Adult Literacy Resource Institute
The Adult Literacy Resource Institute (ALRI) serves as the Greater Boston Regional Support Center for SABES (the state’s System for Adult Basic Education Support) and is primarily funded through grants from the Massachusetts Department of Education and the City of Boston Office of Jobs and Community Services. The ALRI was founded in 1983 as a resource center for adult basic education (ABE) programs in the City of Boston’s newly-organized Adult Literacy Initiative. After being located for many years off campus, the ALRI moved to the UMass Boston campus in August 2004 and can now be found in Wheatley Hall, on the fourth floor, in room 167.
The ALRI provides a variety of staff and program development services to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), basic literacy, GED preparation, and other ABE programs in the Boston area, especially the approximately 40 programs in the region funded by the state Department of Education, most of which are located at community-based organizations. These services include:
- numerous staff and program development activities, including mini-courses, workshops, and sharing groups, intended for teachers, counselors, and program administrators on a wide range of topics, such as teaching approaches and materials, curriculum development, assessment, counseling, program administration, and the use of technology
- a large library of instructional, curriculum, and other resource materials
- technical assistance to program staff and other individuals
- a variety of publications, including monthly announcements
- over time, a variety of special projects aimed at, for example, supporting distance learning approaches at ABE programs, promoting home-buying readiness in students, publishing a magazine of student writing, and supporting the adult learner organization, MassAAL (the Massachusetts Alliance for Adult Literacy)