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Provider

Collins Education Associates (CEA)

Contact Information

Primary

John Collins
320 Main Street
PO Box 957
West Newbury, MA 01985

Phone: (800) 932-4477
Email: johncollins@collinsed.com

Secondary

Greta Shepard
320 Main Street
PO Box 957
West Newbury, MA 01985

Phone: (800) 932-4477
Email: gretashepard@collinsed.com

General Information

Website: www.collinsed.com
Screenshots / Demo: collinsed.com/media/john_collins_videoclip.mpg
Effectiveness Data: collinsed.com/research.htm
Type of Organization: Other
Professional Development Company
Organization is best described as: For-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 30 years
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
- District
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Professional Development
School and District Improvement
Specific Content Area :
Writing Across the Curriculum/Literacy

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

Caesar Chavez Academy, Lori Montanez, ldmontanez@chpa-k12.org
Crowley County Schools, Scott Cuckow, scott.cuckow@cck12.net

Recent References:

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Pamela Mason, pamela_mason@gse.harvard.edu
KIPP Schools National Summit Conference 2012, Carolyn Diers Kaneda, cdiers@kipp.org
Collaborative for Educational Services, Cecelia Buckley, cbuckley@collaborative.org
SERESC(Southeastern Regional Education Service Center, Carolyn Woodman, cwoodman@seresc.org

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

Nashua School District, Kathy Drolet, droletk@nashua.edu
Neptune Schools, Lakeda Demery, lddemery@neptune.k12.nj.us
Foxborough Public Schools, Debbie Spinelli, spinelli@foxborough.k12.ma.us
Rye Elementary School, Lane Richardson, lrichardson@sau50.org
Hull Public Schools, Judy Kuehn, jkuehn@town.hull.ma.us
Madison Park Vocational Technical High School, Emily Lebo, elebo@boston.k12.ma.us
Immaculate Conception, Martha McCook, icprincipal@icschool.net
Governor Winslow School, Karen Hubbard, khubbard@mpsd.org
Clara Barton School, Steve Baroni, sbaroni@oxps.org
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rebecca Swasey, rswasey@valleytech.k12.ma.us

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

Over the last three decades CEA has provided professional development in writing and thinking skills instruction in hundreds of school districts in 32 states and the District of Columbia. In that time, we have done over 15,000 workshops for schools of every type and size. Response to the workshops has been overwhelmingly and consistently positive. Cumulative evaluations of our workshops over this period of time has been 9.2 (evaluations use a scale of 1-10 with ten being the highest score). Collins Education Associates is a Preferred Provider of Professional Development by the Massachusetts Department of Education for Fund 738 Literacy Partnerships.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

All CEA associates are experienced educators and trainers with advanced degrees and are effective in providing lively and interactive workshops. Their vast experience as teachers, principals, curriculum leaders, and superintendents gives them a unique perspective on the kind of professional development experiences that are not only engaging and enjoyable for participants, but that lead to sustained improvement in classroom instruction and student achievement. A number of CEA associates have authored books, articles, and other publications on writing and thinking skills instruction.

Cost:

Daily rate for professional development is $1,500.00 plus travel related expenses.

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

Understanding that school cultures vary, all training is planned in conjunction with school curriculum leaders rather than assuming a “one size fits all” model will suffice for every client. As a result of these client discussions, CEA drafts a proposal for implementation that outlines goals, activities, timelines, and costs. This collaborative process ensures that schools have a plan that fits their specific needs.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

Evaluation of effectiveness is built into each client’s proposal. Typically, CEA efforts (training workshops, demonstration lessons, and technical assistance sessions) are evaluated by the participants, shared with CEA, and used for refining future activities as necessary. Quality of implementation reviews are also typically built into our work with clients. There are a number of different models used, depending on the school’s culture, but the goal is to help each client develop a goal-setting/reflect-on-practice/refine-future-goals model of professional reflection and self-assessment. Analysis of student achievement on high-stakes assessments is an integral part of that professional reflection.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

CEA offers a variety of services to support each client’s implementation. The combination of services is determined in discussions with the client’s instructional leadership team and is based on needs, time, and available resources. For clients with under 500 students, one CEA trainer typically does all the training and support. Those services, customized for each client, are described below:
● Introductory Workshop—A highly-interactive, full-day introductory session provides the rationale and research underpinning the Collins Writing Program. It focuses on the practical day-to-day strategies that enable the program to work effectively. The session not only establishes a common language for writing across the curriculum, but also shows teachers how to make the “shifts” in instruction called for by the Common Core State Standards.
● Advanced Professional Development—CEA also offers more in-depth training in writing and thinking skills instruction—either for an entire staff or for a representative group of the staff. The advanced training, which can range from 1-4 days of additional professional development, focuses on a range of implementation issues such as diagnosing student needs, developing effective prompts, creating unit plans, designing authentic writing assignments, coordinating priorities among grades and/or departments, and maintaining cumulative writing folders of student work that promotes development of essential writing and thinking skills. [Note: These advanced trainings can be offered as one or three graduate credit courses if the client wishes to do so.]
● In-Building Support—To accelerate the rate of implementation, CEA offers support for teachers in the form of demonstration lessons, individual and grade level or department meetings for technical assistance, as well as facilitation of goal-setting and professional reflection.
● Implementation Reviews and Goal-Setting—Effective implementation of Collins Writing takes place over time and is the result of teachers’ thoughtful self-assessment of their efforts and setting personal goals to enhance their effectiveness. CEA consultants are experienced at leading and facilitating this process for their clients.
● Capacity Building—Some clients like to develop a cadre of teachers who, with additional training, can provide ongoing support for others in their building. Often called “coaches” or “advocates,” these teachers typically get 2-3 days of advanced training and can then become a resource for other teachers—for new teachers or others in their grade or department. They also are relied upon to keep writing a front-burner issue in grade or department Professional Learning Community meetings. [Note: This advanced training may also be offered for graduate credit if the client wants to do so.]

500-1000 Students:

CEA offers a variety of services to support each client implementation. The combination of services is determined in discussions with the client’s instructional leadership team and is based on needs, time, and available resources. For clients with 500-1,000 students, one or more CEA consultants may be involved in the training and support. Those services, customized for each client, are described below.
● Introductory Workshop—A highly-interactive, full-day introductory session provides the rationale and research underpinning the Collins Writing Program. It focuses on the practical day-to-day strategies that enable the program to work effectively. The session not only establishes a common language for writing across the curriculum, but also shows teachers how to make the “shifts” in instruction called for by the Common Core State Standards.
● Advanced Professional Development—CEA also offers more in-depth training in writing and thinking skills instruction—either for an entire staff or for a representative group of the staff. The advanced training, which can range from 1-4 days of additional professional development, focuses on a range of implementation issues such as diagnosing student needs, developing effective prompts, creating unit plans, designing authentic writing assignments, coordinating priorities among grades and/or departments, and maintaining cumulative writing folders of student work that promotes development of essential writing and thinking skills. [Note: These advanced trainings can be offered as one or three graduate credit courses if the client wishes to do so.]
● In-Building Support—To accelerate the rate of implementation, CEA offers support for teachers in the form of demonstration lessons, individual and grade level or department meetings for technical assistance, as well as facilitation of goal-setting and professional reflection.
● Implementation Reviews and Goal-Setting—Effective implementation of Collins Writing takes place over time and is the result of teachers’ thoughtful self-assessment of their efforts and setting personal goals to enhance their effectiveness. CEA consultants are experienced at leading and facilitating this process for their clients.
● Capacity Building—Some clients like to develop a cadre of teachers who, with additional training, can provide ongoing support for others in their building. Often called “coaches” or “advocates,” these teachers typically get 2-3 days of advanced training and can then become a resource for other teachers—for new teachers or others in their grade or department. They also are relied upon to keep writing a front-burner issue in grade or department Professional Learning Community meetings. [Note: This advanced training may also be offered for graduate credit if the client wants to do so.]

1000+ Students:

CEA offers a variety of services to support each program implementation. The combination of services is determined in discussions with the client’s instructional leadership team and is based on needs, time, and available resources. For clients with 1,000+ students, two or more CEA consultants may be involved in the training and support. With larger implementations, the capacity-building activities are often part of the district plan so that self-sufficiency can be achieved more quickly. Those services, customized for each client, are described below.
CEA offers a variety of services to support each client’s implementation. The combination of services is determined in discussions with the client’s instructional leadership team and is based on needs, time, and available resources. For clients with under 500 students, one CEA trainer typically does all the training and support. Those services, customized for each client, are described below:
● Introductory Workshop—A highly-interactive, full-day introductory session provides the rationale and research underpinning the Collins Writing Program. It focuses on the practical day-to-day strategies that enable the program to work effectively. The session not only establishes a common language for writing across the curriculum, but also shows teachers how to make the “shifts” in instruction called for by the Common Core State Standards.
● Advanced Professional Development—CEA also offers more in-depth training in writing and thinking skills instruction—either for an entire staff or for a representative group of the staff. The advanced training, which can range from 1-4 days of additional professional development, focuses on a range of implementation issues such as diagnosing student needs, developing effective prompts, creating unit plans, designing authentic writing assignments, coordinating priorities among grades and/or departments, and maintaining cumulative writing folders of student work that promotes development of essential writing and thinking skills. [Note: These advanced trainings can be offered as one or three graduate credit courses if the client wishes to do so.]
● In-Building Support—To accelerate the rate of implementation, CEA offers support for teachers in the form of demonstration lessons, individual and grade level or department meetings for technical assistance, as well as facilitation of goal-setting and professional reflection.
● Implementation Reviews and Goal-Setting—Effective implementation of Collins Writing takes place over time and is the result of teachers’ thoughtful self-assessment of their efforts and setting personal goals to enhance their effectiveness. CEA consultants are experienced at leading and facilitating this process for their clients.
● Capacity Building—Some clients like to develop a cadre of teachers who, with additional training, can provide ongoing support for others in their building. Often called “coaches” or “advocates,” these teachers typically get 2-3 days of advanced training and can then become a resource for other teachers—for new teachers or others in their grade or department. They also are relied upon to keep writing a front-burner issue in grade or department Professional Learning Community meetings. [Note: This advanced training may also be offered for graduate credit if the client wants to do so.]

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