Celebrating 50 Years!

To mark our milestone anniversary, explore our special blog series, “Looking Back,” and discover how we’ve dedicated ourselves to supporting students and communities throughout the years.

Everyone is a Learner

We are a non-profit educational service agency, committed to reaching and educating learners of all ages, and experienced in working with educators to help students learn and succeed.

We know that everyone is a learner from the day they are born, and we know how to create classrooms and other environments in which every learner can flourish. We know how to reach, inspire, support and educate children, youth and adults, and we help others to do the same.

Professional Development

CES Professional Development helps districts, schools, and individuals improve educator and student performance with open enrollment events, tailored site-based learning, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), coaching, and consulting.

Consulting at CES

First, we listen. CES provides services that build school, district, and educator capacity to support the use of effective, research-based instructional practices to engage and motivate learners of all kinds. We also work with communities, community organizations, and others to provide expertise, evaluation, and advisory services.

Children, Youth, and Families

CES offers direct, cost-effective, quality services and programs for vulnerable children, youth and families. Birth – 22 Programs at CES include educational and learning programs provided directly to students and children that address gaps for students with unique needs. CES also provides resources, teaching, evaluation and assistance to parents and families.

Business Services

CES provides a variety of cost-effective business services to districts, schools, community organizations, municipalities, and businesses. Special member pricing is typically available for these services for clients in CES member districts.

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CES is always growing! The CES workforce includes an average of over 800 staff members across our programs. Take a look at our many openings across the state, in our most exciting program areas.


Explore our Expertise

CES consultants work with schools and districts, educators, and community organizations, as well as private industry. View our areas of focus and learn how our experience can benefit you.

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Learn How We Support Students

In western Massachusetts and statewide, CES manages programs and services that focus on the educational, social-emotional, and health needs of children and youth

What We Do

The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is a public nonprofit, educational service agency that offers direct and support services to its 37 member school districts and to various state and district-level clients across New England. The work of CES divides roughly into three areas: a range of direct services for children and youth particularly those at risk; professional development and training for educators and professionals; and consulting services including community health, research and evaluation, and business services for districts, schools, and community organizations.

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Students are at the heart of our work

Founded in 1974, we are a Massachusetts educational collaborative governed by representatives from our 37-member school districts in Hampshire and Franklin Counties. We work with children, youth, and adult learners; families; schools, districts, and educators; and community members in the Pioneer Valley and across Massachusetts to create and improve educational opportunities both in and out of the classroom and ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We are a community of innovative and effective professionals dedicated to improving education.

Our Mission

The mission of the Collaborative for Educational Services is to develop and foster lifelong learning and to provide opportunities for wellbeing for all of the communities we work with, through collaboration and leadership.

Our Vision

We envision a society with equitable communities, led by the people within them. We envision a learning system within and deeply connected to those communities, which centers the histories and cultural identities of Black, Indigenous, People of color, and other marginalized groups, and supports all children and young people to discover their gifts and move boldly towards their futures.

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Orange box with the following text: 5,644+ Educators participated in CES professional development.
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Social Justice and Equity is critical to our mission, reflected in our organization’s Values

A Culture of Community and Care: We will look out for and support each other, celebrate each other’s successes and grieve each other’s losses. We will live out an ethic of community care, learn from mistakes, and be challenged to do better. We will foster speech and discourse, formal and informal, that promotes equity, justice, and understanding.

Equity and Inclusion: We will work to eliminate racism and other injustice and oppression, and promote inclusion and equity at CES and in our community by identifying and dismantling all forms of social oppression. Our vision of social justice is intersectional and means working to transform all types of oppression, including racism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, adultism, ageism, transgender oppression, and religious oppression. 

Self-awareness and Growth: We will continually reflect on our own cultures and identities, and how they relate to or allocate power and privilege; and we will learn about and partner with others to challenge our own biases. We will make a personal commitment to growth toward equity, inclusion, and a community of care; and know that learning happens when we commit to being brave. 

Action and Transformation: We will take action, speak up, and propose solutions when we see oppression or discrimination; knowing that saying nothing means colluding with oppression. We strive to decolonize teaching practices, learning methods, and curricula through the accurate inclusion of the voices of people and cultures most impacted by white-supremacist narratives. We will be willing to make mistakes, and learn from both our mistakes and successes, in order to grow.


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CES has been a tremendous resource to our schools. The opportunities you offer for administrators and teachers to gather and share experiences, resources, etc., have been enormously helpful. The workshops have been outstanding.

— Professional Development Participant

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Upcoming Offerings

The Collaborative for Educational Services provides professional development, continuing education, coaching and technical assistance online, in hybrid form, and in person. Our open enrollment courses, workshops, and other learning can also be brought on site to schools, districts and organizations, and customized to meet your organization’s needs. To the right are just a few of our open enrollment, active upcoming offerings. Please click the button below to see more.

Jul 22 2024
Youth Mental Health – Blended Learning Virtual Version

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to

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Jul 22 2024
Cite-Seeing with AI: A Perplexity Adventure

Some of the loudest complaints we hear about AI in schools are: it doesn’t cite its sources & students can’t use it. Perplexity.ai solves both of those problems—for free. Hear how educators

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Jul 22 2024
New MA IEP: Generating Student Profiles from Evaluations and Team Input

The student profile section of the new IEP is very different from the previous version. Please join us for a session to talk about how to create a meaningful student profile that will assist

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Jul 22 2024
New MA IEP: Generating Student Profiles from Evaluations and Team Input

The student profile section of the new IEP is very different from the previous version. Please join us for a session to talk about how to create a meaningful student profile that will assist

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Recent Posts Our Blog

CES report outlines difficult truth about literacy issues

WINCHESTER - Last year, a report surfaced that alleged Winchester students struggled to read. In response, the district, through Superintendent Dr. Frank Hackett, reached out to the Collaborative for Educational Services, a Northampton-based non-profit, to pull back the curtain and do a deep dive into the district’s practices. Two members of ...

Workforce Development offers students opportunity and growth

The first School to Work program was offered by the Hampshire Educational Collaborative (HEC) in 1974, after being requested by area educators. This offering provided vocational instruction for high school students. Over the years, as local manufacturing disappeared, structured programs like the Hampshire County School-to-Career Partnerships ...

Setting the Stage for Future Educators

“A licensure program can set the stage for someone’s future as an educator, and we know that an excellent educator can change students’ lives for the better.” Dr. Cecelia Buckley, Former Director, CES Licensure Programs. A shortage of teachers in the early 2000s led to the start of the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES)  ...
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