Raising our Voices: Recognizing ESOL Leadership in Business and the Community
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:30 - 9:30am
Northeastern University - Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St, Boston MA
English for New Bostonians is a partnership among the City of Boston, foundations, corporations, non-profits, and community organizations. ENB meets its mission in four key ways:
Grants: ENB awards 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. Our Distance Learning ESOL model offers on-line learning combined with frequent teacher contacts and built-in assessment to learners who cannot attend class due to scheduling conflicts or long waitlists. The English at Work Capacity-Building Initiative offers professional development and TA for ESOL providers; and resource development for employers, unions and ESOL providers.
Expanding Resources: ENB dollars extend the resource pool, helping 1,200 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.