Professional Development for Educators




First Literacy supports Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Massachusetts with free professional development workshops for educators, program administrators, and counselors of adult literacy programs across the state.

The goal of these workshops is to be a resource of free quality training on evidence-based best practice techniques and materials for adult literacy professionals of Massachusetts non-profit ABE and ESOL programs. Our professional development offerings are based on participant input so we are uniquely positioned to respond to the needs of adult basic education programs as they arise.

What makes First Literacy’s professional development unique?

Topics are not limited to public funding mandates or temporary trends.

All workshop participants have the opportunity to provide input on workshop content upon registration.

Each workshop offers the opportunity for professional networking and facilitation of follow-up discussion.

Register for Workshops

Watch this box for workshop registration links in orange that will be activated about one month before each event. PLEASE NOTE: WE FOLLOW BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL POLICY FOR SNOW DAYS.

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

Most workshops consist of two three-hour sessions and are facilitated by First Literacy and local ABE/ESOL professionals.

If you are interested in a workshop that is marked WORKSHOP FULL, please contact Paula Dincer at pdincer@firstliteracy.org to be placed on a wait list. We carefully manage waiting lists for popular workshops. If you have registered for a workshop and find you cannot attend, PLEASE do let us know so we can offer your space to another teacher. Thank you!

CURRENTLY SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS ARE…

Instruction and Classroom Management for Adults with No or Limited Educational Backgrounds
Friday, February 14 and March 20, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Differentiated Instruction for HiSET (HOLYOKE, MA)
Friday, February 28 and March 27, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Strengthening Student Persistence and Resilience (QUINCY, MA)
Wednesday, March 11 and March 25, 2020
Time TBA

Training Teachers to Make the Most of Their Volunteers
Monday, April 13, 2020 (single session)
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Instruction and Classroom Management for Adults with No or Limited Educational Backgrounds (MALDEN, MA)
Friday, May 1 and May 22, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM

We carefully manage waiting lists for popular workshops. If you have registered for a workshop and find you cannot attend, please let us know — we try to be careful stewards of our resources. PLEASE NOTE that if you miss three workshops without notifying us, you might jeopardize your future attendance. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Our 2019-2020 Workshop Calendar

Click here for the list of our upcoming workshop offerings to date.

Find Workshop Materials.

Click here to access resources from past workshops.

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