Cultural Awareness and Implicit Bias

Professional Development
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentEnglish Language Learners


Culture shapes the ways that we think about and participate in education; in fact, this course starts with the premise that everything we do in the enterprise called “school” is cultural. Culture is shaped by our various identities (including but not limited to ethnicity, language, gender, religious affiliation, socioeconomic class) and it shapes how we see the world. We will conduct a thorough and self-reflective examination of culture and how unconscious bias shows up in our daily lives and will then engage in a collaborative, creative, and concrete exploration of ways to build culturally responsive anti-bias frameworks into: classroom instruction; classroom culture; family and community engagement; and educator leadership.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers; Grades K-12


18 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these PDPs will satisfy the ELL or Special Education-related requirement for recertification.

Date and Location

May 5, 12 and 19, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm at CES in Northampton

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $360 for member districts and $390 for non-member districts. All open-enrollment courses will now include a full lunch. Please note any dietary preferences when registering.

Registration Deadline: April 28


  • 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.

  • Albert Mussad

    Albert E. Mussad, Ph.D., serves as a Leadership and Instruction Continuous Improvement Specialist 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; secondary literacy education; and teaching students in poverty. Albert also facilitates curriculum development and strategic planning, evaluates educational programs, and provides instructional coaching.

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.