Underage Substance Abuse

An Anti-Vaping Curriculum Guide for Schools

May 2, 2022 | 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

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This webinar is free of charge to all Massachusetts Educators.  Nonmembers are not eligible to apply for PDPs/CEUs.  Please check the current list of member districts and organizations under the "About Us" tab to see if your district/organization is a current member of MPY.

Speakers: Joseph F. Baeta Ed.D., Superintendent, Norton Public Schools and Paul Viera, Ed.D., Superintendent, Douglas Public Schools, Co-Chairs, Anti-Vaping Curriculum Committee; Randi Schuster, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School/MGH, Director of School-Based Research and Program Development, Center for Addiction Medicine, Director of Neuropsychology, Center for Addiction Medicine

Webinar Description
The Massachusetts Anti-Vaping Curriculum Resource Guide for Schools is a statewide, evidenced-based, adaptable, developmentally appropriate curriculum on the impact of vaping on student health and wellness for grades 6-12. A curriculum committee composed of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals developed this Curriculum Guide. This conference will highlight this important document, providing information about vaping and implementation of anti-vaping curriculum and resources. A panel of educators and students will discuss the anti-vaping curriculum’s practical implications and impact on students.

This conference is free to Massachusetts educators. Three Professional Development Points (PDPs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to educators from MPY member school district

About the Speakers
Joseph Baeta, Ed.D., is entering his 9th year as the Superintendent of Norton Public Schools. Prior to that he was the Superintendent of Schools in Holbrook, MA for four years. Joe also has been a high school principal, academic coordinator at a regional-vocational district, high school teacher, coach and advisor and been actively involved in local politics in his hometown of Stoughton, MA. He has a B.S. in History/Secondary Education from Fitchburg State University, a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UMass and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.

‚ÄčRandi Schuster, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School and the Director of Neuropsychology as well as Director of School-Based Research and Program Development at the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and has published and presented widely on adolescent substance use and its effects. She has a broad background in psychology, with more specialized expertise in neuropsychological assessment and substance use among adolescents and emerging adults. Her research interests focus on the intersection of drug use and neuropsychology, with emphasis on the cognitive and psychiatric ramifications of early drug exposure. She received her BA from University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 under the mentorship of Drs. Carl Lejuez and Stacey Daughters and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014 under the mentorship of Drs. Robin Mermelstein and Raul Gonzalez. During graduate school, she gained extensive experience with adolescent substance, neuropsychological protocol implementation, real-time data capture methodologies, recruitment and retention of high-risk cohorts in community-based settings, and longitudinal analytic approaches. Dr. Schuster joined the Center for Addiction Medicine in July 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow after completing her clinical internship in neuropsychology at MGH/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schuster serves on the editorial board for Addiction. She has been the recipient of multiple awards to fund her research from Harvard Medical School, MGH, and NIH. She is currently funded by a 5-year K23 grant from NIH NIDA and is conducting her program of research in collaboration with multiple school districts across the state. Dr. Schuster’s current program of adolescent research focuses on explicating the course of neurocognitive recovery following cannabis discontinuation, defining the unique risk to adverse drug effects among adolescents with co-occurring psychopathology, elucidating the acute and residual effects of cannabis and other substance use on depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and evaluating the efficacy of novel behavioral and pharmacotherapy treatment options for adolescent vaping cessation. Other active areas of work focus on creating, implementing, and evaluating effective resiliency-based interventions for youth at risk for serious mental illness as well as a tier 2, school-based substance use diversion that will be implemented in over 100 schools across the state beginning in January 2022.

Paul Vieira, Ed.D., proudly became the Superintendent of the Douglas Public Schools on July 1, 2021. Before arriving in Douglas, he was an Assistant Superintendent, a High School Principal and Assistant Principal as well as a Spanish Teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in political science and Spanish; a master’s degree in education from Suffolk University; a CAGS in Education Leadership from Bridgewater State University; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Northeastern University. Throughout the years, he has served on four NEASC visiting teams; one as the Assistant Chair, was a member of various committees at the MSSAA including the Board of Directors, was a member of the Sportsmanship Committee at the MIAA, attended and presented at NASSP MSSAA, MSAA, MASS, MASS/MASC, MASSCue, MASCD Conferences, and district based professional development days.  What attracted him to Douglas, and has been confirmed time and time again, is that Douglas has caring, dedicated, and nurturing faculty and staff. A community that supports education and wants what is best for students. And students that are second to none. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Massachusetts Anti-Vaping Curriculum Guide

Dr. Joseph Baeta's and Dr. Paul Viera's slides available here.

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