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.

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.

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 Fall 2020 are listed below. All workshops and information sessions will be via Zoom.

Setting Up Google G Suites for Education in Public ABE
Part 1: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Part 2: Friday, October 30, 2020
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

First Literacy Lab 2020 Grant Presentations: Learn How to Implement Innovative Practices.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College
Friday, October 23, 2020 (via Zoom)
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Immigration, Know Your Rights 2020! – What’s New or What’s Changed?
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (single session)
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

No ADULT Left Behind:
Student-Focused Instruction Strategies and Considerations for Working with Adult Learners with Disabilities
Part 1: Friday, November 6, 2020 
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Part 2: Friday, November 13, 2020
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

ABE Volunteer Training: Making the Most of Your Volunteers
Part 1: Friday, November 20, 2020 
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Part 2: Friday, December 4, 2020
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

2020 – 2021 Workshop Calendar

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