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.

First Literacy workshops provide 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.

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

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

Register for Workshops

When a workshop registration is open the workshop title will be an activated registration link in orange.

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!

Currently scheduled workshops for Winter/Spring 2021 are listed below. All workshops and information sessions will be via Zoom.

Engaging and Effective Tools for Online Assessment
Part 1: Friday, January 22, 2021
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM (please note longer time)
Part 2: Friday, January 29, 2021
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Introduction to Morphology: Word Study for Vocabulary Development
Friday, February 5, 2021 (single session)
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM 

Integrating Workforce Development into Your ESOL Curriculum
Part 1: Friday, February 12, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM 
Part 2: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Student Persistence in a COVID-19 World: Resilience and Grit Tempered with Grace
Part 1: Friday, February 19, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM 
Part 2: Friday, March 5, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Relevant, Remote-Friendly Tools to Teach Reading and Writing
Part 1: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM 
Part 2: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Surprising Truths about Language Teaching and Learning
Part 1: Friday, April 23, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM (EST)
Part 2: April 30, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM (EST)

2020 – 2021 Workshop Calendar

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