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, enabling us 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.

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

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 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!


CANCELLED Instruction and Classroom Management for Adults with No or Limited Educational Backgrounds (MALDEN, MA)
Friday, May 1 and May 15, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM

ONLINE – Training Teachers to Make the Most of Their Volunteers
Friday, May 15, 2020 (single session)
1:00 – 3:00 PM (Login details will be sent upon registration confirmation.)

ONLINE – Dyslexia and the Adult Learner
Friday, May 22 and May 29, 2020 
1:00 – 2:30 PM (Login details will be sent upon registration confirmation.)

Our 2019-2020 Workshop Calendar

Click here for the list of our current workshop offerings.

Find Workshop Materials.

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