Training of Trainers: Teaching Students in Poverty

Due to concerns about COVID-19, this training is cancelled.

Professional Development
Graduate Credits: 


Chronic poverty subjects students and their families to adverse effects. Young people living in long-term poverty demonstrate challenges and difficulties related to thinking skills, language and literacy development, social-emotional development, and behavioral wellness. The good news is that timely, sustained and evidence-based intervention can rewrite these adverse effects and restore opportunity for optimal outcomes. Districts and schools wanting to build internal capacity to improve student outcomes and close opportunity gaps at the classroom, grade, school and district levels can leverage the content and strategies in this training of trainers for students in poverty and other groups of learners experiencing persistent opportunity gaps.

This course equips experienced educators to design and facilitate professional learning experiences related to the content addressed in this course. This training of trainers adopts equity and the goal of equity with excellence as a framework for understanding poverty and improving outcomes for students living in poverty. This course situates poverty as a form of trauma and explores key concepts related to trauma.

Our work is organized in modules and surveys key concepts, practices and strategies, and resources in the following topics:

  • Module 1: Introduction; building consciousness; equity; trauma; brain-compatible learning
  • Module 2: Culturally responsive practices; social-emotional learning
  • Module 3: Instructional practices
  • Module 4: Engaging diverse families and communities

Click here to see a detailed course overview and requirements. 

Audience and Grade Level

Registrants must currently practice in a public school district, charter school, or private school in one of the following roles: Teacher, Coordinator/Supervisor/Administrator of a content area/department/school/district, Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant


36 PDPs or 2 graduate credits will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations). Please see the detailed course overview and requirements for assignment information. Note that these PDPs will satisfy the ELL or Special Education-related requirements for recertification. 

Graduate credit is available at an additional cost of $295. Graduate credit registration and payment occurs at the first face-to-face meeting, and payment can be made by credit card or check at that time.


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


  • 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 is a seasoned K-12 teacher and curriculum leader who has worked with central office and school-based administrators to increase opportunity and  achievement for both vulnerable learners and high-achieving learners. He has facilitated professional development, provided individualized leadership and instructional coaching, and evaluated educational programs to provide actionable recommendations and implementation assistance.

  • Audrey Morse photo

    Audrey Morse is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at the Collaborative for Educational Services, taught the 2018 and 2019 MA DESE Institute course Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty in partnership with Lesley University.

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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. 

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