Leadership Development

With extensive knowledge of best practices and current research, our experienced, highly qualified professionals serve as a valuable resource for organizations developing district and school leaders, teacher leaders, and mentoring programs.

CES partners with our schools and school districts to support their efforts to build role clarity, internal agreement, and a strong school-community vision.

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Our Approach

Strong school and district leadership makes optimal use of communication and collaboration for mutual trust and accountability. Strategic decisions focus resources to accelerate student progress and teacher development. 


We offer

  • A working knowledge of the role of leadership in change management
  • A knowledge bank of programmatic and instructional implications of growth model and other student achievement data
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A school dashboard

Establishing role clarity and shared responsibility for achieving measurable goal; clear accountability and problem-solving structures

Student and Community Engagement Strategies

Assuring school, student, and community voice in school growth

Help for Building a Collaborative Culture

A culture defined by norms of common planning time focused on students’ and teachers’ work, and accessible, skilled leadership

Administrator Development

Administrator searches, licensure, and capacity development

Mentoring Programs and Strategies

School Climate Audits, surveys, focus groups, interviews 

The essential challenge for school leaders is to bring out the greatness in others. But who can assist the leader to realize his or her greatness? I want our principals to keep learning and growing. I want them to feel challenged and supported to develop their own greatness. 

I have found principals who are receptive to a mentoring relationship with someone outside of the district to be seekers of personal excellence and have seen those who have participated in the mentoring provided by CES develop a clearer vision of their potential as leaders.

School District Superintendent 

Albert Johnson-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. Johnson-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. Johnson-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. Johnson-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 Instruction Continuous Improvement Specialist

Email: ajohnsonmussad@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5945

Angela Burke, M.Ed.

Angela Burke, M.Ed, oversees CES Professional Services teams that include Professional Development, Licensure, Research and Evaluation, and Healthy Families and Communities. Burke has over 20 years of experience in managing technology across K-12, Higher Education and Fortune 100 settings. She has extensive experience in K-12 curriculum and professional development planning.  She has been the Director of Technology for school districts in Ohio and Massachusetts, Associate Director of Academic Computing at Barnard College and Help Desk & Acquisition Services Manager for Johnson Controls and a middle school classroom teacher/team leader.

Angela has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Curriculum, is a Google Certified Educator and has been an adjunct faculty member in the Schools of Education at Miami University of Ohio, University of Dayton, Wright State University and Westfield State University.

Position: Director of Professional Services

Email: aburke@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5926

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