January 30, 2024 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Registration: 8:30 – 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

Attend In Person or Via Zoom

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School
147 Pond Street
Franklin, MA 02038

To receive PDPs, participants must attend this conference and the conference, Supporting Recently Arrived Immigrants and Their Families, on February 13, 2024. Members can participate in-person, virtually or by viewing the recording.

  • Jessica Pepple, Ed.D., MBA, Inaugural Chief Diversity and Culture Officer, RFK Community Alliance
  • Alberto Carrero, Ed.D., Director of Multilingual Learners, Chelsea Public Schools
  • Pierre Jean, M.Ed., Assistant Principal, Needham High School
  • André Morgan, Ph.D., Director of Opportunity, Access, and Equity, Beverly Public Schools
  • Caroline Rooney, Ed.D., Teacher of English Language, Lebanon Middle School. Lebanon, New Hampshire

This conference will address the Four I’s of Oppression (Ideological, Institutional, Interpersonal, and Internalized) and how this complex system impacts historically marginalized and excluded groups in our schools. School should be the haven that does its absolute best not to let oppression appear and reside in its place. While we celebrate individuals being aware of the injustices that continue to perpetuate itself in society, we must also recognize that educating ourselves about these injustices must be undertaken concomitantly with dismantling oppressive systems. Throughout each session, presenters will show you actions you can take to unravel systemic oppression and its offspring, bias and prejudice.

About the Speakers

Jessica Pepple, Ed.D., is the organization’s (RFK Community Alliance) inaugural Chief Diversity and Culture Officer and is a member of the executive leadership team. Few people have the combination of data analysis skills, experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and engaging presence that Jessica has brought to her role as RFK Community Alliance’s inaugural CDCO. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Boston University, an Ed. Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University, a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University, a BA in risk management-insurance from Florida State University, and an Associate’s in business administration from Valencia Community College.

Prior to joining RFK Community Alliance in 2022, Jessica worked for the King Phillip School District as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Before that, she served in a variety of Administrator and Instructional Coach roles at Browne Middle School in Chelsea, Prospect Hill Academy in Cambridge, and Orange County Public Schools in Florida. She is a strategic thinker and thoughtful contributor who is intuitive and gregarious. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the movies, as well as visiting local museums and art exhibitions.

Alberto Carrero, Ed.D., is a multilingual and multicultural educational leader with over twenty years of experience in public education. He began his career in education with the Dallas Independent School District in Texas, where he spent 9 years as a teacher in both elementary and high schools. In 2012, he joined Boston Public Schools where he has worked as an ESL, SEI, and Special Education classroom teacher, Assistant Principal and served in the district office as an Instructional Specialist for the Office of Multilingual Learners. Dr. Carrero has led presentations on racism, welcoming learning environments for culturally and linguistically diverse students, and creating culturally and linguistically sustaining practices. He has extensive experience with coaching teachers and leaders on implementing strategies to maximize multilingual learners’ education, curriculum development, assessment practices, building strong teacher teams, and strengthening student culture through agency and empowerment. Dr. Carrero holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and a certificate in bilingual education from Southern Methodist University. He is a graduate of the Boston University Wheelock School of Education with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Carrero’s research with BU centered on educating Spanish-speaking immigrant children and led to industry leaders seeking guidance on understanding and supporting the experience of Spanish multilingual students enrolled in Boston.

Pierre Jean, M.Ed., is currently Assistant Principal of Needham High School. Before joining Needham public schools, Pierre taught 10th-grade mathematics at Boston International and Newcomers Academy in Dorchester, where he also served as the chair of the mathematics department and a member of the Instructional Leadership. Pierre promotes a culturally responsive, inclusive, and interdisciplinary curriculum and collaborates with the High School Leadership Team and high school teaching staff to promote access to a diverse and equitable curriculum for all students at Needham High School. He is also focused on improving the school culture and increasing the sense of belonging for all students. Pierre earned a B.S. in Mathematics at Worcester State University and a M.Ed. in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

André Morgan, Ph.D., leads Opportunity, Access and Equity for Beverly Public Schools. Dr. Morgan brings more than 17 years’ experience in education, including roles as a teacher, principal, chief equity officer, chief academic officer, and collegiate professor and dean. In these experiences, he has worked with administrators, practitioners and students in culturally, racially and economically diverse contexts. He has also directed key reform initiatives and areas in the education sector, including: Service Learning Communities, School Culture, Turnaround Partnerships, Career and Technical Education, and Online Education.

Dr. Morgan holds a Doctor of Education Leadership degree from Harvard University, a Doctor of Philosophy degree from American University, a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from the University of Virginia. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Morgan appreciates and engages in adventure sports. He has jumped out of airplanes, swam with sharks, hiked trails during torrential downpours, and has climbed a couple of mountains.

Caroline Rooney, Ed.D., has been teaching middle school English Language Arts for eight years. In May of 2020, she began the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University. While taking doctoral classes at BU, she worked full-time as a middle school language arts teacher. Her dissertation was titled “The Youth Conservation Corps Experience: Strategies for the Post-Pandemic Classroom.” Her study focused on the perceived mental health effects of participating in the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the aspects of the program that may have led to those changes, and the feasibility of bringing those strategies into the classroom. She graduated with her Ed.D. from BU in May of 2023, and she is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts at Lebanon Middle School in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She resides with her husband in Sunapee, New Hampshire.

To receive PDPs, participants must attend this conference and the conference, Supporting Recently Arrived Immigrants and Their Families, on February 13, 2024. Members can participate in-person, virtually or by viewing the recording. If you do not qualify for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may request a Certificate of Attendance.

Membership Information

Most MPY webinars are available ONLY to current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must pass the quiz. The PDP quiz will be made available only to participants who have registered for and attended both conferences.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar you must cancel, through Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org, one business day before the webinar.

For MPY hybrid conferences, the date in-person registration closes will be posted on MPY’s website. Virtual conference registration will close one business day before the hybrid conference. You cannot cancel or switch your registration from in-person to virtual after in-person registration closes. Please email Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org with any questions regarding registration.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 01/30/2024.

Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm