Site-Based Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

Site-Based Curriculum and Instruction

Improving Teaching and Learning

We work to support the efforts of schools and school districts with high quality, research-based, and collaborative solutions to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. -- CES Values

Successful teaching and learning begins with the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. CES provides services 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 in literacy, numeracy, ELL learning, special education, students in poverty, and technology in the classroom

Our Approach:

  • High expectations for teachers and students
  • Knowledge of students’ cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds
  • Bridges to learning, mediating school for students who have not “learned school”
  • Differentiated materials selection, instructional design, and assessment
  • Fostering students’ sense of efficacy, ownership of their work, and self-advocacy skills/tools

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 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. We work with and provide training and coaching for general education and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. 

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 that support optimal performance in school. 

Literacy Growth and Development

Our literacy consultants provide a variety of comprehensive literacy-centered services that help professionals to understand underlying theories of literacy growth and development; 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.


CES works with schools and teachers to help assess needs and deliver customized K-8 professional development opportunities. We emphasize the successful teaching of the Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks, with a particular focus on struggling learners.

History and Civics: Emerging America

This year, teachers of civics, history, and social science, and school district curriculum leaders will begin the work to align to the new Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework and standards. CES is working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to provide supports for that work through the Civics Education Network. In addition, CES' Emerging America is offering professional development, curriculum support, and online curriculum resources for K-12 teachers to address the new standards.  

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. Our consultants and trainers can help you to assess needs in your school or district, and will tailor a program of training, coaching and consultation to meet those needs. 

Social Justice and Equity

CES is uniquely positioned to provide critical and timely support to school districts in Western Massachusetts 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 training on 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