Grants: Each year, ENB programs provide a gateway for 1,100 immigrants to participate in Boston’s economic and civic life by awarding grants to support ESOL classes in community-, faith- and labor-based organizations across Boston, helping to expand the system and fill gaps. Grants are made to well-established ESOL programs, as well as a unique focus on emerging grassroots programs.
Professional Development: ENB’s staff and consultant team provide training and technical assistance (TA), especially to smaller, grassroots community-based programs. TA includes ESOL methodology, learner assessment, integrating technology in the classroom, and other topics.
Innovation: ENB develops new strategies to reach more learners at home, at work and in the community. On-line and blended learning approaches, workplace classes, and customized curricula assist students of diverse linguistic and educational backgrounds to attain a broad range of goals.
Expanding Resources: ENB dollars extend the resource pool, helping 1,100 immigrants annually to increase their English proficiency. ENB also increases state, federal and private funding through the groundbreaking statewide English Works Campaign, a coalition of business, labor, community and civic leaders and organizations. The Campaign calls for a high-quality, public-private ESOL system that serves immigrants, businesses, and the Commonwealth.