Training of Trainers: Teaching Students in Poverty

Please note: this training is for teams of at least 2 people from one school or one district.

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.

Dates and Locations

Face-to-face sessions:

  • April 7 - 10, 2020, 9:00am - 3:30pm at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computer Center in Holyoke

Small group Zoom sessions:

  • April 27 - 30, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • May 28, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • June 4, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • June 11, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • June 18, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Final Cohort Convening:

  • November 6, 2020, 9:00am - 2:15pm at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computer Center in Holyoke

Independent Study

Course attendees are also responsible for 6 total hours of independent study during the below periods of time:

  • April 13 - 24, 2020 (4 hours)
  • May 4- June 12, 2020 (1.5 hours)
  • August 31 - November 3, 2020 (1.5 hours)

Registration Deadline: March 17 

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $600 per person for member districts and $720 per person for non-member districts. This covers: tuition (face-to-face instruction, virtual sessions); key resources (click to see a detailed list); final cohort convening; and lunch as noted in the course schedule. Please note any dietary preferences when registering.

Teams of at least 2 people from one school or one district are required for this course. Because school or district-level implementation is supported by teams of educators, we are not able to accommodate individuals.

To complete your registration, participants must have a signed statement from two administrators that they will (1.) support the applicant to complete all Training of Trainers activities as outlined in the course schedule; (2.) create conditions that will enable the applicant to facilitate two 40-minute professional learning workshops for colleagues in their school or district; and (3.) welcome the applicant to support their school’s or district’s innovation related to teaching students in poverty. Download the form here, and email completed forms to



  • 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.

  • Audrey Morse is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at the Collaborative for Educational Services. She has an extensive background in speech and language pathology, early language and literacy development, and ESL, in both education and clinical settings.She earned her M.S. from Purdue University, and her B.S. from Boston 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.