91st Annual MAHPERD Virtual CONVENTION

Monday/Tuesday, November 2 & 3, 2020

Due to numberous requests, we have extended access to the recorded Convention video sessions until Nov 30th. After Nov 30th the recorded sessions will be removed and the PDP forms will be sent to registered Professional & Retired members.

The recorded session links have been emailed to the registered convention attendees. If you haven't received the email with the links check your spam/junk folder. If you haven't received it please contact Bill Riley

Final Convention Registration List

A maximum total of 14 PDPs can be earned from attending the virtual convention. Even if you attend more than 14 hours of sessions, 14 is the most that we are allowed to issue according to guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Convention Registration List


Convention Keynote Speakers

Monday, Nov 2nd

Dr Jody Carrington

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favorites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time, and worked along side families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her PhD there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia.

Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.

Kids These Days: A Game Plan For (Re)Connecting With Those We Teach, Lead, & Love




Tuesday, Nov 3rd

Dr Irene Cucina

Irene Cucina is a Professor in the Health and Human Performance Department at Plymouth State University where she works with undergraduate and graduate students. Irene’s expertise is in the area of school health education, physical activity and fitness, wellness and the impact that teachers have on student learning. Irene has also been very involved with accreditation at the program and institutional level.

The emphasis of Irene’s service and scholarship over the past five years has been in the field of school based health education. As AAHPERD President in 2012, Irene helped unify our national association and fought to keep school health education as part of AAHPERD. Due to her commitment to school health education, she chaired the SHAPE America Health Council for 4 years, was a contributor to the Appropriate Practices in School Based Health Education document, was a member of the 2018 HETE Initial Teacher Standards revision task force, and co-authored the 2018 Health Education Initial Teacher Standards book. Irene has also been involved in a number of webinars to address assessment in school based health education as well as developing skill based health education curriculum. She is an onsite reviewer for the Council on Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) and a SHAPE America lead reviewer and auditor for Health Education.

Irene spent 16 years teaching high school health and physical education where she was recognized as the Massachusetts Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1997. As a high school teacher, she developed curriculum that emphasized physical fitness, physical activity, nutrition, and lifetime enjoyment of movement aligned with state and national standards. She also implemented successful before and after school activity programs that involved over 900 students yearly as well as members of the community. In addition, Irene founded the Fighting AIDS through Education student club that provided educational programs to middle and high school students in the community.

Irene is a much sought after presenter and keynote speaker and has traveled the country to present at state and district conventions. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and service including the American Alliance Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, Eastern District Association Honor Award, Outstanding Service Award and the Tilia J. Fantasia Service Award, NHAHPERD Outstanding College/University Teacher, and the Plymouth State University Distinguished Teaching Award.



Convention Sponsors

Westfield State University
Graduate and Continuing Education

Erika's Lighthouse

Pam Garramone

Be, Happier A Journal


Dates of Future MAHPERD Conventions at the DCU Center
November 1-2, 2021
November 7-8, 2022
Nobember 6-7, 2023
November 4-5, 2024