, Gillian Burleson realized…

Gardening as a Theme for Teaching ESOL

  Using themes is an effective way to design curriculum for English language learners. Organizing…

The “M” Word

 I had the great pleasure of observing a recent two-session workshop at First Literacy called…

Using WhatsApp

After attending the workshop “Digital Resources to Create Independent Learning Opportunities for ESOL Students” at…

Know Your Rights

Informed communities are cornerstones of a participatory democracy. An important aspect of adult literacy instruction…