In the News

Read about the 28th Annual Literacy Recognition Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Literacy Assistance Center of New York. Honorees included Lester Lambert, BMCC Instructor, and Kate Brandt, Professional Development Coordinator for CUNY Adult Literacy Programs.

TESOL has released New Ways of Classroom Assessment, revised , edited by J. D. Brown, featuring a contribution by CUNY ESOL Professional Development Coordinator Hillary Gardner: “Choose One Activity Menus Using Multiple Intelligences.”

The Peter Jennings HSE Laurel Award Scholarship Ceremony

The Peter Jennings Laurel Award Scholarship Program provides scholarships to adults who have achieved their high school equivalency diplomas through the CUNY Adult Literacy Program so that they can continue their education at a CUNY college. Eleven men and women were honored at the June 2013 ceremony. Kayce Freed Jennings, president of the Peter Jennings Foundation, spoke of the determination and perseverance of each of the scholarship winners. Keynote speaker was Dr. John B. King, Jr., who was Commissioner of Education, NY State at the time and later went on to become the United States Secretary of Education. The ceremony was moderated by CUNY Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson. Taped June 19, 2013 at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Peer Mentoring

Through the CUNY Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI), the Young Men’s Initiative of New York City (YMI) and the CUNY Service Corps, the CUNY Adult Literacy Program has begun to implement peer mentoring at many of its campus sites. CUNY students in good academic standing serve as tutors and role models at various campus programs, helping HSE/high school equivalency students understand the demands of college and prepare academically. Peer mentoring has proven beneficial for program staff, HSE students, and the peer mentors themselves, who have all learned from each other. Through the presence of mentors, students begin to see themselves as “college material.” Mentors discover hidden strengths, and program staff gain new insight into the student experience. In the coming years, we will continue to grow the peer mentoring component of our programs, which will help us provide students with the supports they need to succeed in college and career pathways.

Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century

CALTA21 is a model initiative funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The intent of this initiative, led by Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), is to build the capacity of museum-community college partnerships, to empower adult immigrant English language learners (ELL) while strengthening their literacy and critical thinking skills through visual literacy and simultaneously assisting them in enriching their social and cultural capital. Learn more at

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