Improving Outcomes for Students Living in Poverty and Trauma

Professional Development


This workshop will introduce participants to key concepts related to working with students living in poverty. The course will address the impact of poverty on different student populations. Participants will explore concepts, practices and strategies related to inclusive practice, social-emotional learning, school and classroom culture, and family engagement.


Administrators, Teachers, Counselors and Social Workers, and Paraprofessionals, Grades preK - 12


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

Date and Location

  • March 2, 9 and 16, 2020, 9:00am - 3:00pm at CES in Northampton (Register by Feb 24)
  • March 10, 17, 24, and 31 2020, 4:00pm - 7:30pm at CES in Northampton (Register by March 3)

Cost and Registration

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


  • 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; adolescent literacy education; and improving outcomes for students in poverty. Dr. Mussad also facilitates curriculum development and strategic planning, and evaluates educational programs.

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.