Literacy Forward aims to improve the quality of instruction happening in Central Texas programs and classrooms. We provide free training, instructional resources, and professional development to both new and existing volunteer instructors and to literacy program staff at Literacy Coalition member organizations.

If you are a Central Texas literacy service provider or professional who would like more information about Literacy Forward services, please contact us!

Instructor Training

The Literacy Coalition offers free training sessions for instructors and volunteers new to teaching English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education, or for those just looking for a refresher.

Training sessions are held on consecutive Saturdays throughout the year and are open to both staff and volunteers in Central Texas. Choose between English Forward for ESL instructors and Adult Basic Literacy Forward for ABE instructors. Register by contacting clicking the links below.

Training sessions are held at LifeWorks East: 835 N. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, 78702. Space is limited to 25.

What you should know before registering for a training:

Attendance is required for both days of the training. If you don't believe that you can attend both days, please do not register. We usually have a lengthy wait list for each training and we want to make sure that everyone who can attend both days is able to register. Each day of the training includes a one hour break for lunch, so be prepared to pack a lunch or drive to one of the nearby restaurants. 

Registration for each training will open after the previous training is complete. 


Registration for each training will become available after the previous training takes place:

Upcoming English Forward Training Dates in 2018

January 20 & 27

Additional 2018 training dates are being finalized and will be released soon.

Upcoming Adult Basic Literacy Forward Training Dates in 2018
TBD, Late summer/early fall 2018

If there are no registrations available, fill out the form below to be notified of future training sessions through the Literacy Break Newsletter!

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Professional Development

Throughout the year and in conjunction with our Texas Family Literacy AmeriCorps Program, Literacy Forward offers ongoing professional development opportunities, including workshops and informal Instructor Meet Ups.


  • Managing Multi-Level Classrooms
  • Student Persistence
  • Volunteer Management
  • Health Literacy

Keep an eye on your inbox for announcements about professional development opportunities!

Online Resources for Literacy Instructors

Please feel free to check out our Workforce Transitions Toolkit. We are always on the lookout for new information to help you and your students succeed in the classroom. If you find a resource you'd like us to add, pass it along!

All English Forward-trained instructors have access to a plethora of classroom resources, including the English Forward Curriculum, on the Literacy Forward Web Portal. Contact Justin DeBrosse if you need your account login information.