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Welcoming Our New Executive Director

First Literacy is delighted to announce its new Executive Director, Terry Witherell. Terry brings over…

The Sky Is the Limit

When we met Yamileth Lopez, she had already come a long way, both literally and figuratively. Yamileth was in her fourth year of college in Venezuela when a family tragedy brought her to the United States. Despite not knowing English, she worked hard for years running her late father’s convenience store to support her family. Her dreams of college and an accounting career were put on hold.

Honoring Mayor Flynn

First Literacy is proud to announce that it will be honoring Mayor Raymond L. Flynn…

Not a Branch, But the Root

It’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, the one week in the year that celebrates…

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…