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The Collaborative for Educational Services Calendar  -January 6, 2017



Collaborative for Educational Services

Events Calendar, 2017

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Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the CES Main Office

97 Hawley Street, Northampton MA


For more events taking place later this spring, please visit the website!

Special Education


Transition: Assessment, Planning & Service Delivery

Dates: February 14 & March 21, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


This two-day workshop is designed to introduce participants to the requirements for transition planning and service delivery in state and federal regulations.

By the end of this session, participants will know the requirements for transition planning in state and federal special education regulations, understand the transition planning process and responsibilities of the district for transition service delivery and be able to complete transition planning and IEP development activities in a way that is compliant and collaborative. 15 SPED PDPs.

Math and Special Education


Meeting the Needs of Struggling Students in Math

Dates: March 22, April 6 & 26, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


In this three-day workshop, learn how the core of differentiated instruction revolves around creating equal access to mathematical ideas without simplifying the mathematical content of a lesson. This ideal poses many challenges to us as teachers.

Participants in this workshop will deepen their ability to engage struggling students with challenging mathematics tasks, support the development of academic language, encourage multiple means of communication, and assess student performance and plan effective instruction.


15 SPED PDPs. 



Introduction to Augmentive and Alternative Communications (AAC)

Dates: March 16 & 30, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


In this two-day workshop, learn how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can provide support and increase engagement for students with little or no speech. Participants will explore ways to encourage student participation across content areas and provide meaningful access to the curriculum. The effective use of AAC and related Assistive Technology (AT) supports have been shown to improve student progress. This workshop will include an overview of current technology for AAC and AT, strategies and best practices for selection and implementation within the classroom and other settings; and the team process for identification of AAC and AT services..


Social Emotional Learning


Social Emotional Learning

Dates: March 18, April 8, May 6, June 3, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm


This four-day course, offering PDPs, or 3 graduate credits (awarded by Fitchburg State University) explores the wide range of issues relating to what is now known as "social-emotional learning" (SEL): it's biological foundations, the connection of the social-emotional system to cognitive processing, the role of identity in learning, executive functions and SEL, SEL and mindfulness work, the power of motivation in learning, SEL programs, SEL and content learning (math, ELA, social studies), SEL and English learners, and SEL and SPED. This is a hybrid on-line course with four 3.5-hour face-to-face Saturday sessions. Participants will develop a deep theoretical as well as practical understanding of this powerful topic, able to transform their work with students.  37.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credits (additional cost).

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