Dorcas Place, a private, non-profit
organization, was founded in 1981 to help parents develop the literacy,
numeracy, and life management skills necessary to live more independent,
self-sufficient lives. Today, Dorcas Place offers four major components:
literacy, work readiness, social services, and advocacy.
Teachers and students at Dorcas
Place have discovered that educational materials which develop reading
skills and provide practical guidance and know-how for everyday living
are not readily available for adults with limited reading skills.
In response to this, Dorcas Place has produced a series of publications
each written for adults with limited reading skills and designed to provide
practical information for dealing with situations faced in their daily
lives. These publications include: Landlord-Tenant Handbook, Your
Child's Education, The Dorcas Place Cookbook, A Road Guide to Understanding
Learning Disabilities and First Aid in the Home.
This summer at Dorcas Place, the
agency piloted a six-week content-based summer program. There were
three two-week units - history, arts & literature and science.
Two teachers, Louise Cherubini and Michelle Cortes-Harkins, developed the
science unit based on the topic of water. This website will explain,
illustrate and share our observations as we continuously assessed and reassessed
how our curriculum met the educational needs of our students.