Using School-Wide Tiered Support with English Learners

Professional Development


This training will explore the use of school-wide tiered supports and intervention with the English learner (EL) population with an eye towards improving the educational outcomes of ELs in general education, increasing collaboration between school faculty, and reducing misidentification of disabilities (both over-identification and under-identification).

Participants will walk away with:

  • Tools for developing systems within schools that identify and support ELs who are struggling academically
  • Tools for determining if and when formal special education assessment is warranted.
  • New ways of thinking about and working with ELs and their families that support optimal performance in school

Please note: This course requires the use of Implementing RTI with English Learners. Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and Carol Rothenberg. 2011. Solution Tree Press. (ISBN-13: 978-1935249979). Click for options to purchase.

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Principals, Specialists, Superintendents, Teachers; Grades K-12


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

Date and Location

This workshop is fully online.  All work will be completed during these three sessions, and the final assignments will be due at the end of the third day.

  • July 21 - 23, 2020; 9:00am - 3:00pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $365 for member districts and $395 for non-member districts. 

Registration Deadline: July 14


  • 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.