February 6, 2020
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
This event was originally scheduled for December 3, 2019.
Recognizing the importance of immigrants to Massachusetts and the value of English proficiency for immigrants’ advancement both economically and socially, the Boston Foundation and the Latino Legacy Fund commissioned a study to explore the region’s ESOL landscape and calculate the “return on investment” (ROI) of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). ESOL programs are an important component of adult education and a key piece of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—but what are the extent and effectiveness of ESOL offerings in Massachusetts?
The study’s findings are shared in a report, and panelists from across key stakeholder communities will discuss its analysis and the issues and opportunities it may bring to the region’s economic, social and civic landscape.
Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation
Aixa Beauchamp, Co-Founder, The Latino Legacy Fund, The Boston Foundation
Presentation of Report
Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor, Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and Department of Economics; Associate
Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Shinobu Ando, Director of Next Step, Asian American Civic Association
Kermit Dunkelberg, Assistant Vice President of Adult Education & Workforce Development, Holyoke Community College
Keith Mahoney, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Joanne Pokaski, Senior Director of Workforce Development & Community Relations, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Wyvonne Stevens-Carter, Director, Adult Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Juan Carlos Morales, Founder & Managing Partner, Surfside Capital Advisors LLC;
Co-Founder, The Latino Legacy Fund, The Boston Foundation