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HEC Academy in Northampton Celebrates Graduates of 2024

On Friday morning, June 7th, student graduates of HEC Academy gathered with family, friends, and teachers to celebrate their graduation from high school. The commencement ceremony was held at Union Station in Northampton, and featured comments from Pedro Gomes, Assistant Director Special Education; Todd H. Gazda, Executive Director at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES); and Cathy Englehardt, Chair of the CES Board of Directors. The keynote speaker was Becky Brisbois, Village Closet Coordinator.  This year’s graduates included Aidan Gaughan, Emily Klement, and Zoe Sise....

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Supporting Access to Educational Technology 

In 1987, schools and districts were not commonly thinking about educational technology as a means to level the playing field for student opportunity. But CES (then named HEC) Executive Director Earl Batchelder was already testifying about it at the state hearings...

Student-Centered Programs Help Kids Feel Connected

“I love creating a community in the building and the students are part of that. The After School Program helps our kids to feel connected and that they have a voice.” – Lesley Wilson, JFK Middle School Principal, 2007 The first CES After School/21st Century...

Emerging America shares stories of advocacy

“On behalf of CES, the Emerging America program works nationally in conversation with the Library of Congress and many other partners to support the full inclusion of students with disabilities in history and civics education. That includes development and sharing...

DYS Education Partners With Berklee Online

Through a new initiative that has been years in the making, Berklee College of Music is offering music scholarships to students like Mekhi, a student at a program operated by the Department of Youth Services, the Massachusetts juvenile justice agency. He recently...

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