Building Relational Culture for Social Justice in Schools

Professional Development


This 2-day experiential training is an opportunity to gain practical tools for building a transformative, relational culture in the school environment and to build community among colleagues. Relational practices foster empathic listening, mutual support and interdependence, essential ingredients for any community seeking to embody transformative social justice values. By creating a culture of belonging, these practices are a powerful strategy to address bullying, a key behavior that perpetuates social injustice and systems of oppression rampant in school culture and society at large. The workshop is designed to empower teachers with tools to shift school culture, training participants to facilitate simple, accessible relational practices among both students and colleagues. We are especially hoping to offer this training to teams that can continue what they learn in schools.

We recommend that schools send teams of 5 or more to this workshop.

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Teachers and CES Employees; Grades K - 12


12 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside assignments (as per ESE regulations).


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

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.