Consulting Services

Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

Consulting Services

First, we listen.

Successful teaching and learning begins with the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. CES provides services that build school, district, and educator capacity to support the use of effective, research-based instructional practices to engage and motivate learners of all kinds.

CES can bring a tailored program of professional development and technical assistance on-site to your district, school, or organization to meet your specific needs and goals. We'll work with you to design a program that fits into your available time and takes place at your location; addresses your audiences; and presents the content you need.

CES services include:

  • Training
  • Coaching
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Curriculum alignment, mapping and design
  • Assessment mapping and design
  • Assistance with the integration of technology
  • Current research and effective practice

Our Approach:

  • High expectations for teachers and students
  • Deeply integrated sensitivity to students’ cultural, linguistic, social and educational context
  • Differentiation and tiered systems of support
  • Fostering students’ sense of voice, ownership, and empowerment

Content Areas of Practice:

Our team of specialists and facilitators draw on successful preK-12 experience in urban, rural, and suburban schools, and have special expertise in engaging ELLs, students in poverty, students receiving special education services, and vulnerable youth.

Among our special content areas of practice:

Special Education

Our talented specialists assist schools, districts and educators in special education areas encompassing inclusion in the classroom, transition, IEP and education team leadership, co-teaching, curriculum development, and assistive technology. 

English Language Learners

CES helps schools, particularly those that may have a small or low incidence of English learners, to address the regulations and the learning needs of this population within a whole school/district context. Schools may be experiencing dynamic shifts in their populations of English learners. We can offer expertise in school-wide tiered supports and intervention with the English learner (EL) population, and new ways of thinking about and working with ELs and their families.

Literacy Development

Our literacy consultants provide a variety of comprehensive literacy-centered services, identifying and providing training on educational practices leading to enhanced student performance in reading, writing, and oral language development. CES provides schools and school districts with expertise in the evaluation and assessment of struggling learners and training in research-based, successful reading and literacy interventions including balanced literacy and explicit instruction.

History and Civics: Emerging America

As teachers and district leaders align their curriculum to the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework and standards (introduced at the CES-led Civics Education Institute and Civics Education Network meetings in 2018-19), CES continues to provide support. CES's Emerging America program offers custom professional development and curriculum support for K-12 teachers to address the new standards and the student-led civic engagement project requirement, and to increase accessibility of history-social studies curriculum.

Technology in Education

CES offers coaching and instruction in technology-enhancing blended and personalized learning, G Suite (Google Apps for education) training from Google certified trainers, instructional design for high-quality online teaching, and technology infrastructure assistance. CES is an authorized provider of training for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Certification for Educators.

Social Justice and Equity

CES provides critical and timely support to school districts working to close equity and opportunity gaps. The social justice and equity work that CES offers equips educators and administrators with new insights into how discrimination, unconscious bias, and oppression impact young people in schools and what can be done to transform school culture via policies, practices, pedagogy, curriculum, and more.

Impact of Poverty

Based on our work with the Low-Income Education Access Project (LEAP), CES offers transformational training to build educator capacity in brain-compatible teaching and learning; school and classroom culture and climate; family and community engagement, and related topics.

For more information, contact: 
Director of Professional Services
413.586.4900 x5926
Teaching and learning