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

Workshops for Fall 2021 are listed below — all will be remote via Zoom. When registration is open titles will be active links in orange — click, learn more and register!


Identifying and Teaching Students with Special Needs (Part 1 and 2)
Presenter: Kelly Folsom
Wednesday, November 3 and Friday, November 19, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM

First Literacy Lab 2021 Spotlight on Innovation in Adult Basic Education
Presenters: Grant Recipient Programs
Friday, November 5, 2021
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Teaching and Learning: Key Ideas for New Teachers (Part 1. 2 and 3)
Presenter: Allison Reid
Wednesday, November 10,
Friday, November 12 and
Friday, December 10, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM

The Struggle is Real: Self Care and Balance for Educators (Part 1 and 2)
Presenter: Allison Reid
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM


Trauma and Learning (Part 1 and 2)
Presenter: Allison Hrovat
Friday, December 3 and 17, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM

How to Use Ed Puzzle
Presenter: Andrew Shapira
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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