2011 Literacy Champions

Iris Broudy

ABE/ESOL Specialist & Consultant, Western MA

“My students pick up English “in the street” but lack the opportunity to learn to read and write well. Low literacy affects successful reentry into society—the official reason why literacy education matters. But I also see the individual, not just the system. I see men who were called ‘stupid’ in school. They feel humiliation and inadequacy when they have to ask a friend to help them complete a simple form. My goal is to empower these students. I try to create a learning atmosphere where they can take risks, experience small successes, and begin to believe in themselves as learners.”

Current Projects: A Bilingual Glossary for Correctional Facilities