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Developing Individualized Education for Special Needs

Special Education Professional Development/Consulting

The Collaborative for Educational Services has been providing leadership in Special Education since 1974, designing student programs and supports for learners with diverse and highly individualized needs. We have developed school and community based programs for youth leaving institutional settings, initiated the first integrated early childhood programs, and created successful Alternative Learning Programs based on an educational/clinical model.

With extensive knowledge of best practices and current research, our staff of experienced, highly qualified professionals serve as a valuable resource for schools and educators. Through customized consultation services that draw on this knowledge, we can assist districts with professional development, best practices, coaching and technical assistance for developing solutions to effectively implement and sustain programs that comply with regulations and meet diverse learning needs.

Customized technical assistance can include:

  • Developing and evaluating new programs
  • Training and coaching district specialists, special education and general education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals
  • Providing compliance guidance
  • Support for frameworks application, inclusion, and transitioning
  • Approaches to behavior management
  • Co-teaching in an inclusive classroom
  • Student assessment and evaluations, including assistive technology and therapy services
  • Curriculum assessment and design
  • Transition assessments

CES also offers a range of open enrollment professional development designed for educators seeking to enhance instructional skills and obtain special education PDPs for recertification. You can view the current list of upcoming professional development events at the right.

Inclusion and Equity Ambassador Network

The goal of this statewide program is to design and deliver to principals a comprehensive dissemination of ESE user-friendly resources to help District leaders with inclusive practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, English language learners, students affected by poverty and minority students. Further, follow up consultative and technical assistance will be provided to principals where they have a need.

Special Education Team Leader Institute

The Special Education Team Leader Institute (SETLI), in partnership with and funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)’s Office of Special Education Policy and Planning, is designed to equip special educational team leaders with tools to foster family and community engagement and improve student outcomes by facilitating team meetings that are collaborative and compliant with regulations and best practices in the field.

Massachusetts Licensure Academy

The Massachusetts Licensure Academy (MLA), a program funded by ESE and offered through the Collaborative for Educational Services, will offer two no-cost courses per semester in hybrid format (mix of online and face-to-face). The goal is to support completing the requirements for licensure for Massachusetts educators working on a waiver or those seeking an additional license. 

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
Interim Director of Professional Development
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5926
Email: 
aburke@collaborative.org