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Learning English in the Context of Health

The Carlos Rosario School health pathway program was created four years ago to address the growing need for career pathways in adult ESL education. The health pathway is based on the highly successful I-BEST model developed in Washington state, which pairs a language instructor with a technical skills instructor in the same classroom. These types… Read more »


A Shakespeare Primer: To Be Or Not To Be

This is just one soliloquy question Carlos Rosario School GED students learned about through a unique partnership between the School and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Earlier this semester 17 students participated in an in-class workshop that introduced Shakespeare and his play The Tempest. To better understand key plot elements, students reenacted the play led by… Read more »


Meet John Castillo

At age 17, John Castillo uprooted his life in El Salvador to follow his dream of obtaining higher education. “I had a dream to come to the U.S. to study in college in another language and to learn in a new culture,” he said. His family was already established in Washington, DC, and so in… Read more »

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Meet Patricia Rafagnin

Patricia first came to the U.S. from Brazil eight years ago with her husband. For the first six years in the country, she mostly stayed home with her two children. She had to rely on her husband to translate for her at her children’s medical appointments and at the grocery store. Then one day Patricia’s… Read more »


An Inspirational Visit from Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited the Carlos Rosario School and spent time with students and school community members on Wednesday, November 19th. The auditorium was filled with more than 300 adult immigrant learners representing countries across the globe, students who are fighting daily to achieve their own educational dreams and to make better lives for themselves…. Read more »


The Sonia Gutierrez Campus hosts its first cultural festival

The Sonia Gutierrez Campus’ main hall was transformed this past October to celebrate the Carlos Rosario School’s Hispanic Heritage Festival. Students, staff and community members showed their pride by performing music, poetry and dance, while culinary arts trainees prepared a Colombian inspired feast. It was the first cultural celebration at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus since… Read more »


Carlos Rosario School delegation travels to El Salvador

This summer a delegation of five Carlos Rosario School teachers traveled to El Salvador on a ten-day, multi-town educational trip. The aim of the trip was to better understand the context and culture of one of the largest populations of Carlos Rosario School students: Salvadorans. For the 2013-14 school year 38% of Carlos Rosario School… Read more »

America at graduation

Meet Zoila America Guardado

Zoila America Guardado came to the U.S. from her native El Salvador in early 2004. She moved here on her own and spoke very little English when she first arrived. She said, “You feel scared in a new culture especially when you don’t understand the language.” Soon after settling in, America got involved in an… Read more »


Celebrating DC Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

The fishbowl meeting room on the first floor of the Wilson Building was packed, standing room only and crowds spilling out into hallways on both sides. In celebration of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 22-27, a coalition of more than 200 adult education providers and learners came together for a panel discussion and… Read more »


Meet Lilo Gonzalez

Lilo Gonzalez is a musician and songwriter based in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Washington, DC. He came to the US from El Salvador in the 1980s as a refugee of the civil war. Looking to improve his son’s quality of life, he started working as soon as he arrived. “I got here on a… Read more »