The Ongoing Transformation of Adult ESOL Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a shock to the economy and our way of life.  Its effect on Adult ESOL learning has been equally disruptive, but ultimately, it has accelerated program innovation and transformation and possibly system level recalibration, potentially making learning more flexible and attractive to adult learners. Most importantly, ESOL providers stepped up … Continue reading The Ongoing Transformation of Adult ESOL Learning

World Education Statement on Immigration Ban

On Monday, March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a revised version of his executive order that bans immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations. At World Education, we believe this ban hurts people and organizations. Unlike any other country, this is a nation of immigrants. Immigration defines the past, present, and future of the United States. … Continue reading World Education Statement on Immigration Ban

Creating a Welcoming Community through Social Gaming in a Library

By Edward Latham Since February, 2016, I have tried an experiment that brings together US-born and immigrant residents of my rural community in Milbridge, in Downeast Maine. As I believe that libraries should be community hubs, I approached my local library to learn about their vision and goals as well as the librarian’s perception of … Continue reading Creating a Welcoming Community through Social Gaming in a Library

Let’s Celebrate the National Welcoming Week!

The National Welcoming Week, September 16-25, is a time to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, colleagues, and classmates, values like hard work and resiliency. It’s a time to build bridges across differences by sharing our stories. Stories of resilience and overcoming obstacles, for example, can build bonds between immigrant and U.S.-born adults. … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate the National Welcoming Week!

Federal Initiative Highlights Role of Libraries in Immigrant Skill-Building

By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, National Skills Coalition

Participants in the federal Networks for Integrating New Americans technical assistance initiative gathered in Washington DC recently for a two-day convening. Joining the convening for its second day were members of the initiative’s Technical Work Group, a group of advisors that includes National Skills Coalition Senior Policy Analyst Amanda Bergson-Shilcock. Continue Reading →

Adult ESOL Programs as Agents of Immigrant Integration

Immigration defines the past, present, and future of the United States. Immigrants’ contributions to U.S. society and their integration underlie the nation’s progress to date and its ability to thrive in the future.* Immigrants and their children will account for 85% of the net growth in the U.S. workforce over the next 20 years; by … Continue reading Adult ESOL Programs as Agents of Immigrant Integration