The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors is February 14, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.   For the full-year posting, click this link: FY18 Calendar   

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Contact the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Dr. Sabra M. Dickson

at (413) 735-2200 or

The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Department consists of a director as well as several employees of the DESE District & School Assistance Center (DSAC) who work part-time for the DSAC and part-time for the Collaborative on a grant and contract-funded basis. Together, they provide the following services:

  • Facilitating job-alike groups for:

Curriculum Directors    (FY18 Meeting Schedule)

       Academic Coaches   (FY18 Meeting Schedule)

  • Professional development and curriculum support for LPVEC’s teachers, nurses, counselors, paraprofessionals, and related service providers;
  •  Professional development support for member districts;
  •  MCAS administration support for special education programs;
  • Grant support for member districts, primarily for multi-district proposals; and
  •  A variety of grant and contract supported services, including: district and school improvement planning; examining curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices; strategic use of assessment and non-assessment data; development of formative, benchmark, and summative assessments; program evaluation; use of the Education Data Warehouse to access data and generate reports; and developing institutes on integrating technology into the classroom.