Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference

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K-12 students interested in attending the conference should register using the link listed under "Cost and Registration" on this page.

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The Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference is a regional conference that brings together people in Western Massachusetts who are interested in social justice and equity in K-12 schools, early childhood classrooms, and the surrounding communities. Participants and speakers will co-create a space for young people, educators, activists, administrators, and scholars to connect and network, share and learn, dream and envision possibilities for developing education as a tool for equity and social justice. In this space, participants will have the opportunity to examine the specific regional challenges that young people are facing in our education system which are a central to their lives and to the vitality of our communities.

Conference Tracks

Early Childhood; Elementary; Secondary; Youth-led Track 

Conference Features

  • 1.5 hour workshops focused on regional topics and initiatives related to social justice and equity in education
  • Opportunities for powerful networking and connections with local educators and administrators as you share curriculum, lunch and facilitated conversation  
  • Youth-led sessions that provide opportunities to learn from young people and support the development of student leadership.


We encourage K-12 schools to send groups which include young people, classroom teachers, administrators, and school staff. 

Date and Location

The conference will take place at the Integrative Learning Center at UMass, 650 North Pleasant Street in Amherst on March 14, 2020, 8:30am - 4:00pm.

Cost and Registration

General Admission: $35 per attendee.

K-12 Students: We strive to admit all K-12 students free of charge. There are limited seats, and they will fill quickly. Schools hoping to bring teams should plan to register early. If you are interested in sponsoring a student scholarship for the conference, please visit our Sponsorship page

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Volunteers: Those interested in volunteering at the conference should email Erin Sullivan at


  • 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.

  • Photo of Romina Pacheco

    Romina was born and raised in Maracay, Venezuela. Her early work as an educator focused on teaching English as a Foreign Language, and Spanish as a Second Language. Romina’s career as an educator shifted when she migrated to the United States in her mid-20s where most of her work has concentrated in teaching Social Justice Education and Critical Multicultural Education in institutions of higher education. Romina has a M.Ed in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University where she studied Curriculum and Instruction and Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

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.