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31st Annual Leadership Training Institute
January 22-26, 2018

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FRANKLIN – The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is pleased to announce that 22 education professionals from Massachusetts and Rhode Island recently graduated from the 30th Annual MIAA Leadership Training Institute. This five-day residential program (January 23-27, 2017) was facilitated and directed by the MIAA Educational Athletics Staff and featured national trainers Kevin Ringhofer, Marty Harding and Deb Hult.

Throughout the week, leadership trainees learned practical strategies for working with coaches, students and parents to promote the five “pillars” of MIAA Educational Athletics – wellness, sportsmanship, leadership, coaches’ education and community service. Topics for the course included training coaches and school activity staff members, conducting pre-season meetings, enforcing rules and codes for effective prevention, workshops for student activity participants and adult leaders, responding to student problems, dating abuse and safe dating, heroin and prescription painkillers and social emotional learning. 

Expenses for this week-long workshop were paid for by the MIAA, including training, educational materials, hotel accommodations and meals. Workshop participants attended sessions at the MIAA Office in Franklin, MA and the Holiday Inn Express in Milford, MA. The 2017 graduates join an alumni base of over 700 participants who have participated in this program.

Nationally, over ten million students are involved in athletics and school activities. Through participation in these programs, students become role models, for better or worse, in their schools and communities. Therefore, school activities provide an excellent opportunity to set positive standards for participants, peers, families and fans.

The MIAA Leadership Training Institute is designed as a training forum to address these opportunities. For over 30 years, the MIAA has been training education professionals to enhance school programming related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention, wellness, student leadership and sportsmanship.

This program will provide an opportunity for member schools to showcase their successes, network and learn from the experiences of other school leaders, as well as expand their local core of volunteer leaders.

Member schools are invited to nominate candidates for the 31st Annual MIAA Leadership Training Institute. Thirty individuals will be selected for this five-day residential program. The cost of training, educational materials, hotel accommodations and meals will be covered by the MIAA. Please note the following participation requirements:

  • Participants must make a full five-day commitment to the program
  • Participants are required to stay at a local hotel arranged by the MIAA
  • All sessions are mandatory and will be held at the MIAA Office or local hotel

Space is limited – Please submit your application soon!

  • Reduce ATOD use through school activities
  • Design a successful pre-season meeting
  • Help school districts to implement local programs
  • Identify helpful resources
  • Respond to problems
  • Coordinate training for coaches, athletic adminatrators and other staff members
  • Conduct parent meetings
  • Plan and conduct student leadership workshops
  • Importance of Role Models
  • Student Leadership/Citizenship
  • Hazing/Sexual Harassment

Amanda Alpert – Athletic Director, Chelsea High School
Brij Anand
– Athletic Director, Sturgis Public Charter School West
David Babine
– School Counselor, Rockdale Recovery High School
Dawn Berens
– Wellness Educator, Whitman Middle School
Matthew Bonenfant
– Athletic Director, Gateway Regional High School
Marybeth Brandt
– Intern, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
Ellie Branley
– Girls Soccer Coach, Somerville High School
Michael Evans
– Athletic Director, Clark School
Caitlyn Germain
– Physical Education/Health Teacher, Burlington High School
Jennifer Gouvin
– Athletic Director, Monson High School
Karen Guillemette
– Athletic Director, Monomoy Regional High School
Jeremy Lewis
– Special Needs Paraprofessional, Keefe Technical High School
Nolan McKinnon
– Athletic Director, Innovation Academy Charter School
Ryan Murphy
– Athletic Director, Saint Clement High School
Tim Penicaud
– Athletic Director, Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School
Michelle Perrone
– Physical Education/Health Teacher, Lynnfield High School
Timothy Ryan
– Athletic Director, The Prout School
Catherine Sullivan
– Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Mashpee High School
Aphrodite Tzetzas Purdy
– Health/Wellness Educator, Mashpee High School
Jessica Upton
– Assistant Athletic Director/Coach, Salem High School
Lindsey von Holtz
– Athletic Director, Mount Greylock Regional High School
Maureen Watson
– Athletic Director’s Assistant, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School

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