Collaborative and Proactive Behavioral Strategies

When registering for any Summer Academy workshop, be sure to provide an email address and phone number where you can be reached during the summer.

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This workshop will explore the importance of choice and routines that support students with challenging behaviors. Participants will examine "expected" and "unexpected" behaviors using social behavior mapping, encourage emotional control using the "Zones of Regulation," and create social stories to address the needs of individual students. They will look at the "lagging skills" of the students they teach and focus on collaborative and proactive solutions.

After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Set up a supportive, well equipped and organized teaching space
  • Use Social Behavior Mapping to examine "Expected" and "Unexpected" behaviors and their consequences by using a chart and specific, participant generated examples
  • Use the "Zones of Regulation" to teach emotional regulation strategies through the use of a chart and participant generated examples
  • Create social stories and/or comic book conversations in a small group activity

​In addition, participants will:

  • Understand the relationship between "lagging skills" and behavior using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems
  • Understand the difference between dictated solutions, collaborative solutions, and ignoring behaviors through demonstration and discussion
  • Be familiar with the process of "Proactive and Collaborative Problem Solving through visual demonstrations, discussions and practice with partners

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Principals and Assistant Principals, Special Educators and Specialists; PreK - 12.


10 SPED-related PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this day of training, in addition to outside readings and 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.


  • Martha Harrington

    Martha Harrington is a veteran special education teacher and consultant retired from the Brookline Public Schools. Martha is a  frequent CES adjunct faculty member and instructor. She has a B.A. from Wheelock College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University.

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.