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.

Due to COVID-19, workshops will be cancelled, postponed or delivered online according to presenter preference. Changes will be noted in the red box on this page. Please also watch your email for updates. Thank you.

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. Our workshop content is open to participant input, so we can 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.

Most workshops consist of two sessions with intra-session results feedback facilitated by ABE/ESOL professionals.

Upon registration, all workshop participants are invited to provide input on workshop content.

Each workshop offers the opportunity for professional networking and 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.

If you are interested in a workshop that is marked WORKSHOP FULL, please contact Paula Dincer at to be placed on a wait list. If you have registered for a workshop and find you cannot attend, PLEASE let us know so we can offer your space to another teacher. Thank you!

Workshop titles and registration links for next year will be listed below as soon as they are confirmed. Watch for updates!

2020 – 2021 Workshop Calendar

Watch this space for the list of next year’s workshop offerings.

Find Workshop Materials.

Click here to access resources from past workshops.

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