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 →

Immigrant Integration Offers a Broader Frame for ESOL Instruction

There are nearly 22 million immigrants and refugees in the U.S. who speak limited English and could benefit from English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction. For the two million or so of them who are fortunate to get a seat in an adult ESOL program every year, these programs are a gateway to navigating life in their new home country. As such, adult ESOL programs are important agents of immigrant integration, but that potential needs to be nurtured. Read more…