February 13, 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, The Promise of Justice in the Education System: Dismantling the Four I’s of Oppression, on January 30, 2024. Members can participate in-person, virtually or by viewing the recording.

Speakers
  • Patrick Tutwiler, Ph.D., Massachusetts Secretary of Education
  • Raul Fernandez, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer, Higher Education Administration, Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development 
  • Anita Amante, LICSW, MSW, District Social Worker, Milford Public Schools
  • Dana Gastich French, M.A., Founder & Lead Consultant, UpRiver Education
  • Lisa Kingkade, LMHC, M.Ed., Director of Social Emotional Learning, Milford Public Schools
  • Dorys Lemus, Cultural Broker/Consultant, Trauma Community Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Talita Rodovalho, LMHC, M.Ed., District Social Worker, Milford Public Schools
  • Jeffrey P. Winer, Ph.D., Attending Psychologist, Trauma and Community Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Description

This hybrid conference will focus on developing, disseminating, and implementing culturally responsive and trauma-informed psychological interventions for youth and families of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. The values of equity, anti-racism, and structural systems change are at the center of this presentation. The Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R), a clinical and organizational model for the efficient and effective delivery of psychosocial services for youth of refugee and immigrant backgrounds, will be featured. A presentation from a team of Milford Public School educators will provide an overview of lessons learned and best practices for providing structures and services for immigrant and refugees students and their families.

About the Speakers
Patrick Tutwiler

Patrick Tutwiler, Ph.D., is the Secretary of the Executive Office of Education, and the first Black person to ever hold that role in Massachusetts’ history. As Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Tutwiler directs the Executive Office of Education, which oversees early education, K-12, and higher education. Secretary Tutwiler sits on each of the boards governing the Commonwealth’s education agencies, as well as the University of Massachusetts system. He is Governor Maura Healey’s top advisor on education and helps shape the Commonwealth’s education agenda.

Before being sworn in as Secretary, Dr. Tutwiler served as the senior program officer at the Boston-based Barr Foundation, a grantmaking organization focused on arts, climate and education, where he specialized in developing new high school models that will have a positive impact across the entire school system. He has more than twenty years’ experience in public education as a high school history teacher, as a high school principal and as the superintendent of the Lynn Public Schools. As Lynn Superintendent, Secretary Tutwiler led a collaborative, equity-centered effort that resulted in increased graduation rates, decreased push out rates, a more racially diverse faculty and staff, and the establishment of Massachusetts’ second largest early college program. He earned a BA in history from The College of the Holy Cross, a master’s in education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in curriculum and instruction from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He lives in Andover with his family.

Raul Fernandez, Ed.D., is a Senior Lecturer and past Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development where he studies, writes, and teaches about inequities in education. He is also Chair of the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and was recently named a Public Impact Scholar by the Initiative on Cities. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree and is now an accomplished educator, with thousands of people having attended his workshops at campuses, conferences, and organizations around the country and internationally.

Anita Amante, MSW, LICSW, is one of the District Social Workers for Milford Public Schools. Her role involves bridging the gap between school, home, and community by helping direct families to services and resources, serving as a liaison to providers and state agencies, and collaborating with community partners to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to support the success of students and their families. Anita  is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. (BA in Psychology) and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (MSW in Clinical Social Work) and holds licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).

Dana Gastich French, M.A., founder and lead consultant for UpRiver Education, has 20+ years of experience educating and advocating for emergent multilingual students. Her work in teaching, coaching and leadership roles has afforded her the experience and perspective to understand both the pedagogical and system-level practices needed to maximize outcomes for multilingual learners. Ms. Gastich French supports districts, universities and state agencies with training, coaching, ESL curriculum, and consultation. Popular topics include sheltered instruction, ESL team training, and leadership support for ELE programming. Further, she has experience evaluating district data, policies and practices to develop and enact multi-year strategic plans for district improvement. Ms. Gastich French co-authored the text Teaching English Language Learners: Content and Language in Secondary Classrooms, which has served as a staple for Massachusetts level educator preparation programs. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, three children, two pups and a tortoise. Go to uprivereducation.com to learn more and find out how you can reach out to bring Dana to your district.

Lisa Kingkade, LMHC, M.Ed., is the Director of Social Emotional Learning for Milford Public Schools. She also serves as the District McKenny Vento/Foster Care Liaison; 504 District Coordinator and Civil Rights Coordinator. Before working for the Milford Public School system, Lisa worked as a licensed mental health counselor at Wayside Community Counseling Center with a focus on children and trauma. She also served as a domestic violence advocate/ bilingual counselor with the Milford Police Department. She has worked for Milford Public Schools for the past 20 years in various roles from adjustment counselor at Milford High School to Assistant Principal of Stacy Middle School, Assistant Principal of Woodland Elementary School and has been in her current role for 7 years. Lisa serves on the YMCA Board of Incorporators, Hockomock Area YMCA Child Protection Committee, CHNA6 Steering Committee and  Wayside Youth and Family Communication & Development Committee Meeting.

Dorys Lemus is a Cultural Broker and Consultant at the Boston Children’s Hospital Trauma and Community Resilience Center (TCRC). At the TCRC, Dorys has been instrumental in the continued adaptation, dissemination, and implementation of the Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R) model for youth and families of Central American and other Spanish-language backgrounds. In addition to her consulting, training, and product development work at the TCRC, she has also worked as a cultural consultant for programs based at Duke University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

As part of her work with Duke University, Dorys serves as a member of the project advisory committee tasked with developing trauma-informed training for the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Unaccompanied Children Program. She plays a key role in ensuring that resources developed are culturally, linguistically, and contextually appropriate. Ms. Lemus herself, came to the U.S. in 2013 from El Salvador as an unaccompanied minor. She is a 2017 graduate of Somerville High School and is currently  studying psychology at Bunker Hill Community College.

Talita Rodovalho, LMHC, M.Ed., is a graduate from Cambridge College where she earned her M.Ed. in mental health counseling with a specialization in trauma studies. Talita has been working with children, adolescents and families since 2008 in various settings including community mental health, outpatient therapy, trauma services and college counseling.  Talita takes a person centered approach to therapy and believes in a collaborative approach to therapy. Currently, she is a district social worker for Milford Public Schools.

Jeffrey P. Winer, Ph.D., is an Attending Psychologist within the Trauma and Community Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Winer’s work is primarily focused on developing, disseminating, and implementing culturally responsive and trauma-informed psychological interventions for youth and families of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. The values of equity, anti-racism, and structural systems change are at the center of this work. Along with his colleagues at the TCRC, he is deeply involved in the continued development, dissemination, and implementation of Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R), a clinical and organizational model for the efficient and effective delivery of psychosocial services for youth of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. He is the recipient of a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award and is co-author of Mental Health Practice with Immigrant and Refugee Youth, published by the American Psychological Association in 2019. Outside of his work at Boston Children’s Hospital, he continues to work at the McLean Hospital 3East Adolescent DBT Partial Hospital Program and maintains a private practice.

To receive PDPs, participants must attend this conference and the conference, The Promise of Justice in the Education System: Dismantling the Four I’s of Oppression, on January 30, 2024 and successfully pass the quiz. 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 be 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 02/13/2024.

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