Social Justice and Equity

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Social Justice and Equity

With extensive knowledge of best practices and current research, our experienced, highly qualified professionals serve as a valuable resource for schools and educators. CES has built capacity to work with districts on conducting audits, surveys, focus groups, strategic planning, and professional and community development and training around important and increasingly evident issues of equity and bias. 

Customized technical assistance can include:

  • School and district audits
  • Surveys, focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders
  • Strategic planning
  • Professional development
  • Team and individualized coaching
  • Training for students, parents and communities

CES also offers a range of open enrollment professional development designed for educators seeking to enhance their knowledge, perspective, and skills. You can view the current list of upcoming professional development events at the right.

Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference

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.

Transforming Education for Social Justice Regional Initiative

The Transforming Education for Social Justice Regional Initiative, funded in large part by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, was designed to equip and support PK-12 educators to create learning environments that support engaged and empowered learning for all young people in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. This initiative sought to create a space for important thinking, building the skills needed to begin transforming schools, and developing a network of partnerships and resources that can support schools to address racism and intersecting forms of oppression that interfere with young people's learning, wellness, and opportunity.

Social Justice and Equity in Schools Specialists

Safire DeJong
Keri "Safire" DeJong, Ed.D. works in the Professional Development department at CES and leads social justice focused consulting and professional development for PK-12 schools.
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Romina Pacheco is an educator whose work has concentrated in teaching Social Justice Education and Critical Multicultural Education in institutions of higher education.


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