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, coordinators, and counselors across the state.

The goal of these workshops is to be a resource of free quality training on approaches and materials that adult literacy professionals may implement immediately to strengthen their teaching and the services of the non-profit ABE and ESOL programs where they teach. We plan our professional development offerings based on participant survey data so we are uniquely positioned to respond to the needs of adult basic education programs as they arise.

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!


Doing More with Google
Friday, January 10 and February 7, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Strategies for Tutoring Adult Learners
Friday, January 24, 2020 (single session)
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Low Level Literacy ESOL
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
Time TBA

Training Teachers to Make the Most of Their Volunteers
Monday, April 13, 2020 (single session)
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 do let us know — we understand that things come up. 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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