Becoming a Courageous Facilitator

Critical Dialogues in Schools and Classrooms

Professional Development


This semester-long training focuses on developing the necessary facilitation techniques and tools for holding brave conversations and dialogue in our classrooms where students learn to exchange ideas, listen respectfully to different viewpoints, and give and receive constructive feedback in a supportive way.

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Teachers, Community Members; Grades 6-12


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations).

Date and Location

This workshop is fully online and consists of six 3-hour sessions:

  • September 9, 2020, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • September 23, 2020, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • October 14, 2020, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • October 28, 2020; 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • November 4, 2020, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • November 18, 2020, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $365 for member districts and $395 for non-member districts. 

Registration Deadline: August 26


  • Safire DeJong

    Keri “Safire” DeJong, Ed.D. works in the Professional Development department at the Collaborative for Education Services (CES). Safire leads social justice focused consulting and professional development for PK-12 schools with an array of talented and experienced co-facilitators and consultants.

  • Photo of Romina Pacheco

    Romina was born and raised in Maracay, Venezuela. Her early work as an educator focused on teaching English as a Foreign Language, and Spanish as a Second Language. Romina’s career as an educator shifted when she migrated to the United States in her mid-20s where most of her work has concentrated in teaching Social Justice Education and Critical Multicultural Education in institutions of higher education. Romina has a M.Ed in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University where she studied Curriculum and Instruction and Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

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. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.