Professional Development for Educators




Free professional development workshops for Adult Basic Education teachers, program administrators, and counselors of adult literacy programs across Massachusetts.

First Literacy workshops provide free quality training on evidence-based, best-practice techniques and materials for adult literacy professionals.

What makes First Literacy’s professional development unique?

Our workshop content is open to participant input at registration, so we can respond to the needs of adult basic education programs as they arise.

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

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

Register for Workshops

If you are interested in a workshop that is marked WORKSHOP FULL, please contTact Paula Dincer at pdincer@firstliteracy.org to be placed on a wait list.

To register for workshops look for activated registration links in orange.

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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