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ESL Student Becomes a Successful Real Estate Agent


Flor was enrolled in Project BEST’s high school equivalency class. She attended classes two nights a week, and although she made progress, it wasn’t quick or easy. It was difficult for Flor to give it her all and provide all of her attention to preparing to take the GED—she is also a wife and a mother of three, and she worked full-time.

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The Role of Theater and Literacy in Prison
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on February 01, 2019 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryAdvocacy


Prison Performing Arts (PPA) is a multi-disciplinary literacy and performing arts program dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and adults in Missouri’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. The program provides incarcerated adults, youth, and those reestablishing themselves in their communities outside of prison with an opportunity to improve their literacy and communication skills.

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A Student Story: A Grandfather's Wish


Ruben would pretend to read to his grandchildren from storybooks until one day his granddaughter pointed out, “Grandpa, that's not what it says here.”

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80 Years of the Christmas Book Flood
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on December 20, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryStories from the Field


Christmastime is a magical time for literacy in Iceland. In fact, it marks one of the small country’s greatest traditions.

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Students Teach Students and Reduce ESOL Waiting Lists


For their inaugural PBHA Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, six students taught English to hundreds of new residents of Boston.

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