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GED® or HiSet?

On Friday January 20, First Literacy held an information session about two nationally recognized standardized…

Educating the Imagination

I’d like to share a free resource with adult ABE/ESOL teachers, one that has inspired…

Welcoming Our New Director of Programs, Lenore Balliro

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.

Supporting Adult Education – #AEFLWeek and Beyond

Where are the children who can read? This question was asked in a Globe Op/Ed published 20 years ago. The answer, then as now, is, “Children who can read live with adults who can read.” National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is recognized each year in September to raise awareness about adult education, English language learning, and family literacy. Nationally, approximately 36 million adults have reading, math, and/or English language deficiencies.

Fridays at First Literacy – Visual Storytelling for ESOL

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

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.”

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…

Adventures in Thumbholes

We were thrilled when we learned that an anonymous donor had run the 2015 Boston…

Lauretta’s Speech

First Literacy scholarship recipient Lauretta Brennan spoke about her experience as an adult learner at the…

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…