Curriculum Consulting Services

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Curriculum Consulting Services

CES provides a range of curriculum and instructional support services to support teaching and learning in virtual and face-to-face environments.

We partner with educators, school and district teams in public and charter schools as well as private schools to resolve problems of practice and support school leaders, teachers and other educators to strengthen learners’ academic and social-emotional wellbeing.

How can we help?

Districts and schools are required to comply with DESE mandates regarding program design, implementation and evaluation, and must demonstrate this compliance through scheduled monitoring reviews. In addition, MCAS data and other important indicators of student performance compel districts and schools to seek assistance with improving student outcomes. We know that district curriculum directors and school-based curriculum and instruction specialists and coaches at times have lean availability to assume these tasks. CES brings expertise and capacity to assist.

Services

  • Developing a school-wide or district-wide framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment: Including considerations of curricular content (concepts/understandings, knowledge, skills), expectations for learners (grade, discipline), expectations for professional practice (standards, practices, approaches, strategies), and assessment (formative, summative)
  • Implementation of DESE’s elementary and secondary prerequisite content standards: Including the alignment of curriculum documents (scope and sequence, unit plans), the alignment of formative and summative assessments (unit, grade-level, benchmark assessments), and instructional visits (virtual and in-person) to gauge standards-aligned instruction 
  • Compliance monitoring support: Including program evaluation to identify actionable recommendations regarding program design, curriculum, and instruction , and technical assistance to implement program recommendations
  • Coaching instruction (virtual, face-to-face) and instructional leadership: Coaching school and district administrators to lead instruction for improved outcomes, coaching teachers to strengthen instruction to increase accessibility, engagement and outcomes  
  • Gauging and strengthening the equity of services provided to vulnerable learners and their families: Including Identifying vulnerable populations such as students living in low income and poverty; Black, Brown and Native students; English learners; students with disabilities; and students experiencing high mobility and homelessness; wellness supports for vulnerable students and their families; i.e., meals, housing, mental health services; educational services for vulnerable learners; assessment of learning loss; interventions needed to meet grade-level academic standards; pProfessional development to meet the needs of vulnerable learners; and engagement and partnership to support vulnerable learners and their families 

Our Approach

In our work, we think about curriculum and instruction services and practices within the larger context of social justice, equity and trauma-engaged practice, and to support schools in responding to learners’ and families’ lived experience. CES consultants listen to schools’ and educators’ needs; learn about their current initiatives; and then tailor services that respond to needs and leverage initiatives.

Experience

Dr. Mussad is currently supporting the Chelsea Public Schools with professional development, technical assistance and coaching for leaders, teachers and instructional coaches in the district’s three middle schools to improve student outcomes. This project’s year one success in one middle school inspired an expansion to serve all three middle schools in the second year.

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
Director of Professional Services
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5926
Email: 
aburke@collaborative.org
Albert Mussad
Position: 
Leadership and Instruction Continuous Improvement Consultant
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5945
Email: 
amussad@collaborative.org
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Position: 
Social Justice and Equity in Schools Specialist
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5574
Email: 
rpacheco@collaborative.org
Safire DeJong
Position: 
Social Justice and Equity in Schools Specialist
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5929
Email: 
sdejong@collaborative.org