English Learner Education

CES ELL consulting services meet the needs of educators and others working with English Learners, World and foreign language learners, and students who struggle to learn.

We work with public, public-charter, vocational, and private schools and organizations in urban and rural settings, both in Massachusetts and nationally, to support and respond to their needs.

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Our Approach

We use a whole-child, whole-school, and whole-community approach to create a better learning experience for both students and professionals.

In addition, schools experiencing dynamic shifts in their populations of English learners may have English learners from rich prior literacy and schooling experiences along with other English learners that have not had the same type of prior schooling or have had significant interruptions to their education. Still other learners may have experienced significant trauma and violence from civil war, natural disasters, and other life impacting experiences. Programs that effectively address the need to engage these students can increase student success and reduce the dropout rate for schools and districts.

Experience

Our expert consultants have many years of experience in the classroom evaluating ELLs as well as all types of learners and their instructional programming, and conducting teacher trainings and graduate courses.

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Customized Professional Development

We offer a range of tailored on-site or open-enrollment professional development, team and individualized coaching, and technical assistance related to English Learner program design, development and implementation, instructional strategies and curriculum assessment and design.

Curriculum Development and Delivery

We partner with educators, school and district teams to resolve problems of practice and support school leaders, teachers and other educators to strengthen learners’ academic and social-emotional wellbeing. In our work, we think about curriculum and instruction services and practices within the larger context of social justice, equity and trauma-engaged practice, and to support schools in responding to learners’ and families’ lived experience.

Student evaluation and performance

With a focus on analyzing student outcomes based on effective measures of student performance

SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) Center

CES is an approved provider of SEI endorsement courses for both teachers and administrators. Currently, courses are conducted online. We can bring site-based SEI Endorsement courses directly to your teachers! We have worked with districts of varying sizes throughout the state.

Title III Consortium

CES manages a regional consortium of 24 school districts, partnering to access Title III funding, to meet the educational needs of English Language Learners.

Program design that is aligned with state and national frameworks and regulations

Your school, particularly in rural and suburban areas, may have a small or low incidence of English learners and need help to address the regulations and the learning needs of this small population within a whole school/district context. We support developing and implementing strong policies and procedures based on scientifically-proven program models

Thank you for being such a compassionate and deeply knowledgeable teacher. The course and your approach to the art of teaching have given me so much to grow with.

— SEI Course Participant 

Albert Mussad

Albert serves as a staff consultant in leadership and instruction at the Collaborative for Educational Services. He travels nationally to facilitate professional development for school leaders, teachers and other licensed educators in instructional leadership; English learner education; world language and bilingual education; adolescent literacy education; and improving outcomes for students in poverty. Dr. Mussad is a seasoned K-12 teacher and curriculum leader who has worked with central office and school-based administrators to increase opportunity and  achievement for both vulnerable learners and high-achieving learners. He has facilitated professional development, provided individualized leadership and instructional coaching, and evaluated educational programs to provide actionable recommendations and implementation assistance.

Dr. Mussad led the training-of-trainers component of DESE’s Leading Educational Access Project (LEAP) to improve outcomes for students in poverty. Albert presented on teaching students in poverty at the 2019 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership, and he facilitated an intensive institute on this topic as part of the 2019 Anchorage, Alaska School District Summer Academy. Dr. Mussad also facilitates curriculum development and strategic planning, and evaluates educational programs. He has taught K-12 English learners and high school Spanish. Albert served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and also in the role of elementary school principal. He is currently supporting the Chelsea Public Schools with professional development, technical assistance and coaching for leaders, teachers and instructional coaches in the district’s three middle schools to improve student outcomes.

Position: Leadership and Continuous Improvement Consultant

Email: amussad@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5945

Audrey Morse

Audrey Morse is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at the Collaborative for Educational Services, taught the 2018 and 2019 MA DESE Institute course Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty in partnership with Lesley University. She has worked extensively with youth and families living with economic disadvantage in her decades long career in ESL, literacy, speech-language pathology, and human services. Audrey brings a deep understanding of the challenges students and families face, extensive knowledge of evidence-based approaches, and her passion for improving the social, emotional and academic outcomes of students in underserved populations.

Position: Curriculum and Instruction Specialist

Email: amorse@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5944

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