The Intersection of Race and Poverty on Student Achievement

Professional Development


In this workshop, participants will discuss the impact that race, poverty, and power have on understanding student achievement by applying a Critical Race Theory (CRT) approach.  Participants will learn about the history of racial oppression in the United States for setting context for understanding current educational realities regarding students of color and students in poverty, and disparities in education (i.e., impact of racial implicit bias on educators and schooling, disparities in special education placements, etc.).

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Early Educators, Paraprofessionals, Specialists and Teachers; K - 12.


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours


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


  • Darnell Thigpen Williams photo

    Darnell Thigpen Williams, Associate Director of Professional Development at the Collaborative for Educational Services for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) Education Contract, brings over 20 years of urban education experience in a variety of settings: classroom teacher, staff developer, curriculum specialist, program developer, and adjunct professor.

  • Sherry Smith

    Sherry L. Smith, M.Ed., is the Director of Special Education for CES. Smith previously worked for five years with individuals with severe disabilities. At CES, she has had the distinct pleasure of working with a wide range of students, and has held a variety of positions including paraprofessional, teacher, coordinator, and special education director. She currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology.

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.