Professional Development for Educators

First Literacy supports Adult Basic Education(ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Massachusetts by planning, hosting and facilitating free professional development workshops for educators, program administrators, coordinators, and counselors across the state.

We plan our professional development offerings based on formal survey data and are uniquely positioned to quickly respond to the interests and needs of adult basic education programs as they arise.

The goal of these workshops is to strengthen ABE and ESOL programs by providing approaches and resources that participants may implement immediately and share with their colleagues. Most workshops consist of two three-hour sessions and are facilitated by First Literacy and local ABE/ESOL professionals.

In the 2017 – 2018 school year:

  • 27 workshops covering 14 topics were held throughout the academic year, including one at the Massachusetts Coalition of Adult Educators’ Network
  • 88 programs from throughout the region were represented, including 27 NEW programs
  • 269 educators attended a workshop
  • 110 educators were first-time attendees
  • 47 different towns and cities, including 7 NEW towns, were represented by educators
  • More than 7,500 adult students were impacted by teachers’ participation

Register for Workshops

The first Fall 2018 workshop registration links will be posted here at the end of the summer — watch this space!

Workshop registrations will open about one month before each event with an orange link to register and learn more.   PLEASE NOTE: WE FOLLOW BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL POLICY FOR SNOW DAYS.

If you are interested in a workshop that is marked WORKSHOP FULL, please contact to be placed on a waitlist.

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held at First Literacy, 160 Boylston Street, second floor, across from Boston Common.

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Our 2018-2019 Workshop Calendar

To review our upcoming offerings and plan your schedule go to: 2018-2019 First Literacy Professional Development Workshop Calendar

Find Workshop Materials

Click here to access resources from past workshops.

Ask a Question

For more information, please contact Director of Programs, Lenore Balliro, at or at 617.482.3336 x13.