Annual Educational Team Leaders Seminar

Professional Development
Offered by: 
Professional Development
Special Education


This is the first annual ETL (Educational Team Leaders) Seminar offered for people from Massachusetts who chair IEP team meetings. Each year, we will select topics of interest to support IEP Team Leaders to strengthen collaborative and compliant practice. The event is designed to provide professional development and face-to-face opportunities for maintaining the state-wide professional community of Educational Team Leaders.

This year, our experts will present on assistive technology and AAC, and on special education assessment.

The annual ETL Seminar has been scheduled for the day before the CES Annual Legal Issues seminar,, and ETLs are invited and welcome to register for this popular offering covering important and emerging special education legal issues, led by Attorney Regina Tate. If you are interested in signing up for both events, please register for each event separately. 

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Education Team Leaders, and Special Education Directors/Coordinators, Grades K - 12


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Laurel Peltier photo

    Laurel Peltier holds an Ed.D. in Special Education Leadership and C.A.G.S. in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as a professional license as a Special Education Administrator in Massachusetts.

  • Sharon Jones photo

    Sharon Jones has spent 34 years working in public school districts. She has worked as both a special education and general education teacher; assistant principal; educational diagnostician/consultant; inclusion specialist; and, most recently, in the role of Administrator of Special Education. Sharon also teaches courses on inclusion for the University of Massachusetts.

  • Sherry Smith

    Sherry L. Smith, M.Ed., is the Director of Special Education for CES. Smith previously worked for five years with individuals with severe disabilities. At CES, she has had the distinct pleasure of working with a wide range of students, and has held a variety of positions including paraprofessional, teacher, coordinator, and special education director. She currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology.

  • Erin MacEachen-Travis

    Erin MacEachen-Travis, M.Ed. is a Learning Disabilities/Literacy/Assistive Technology Specialist at CES, and has been an educator here since 1998. She provides individualized, direct, explicit, systematic, sequential, multisensory instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, syllabication, morphology, and spelling to students with dyslexia; develops and implements curriculum in language arts and mathematics; and utilizes a wide range of standardized assessments to screen and test students for learning disabilities. She holds a Masters of Special Education and a professional level license in Special Education, is a Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) Certified Dyslexia Practitioner, and holds IDA/IMSLEC International Certification, Advanced Level, in the Orton Gillingham Method. Erin also trains teachers to evaluate students with various assessment techniques and to interpret assessment results; and to apply remediation strategies for specific learning disabilities.

  • Jeanne Tuthill has worked in a variety of settings as a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1998 and joined the Center as an assistive technology specialist in 2008. She has presented on a variety of AT topics at both local and national conferences, and served as an instructor for a number of DESE statewide Assistive Technology courses.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.