Logo of the Collaborative for Educational Services features a sun-like wheel.

Collaborative for Educational Services

Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060

Last updated on October 30, 2023

Grant awarded by
Library of Congress
Organization Type
Educational Service Agency
Congressional District(s)
Fiscal Year Of First Grant
FY 2011 [10/01/10 - 09/30/11]
Contributing Organization(s)
Disability History Museum, Association of Educational Service Agencies, Easterseals Massachusetts, Learning Disabilities Association of America, iCivics, Keene State College, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Historical Society, UMass Amherst Department of History, Veterans Education Project, Westfield State University.
Organization description

The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is a public nonprofit, educational service agency that offers direct and support services to 37 member school districts and to various state and district-level clients across New England. The CES Emerging America program builds teachers’ capacity to access and effectively use primary sources to engage students of all abilities, especially students with disabilities, and English Learners. Resources to strengthen inclusion feature the Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse and graduate courses for teachers of history and social science. The Disability History through Primary Sources web page serves as a portal to a wide variety of primary source collections and of curriculum from across the country.

Project description
In March, 2023, CES published the free curriculum online: Reform to Equal Rights, a free, online, K-12 Disability History Curriculum featuring 250 primary sources. The curriculum emphasizes agency and self-determination, including stories and voices of disabled advocates for equal rights across American history. Lessons can stand alone or integrate with popular topics, including early American reformers, impacts of the Civil War, immigration, the Progressive Era, post-World War II movements for civil rights, and contemporary issues. Students may conduct and share research on disability history and organize inclusive civic engagement projects. CES received support for the curriculum from the Library of Congress TPS Program and from Mass Humanities. CES published an online exhibit: How Civil War Veterans Transformed Disability. In addition, the Disability History through Primary Sources web page serves as a portal to a wide variety of primary source collections and curriculum from organizations across the country. CES offers webinars, workshops, and graduate courses on inclusive teaching of students with disabilities. NOTE: Each of the seven units below links to several lesson plans and many primary sources.
TPS project focus
  • Academic Courses
  • Apps/Online Interactives/Games
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching Materials
  • Webinars
  • Workshops
Content focus
  • Access
  • Advocacy
  • Civics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • History
  • Law
  • Research
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil War
  • World War II
  • Activists
  • Administrators
  • Archivists
  • Classroom teachers
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Homeschoolers
  • Librarians/Media specialists
  • Students
  • Teacher candidates/Student teachers
  • University faculty
  • Writers
  • K-5
  • 6 - 8
  • 9 - 12
Population focus
  • African Americans
  • Learners with disabilities
Organization Contact
TPS Products