I Came Here to Learn | The Achievements and Experiences of Massachusetts Students Whose First Language is Not English

The popular discourse around young people learning English in America has often been one of deficits and academic difficulty. The Center for Promise research team found a different story. From analyzing student-level data and interviewing young people throughout Massachusetts, the researchers heard stories of strength, motivation, and a search for a better future. This research is part of the GradNation State Activation Initiative.

FLNE Boston University Event
Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Boston University | Metcalf Trustee Center
Boston, MA

FLNE Boston University Event

Join us on Thursday, May 11th as we engage in a discussion about young people in Massachusetts whose first language is not English, the motivation and resilience they possess, and the relationships and other factors that support or hinder their academic persistence. 

The symposium will feature a brief research presentation and moderated panel discussion with practitioners and young people from across the state to discuss actions that policymakers and practitioners can take to better support FLNE youth.

Watch the panel discussion:

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Hardin Coleman, Dean, Boston University School of Education
  • Evanggelia Diamantopoulos, ELL Coach, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Framingham Public Schools
  • Nyal Fuentes, College and Career Readiness Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)
  • John Gomperts, President and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Ivan H., Student, Boston International Newcomers Academy
  • Mary Jo Marión, Executive Director, Latino Education Institute, Worcester State University
  • Laurie Silva, Director of Community Schools, Brockton Public Schools
  • Stacy Skelly, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pearson

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Zaff, Executive Director, Center for Promise. Additional speakers bringing school and district level perspectives will be confirmed in the coming weeks. 

Breakfast will be served.



Please contact the Center for Promise with any questions