The Opportunity School model allowed women to help women.
The Opportunity School model included women's clubs in the home whereby the "teacher becomes the leader or director of a group rather than a teacher" as they learned in groups to read and write, or to weave, for example.
For Elsie and her colleagues, it was a bona fide career made possible by the Opportunity School model.
(40) Though all of the early correspondence discusses the Opportunity School method, the final reference to this term seems to have been by Burke in "Adult Education in Newfoundland" (1937).
(90) See Burke, "Adult Education in Newfoundland" (1937), for an extended description of the Opportunity School methods.
Elsie Farwell was no stranger to hard work and teaching when she was hired by the Newfoundland Adult Education Association to direct the other six field staff and to begin an innovative adult education program of Opportunity Schools. One of her first tasks was to attend a summer school at Clemson College, in South Carolina, directed by Miss Wil Lou Gray.
(52) These distinctions indicate the regard in which she and the position of Field Secretary of the first Opportunity Schools were held.
Adult education work and the Opportunity Schools were not just a job--or an interlude --for Elsie and her peers; they provided a career with opportunity for advancement and for further education.