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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…

Guiding Student Reflection in the Classroom

After attending the first session of the “Fostering Independence” workshop at First Literacy, I decided…

Student Goal Setting

On January 27, Sarah Lynn facilitated the final session of First Literacy’s Professional Development Workshop,…

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.