Darnell Benoit

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project
Executive Director

Key Topics: English Language Learners, immigrant education in NYC public schools, newcomer immigrant students, high school immigrant students, immigrant girls in the public schools, students with interrupted formal education (SIFE), immigrant programs in the public schools, immigration for youth and families in the public schools, immigrant education reform, special school programs for immigrant students, high school choice, high school enrollment, college access for immigrant students

Bio: Darnell Benoit is the Executive Director of Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project (Flanbwayan) Darnell Benoit was an adult ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher for over 15 years. In her classes, she noticed many young adults completed years of high school without graduating or being English proficient. She recognized the cause was poor English Language Learner (ELL) student support in the public schools and inadequate placement in high schools without supportive programs for immigrant students. As a teacher and an immigrant herself, she felt obliged to find a solution.  In 2005 she founded Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project to advocate for immigrant education reform and to improve educational outcomes for newcomer immigrant students citywide.

Selected Speaking Experience

Immigrant Kids in School: Challenges, Progress and Potential- Philanthropy New York, April 2018

City Legislative Breakfast- Immigrant Education Panel, New York City, February 2018