2003-2004 Literacy Champions

Susan Klaw

Director of The Family School, Boston, MA

Susan Klaw is the Director of Family Literacy for Boston Excels, a comprehensive collaboration between the Home for Little Wanderers and the Boston Public Schools. She directs Family Schools in two Boston public elementary schools in which immigrant parents study ESOL in the schools their children attend. Susan continually designs curriculum which serves the dual purpose of teaching ESOL and teaching parents about education. As parents learn English, they are simultaneously learning how to read with their children, help with homework, talk to teachers, and process information on important benchmarks such as MCAS. Susan also directs a Family Math Program in which parents become Math Ambassadors and help design monthly Family Math Challenge problems for parents and their children to complete at home. Her specialty is embedding a family approach within elementary school communities.