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posted Feb 16, 2017, 12:14 PM by Professional Learning   [ updated Feb 16, 2017, 12:15 PM ]

Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

posted Feb 16, 2017, 6:53 AM by Professional Learning

Bridges out of Poverty: 
Strategies for Professionals and Communities

Back by Popular Demand
for a
Special Saturday Event

Prudence Pease

As a powerful and dynamic speaker, Prudence will captivate participants as she delves even deeper into working with vulnerable populations.

This session is being offered to promote reflection as well as a deeper understanding and awareness of the realities that families face with financial challenges and other barriers. Bridges out of Poverty training immerses the early childhood provider and the community member with key lessons in working with individuals with poverty. Topics include increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures and how those differences affect opportunities for success. Based on the book Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, a collaboration with Ruby K. Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith.

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.

Training Information

March 11, 2017
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Executive Court Banquet Facility
1199 South Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH 03109

$50 - Registration Fee includes training, lunch buffet and copy of the book “Bridges out of Poverty.”

Schedule of Day:
8:30 - 9:00 am....................Registration9:00 - 9:15 am.........................Welcome9:15 - 10:00 am............Goals of the Day
10:00 am - 12:00 pm...........AM Session12:00 - 1:00 pm....Lunch & Networking1:00 - 4:00 pm.....................PM Session

*6.5 Hours of Professional Development Awarded 

Registration Information

To register, click onhttp://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com 

Registration is online only and pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Early Childhood PD Opportunities

posted Feb 16, 2017, 6:51 AM by Professional Learning

Using the New Hampshire Early Learning Standards: A Practical, Idea-Filled Day to Make the Standards Truly Come Alive in Your Early Childhood Program
Special Saturday Event
with Gaye Gronlund
Making NH Early Learning Standards come ALIVE
This day of training will give early childhood educators who work with young children from birth through age five a better understanding of the New Hampshire Early Learning Standards (ELS). Practical suggestions will be shared to help participants become more familiar with the content of the standards for the various age groups and consider the best ways to make use of them in their early childhood programs. Opportunities for hands-on practice in implementing the ELS will be offered along with many group discussions and interactive experiences.  The goal is for early childhood professionals to walk away from the day feeling confident about using the New Hampshire Early Learning Standards in their classrooms. 
Training Information
Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Holiday Inn Concord Downtown
172 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
$50 - Registration Fee includes training, lunch buffet and a copy of the book “Making Early Learning Standards Come Alive” by Gaye Gronlund            
Schedule of Day:
8:30 - 9:00 am.....................Registration
9:00 am - 12:00 pm..............AM Session
12:00 - 1:00 pm.....Lunch & Networking
1:00 - 3:00 pm......................PM Session

*5.5 hours of professional development

Click here or on the flyer for more details. 

 Trainer Bio: Gaye Gronlund, M.A., is an early childhood education consultant who works with programs across the country helping them implement best practices in curriculum and authentic assessment for young children. She is the author of eight books published by Redleaf Press and several articles that have been published in Young Children. She served as the Project Manager for NAEYC for resources related to the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice and as the lead consultant for the States of New Mexico and Illinois in writing and revising their early learning standards. 
Gaye Gronlund
In her writings, keynote addresses and staff development sessions, she focuses on implementing learning through play, incorporating early learning standards, and assessing children’s progress through observation and portfolios. Her suggestions are realistic and practical, helping early educators continue to maintain their passion for their work, to focus on meeting the needs of individual children, and to work in partnership with families.
Registration Information

To register, click on http://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com 

Registration is online only and pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

2017 Keene State Summer Institute

posted Feb 14, 2017, 2:49 PM by Professional Learning

Dear colleagues. Given all that is going on this  summer’s residential institute (“Identity and Education for Democratic Citizenship”) might be just the thing to renew your energy, your spirit, and also get those professional development hours! We just received word that our overseas teachers will be coming from Poland and Croatia. I hope that you can be part of this incredibly affordable and enriching experience!


To register: http://www.keene.edu/academics/ah/cchgs/cchgs/institute/





Tom White

Coordinator of Educational Outreach

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

229 Main Street

Keene, NH  03435-3201


Fax: 603-358-2748



NHDOE PD Opportunities

posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:03 AM by Professional Learning   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 6:03 AM ]


Student Wellness Webinar Series - Social Emotional Learning 101
This 60-minute webinar is designed for educators and related professionals
who are new to the field of social emotional learning.  The webinar will
include a description of models for social emotional learning; different
ways that schools can support social emotional learning, from day-to-day
strategies to comprehensive curricula; and how to measure and report on
social emotional learning growth for school-aged children. This webinar is
being held Monday, February 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register or
to be kept up to date about the Student Wellness Webinar Series go to

Everyone is an Asset Builder
Register today for participation in this four-hour training designed to
inform participants about the Developmental Assets framework developed by
the Search Institute. The framework identifies a set of skills,
experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to
develop into successful and contributing adults. This training will
identify the easy steps that anyone who interacts with children and youth
can take to be effective asset builders. This workshop is taking place
March 3rd from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the NH DOE in Room 15.

Contact:  Michelle Myler, (603) 271-4018, Michelle.Myler@doe.nh.gov or
                Kattie McKinnon, (603) 271-3947,

Conversations on Culture and Diversity
The demographics of New Hampshire are changing. It is up to each of us to
learn from each other on how to promote equitable outcomes for all students
and young adults in NH. Register today to start the dialogue in this
four-hour facilitated conversation that will focus on open communication
and creating a space for learning and growth opportunities for all. The
conversation and activities will explore concepts of culture and diversity
that influence our practices in education and wellness. This workshop is
taking place March 24th from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the NH DOE in Room

Contact;  Michelle Myler, (603) 271-4018, Michelle.Myler@doe.nh.gov or
Kattie McKinnon, (603) 271-3947, Kathryn.McKinnon@doe.nh.gov

Creating Measurable Annual Goals
This NEW, self-paced tutorial is made possible by the Bureau of Special
Education. Participants will learn how to use the student
information/evaluation data to write Present Levels of Performance of
Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLOAAFP –IEP Page 2).
They will learn to use the pertinent student evaluation data combined with
other current observation and assessment data to write present levels for
each annual goal. They will learn what components need to be included in
the writing of measurable annual goals and objectives for each annual
goal’s present level information; and how to write measurable annual IEP
goals and objectives to help build the student skills so they can access,
participate, and make progress in the general curriculum.
Registration is necessary. To directly access this tutorial, go to
http://www.opennh.net/course/index.php?categoryid=29. This will be the
first tutorial listed. Click on the “Register for this Tutorial” link
on the right side of the page and follow instructions. Once registered, you
will receive further instructions and confirmation via email.
You can also access this tutorial by going to the OPEN NH homepage at
http://www.opennh.net/. Scroll under “Course Categories” to
“Self-Paced Tutorials” and then scroll to and click on “NH Department
of Education Tutorials.” This will bring you to a page that lists
“Creating Measurable Annual Goals 2016” as well as a description and a
link to register for the tutorial.  Further information will be provided as
to accessing the tutorial once you register.  There is no charge for this
tutorial.  You will be awarded a professional development certificate after
you complete the tutorial and submit an evaluation form.

Contact: Helene Anzalone, (603) 271-3476, Helene.Anzalone@doe.nh.gov

Information From Other Agencies and Organizations (contests/awards,
conference/workshops, and misc.)

Nominate Teacher Leaders for Elevating and Celebrating Teaching and
Teachers (ECET2)
The job of being a teacher is one of the most rewarding and challenging
jobs in the world, and opportunities for principals to support their
teacher leaders in meaningful, collaborative ways are rare. The NH and VT
Chapters of the National Network State Teachers of the Year, in partnership
with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to give you such an

On March 25th, we will be hosting the annual NH/VT ECET2 regional
conference in Hanover, NH at the Hanover Inn. ECET2 brings teachers
together to share their successes and challenges while elevating the
profession. The conference, designed by teachers for teachers, is open by
recommendation only. We are asking for you to recommend two aspiring or
inspiring teacher leaders from your building to join us in this exciting
celebration. 2012 National Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Mielowicki will
welcome all attendees, and award-winning teachers from New Hampshire and
Vermont will offer breakout sessions covering content, culture, and
pedagogy. This is not simply a conference; it is a chance to become a part
of a regional network of teachers who are leading without leaving their

Please submit the names of your nominees at
www.ecet2nhvt.org/nominate-a-teacher-leader/. We will e-mail them a
personal invitation to attend the conference. The conference is offered at
no cost to invite-only attendees, thanks to the generous support of the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and local sponsors. If you have questions,
feel free to reach out to us at ecet2nhvt@gmail.com.

National Youth Science Camp
Applications are now open for the 2017 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).
The NYSC is a residential science education program for young STEM
enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from
around the country (two are selected to represent each state and
Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and
hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an
outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great
outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. NYSC 2017 dates
are planned for June 14 - July 8, 2017. Application Deadline is March 1,
2017. To apply or for more information go to http://apply.nysc.org.

Contact: Barbara Hopkins, (603) 271-5252, Barbara.Hopkins@doe.nh.gov

2017 NH High School Short Film Festival
The New Hampshire Division of Film and Digital Media, an agency of the
Department of Cultural Resources, will once again present the New Hampshire
High School Short Film Festival, which will take place in May 2017.
Students from NH public and private high schools are encouraged to start
planning and producing their projects, which do not have to be created as
part of a class assignment. The submission period opens March 1, 2017. More
details are available at www.nhstudentfilm.com. Media arts faculty
interested in receiving updates about the Festival via e-mail should
contact film@nh.gov.

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation 2017 Teacher Innovator Awards
The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment are proud to sponsor a third year
of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards! They are
looking for teachers who demonstrate an original and creative approach to
teaching, exhibit resourcefulness, engage students, and are making a
positive impact on not only their classroom but their community,
colleagues, administrators, school, and/or district. They want to know what
makes these teachers innovative? How do they define innovation? How do they
convey innovation to their students?
Twenty teachers in total will receive prizes, with the top ten grand prize
winners receiving a week-long "Innovation Immersion Experience" at The
Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Winners will be announced in June. For
the official rules and nomination form, go to
Nominations are due by February 28, 2017. For more information, contact

NH Business Education Association: (NHBEA) Annual Conference
This conference is taking place Friday, March 10, 2017 at Rivier University
in Nashua. For more information or to register go to http://www.nhbea.com.

School Nurse Essentials
Whether you are a new school nurse, or a seasoned veteran, day three of
School Nurse Essentials has valuable tips and tricks to bring back to your
nursing practice:
•       Role of the School Nurse in Emergency Preparedness
•       Building a Wellness Program
•       Legislative Updates Including  School Nurse Certification
•       Assessing the Ear and the Use of an Otoscope
•       Asthma and Auscultation of the Lungs
•       Advocating your Role as the School RN
This workshop is taking place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March
10th at the Concord Country Club. To register or for more information go to

Arts Education Grant Applicants
Educators interested in applying for N.H. State Council on the Arts’ arts
education grants are invited to attend a grant writing workshop at the
Plymouth State University Graduate Center in Concord on February 10, 2017
from 9:00 a.m.–noon.

Two specific grant programs will be the focus of the workshop: Artist
Residencies in Schools (AIR) grants, which fund artist residencies that
bring juried teaching artists into classrooms and public schools to support
creative learning and skills development in the arts; and Youth Arts
Projects for Creative Youth Development grants, which fund high-quality
arts and cultural programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts
skills and foster success for young people beyond the normal school day.
Each has an April deadline to apply for programs taking place during the
2017-2018 academic year.

At the workshop, NHSCA staff will present an overview of the State Arts
Council's programs and the latest information on grants, including changes
to the State Arts Council's grant guidelines. Roles of partners, thematic
curriculum connections, working with and supporting academic disciplines,
choice of artists, writing goals and outcomes, evaluation for improvement,
and planning residency schedules will also be addressed. There is no cost
to attend the workshop, but space is limited and pre-registration is
required. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nharts.

Millions of students across the country took the PSAT/NMSQT this past
October. The PSAT/NMSQT is a test that measures the skills and knowledge
that students need for postsecondary success, reflects what’s taught in
the classroom, and is a critical step on the road to college. It’s also
great practice for the SAT, because both tests have the same question types
and formats.

As of December 12, 2016, educators and students have access to PSAT/NMSQT
scores online. Both can use the results to see areas where students are
thriving, and pinpoint areas where they need additional support. And
because PSAT/NMSQT scores are on the same scale as SAT scores, it’s easy
to track student progress over time. Additional resources to help educators
access, understand, and use scores are available at psat.org/scoreweek.

Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) Presentations
Teachers who want to introduce their students in grades 3-6 to New
Hampshire's wildlife resources -- or reinforce wildlife-related lessons
they have learned -- have until February 28th to request spring Wonders of
Wildlife presentations by trained New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
volunteer docents. There is no charge for the programs. WOW is a series of
active educational programs presented in the classroom. Fish and Game WOW
docents travel to New Hampshire schools to present one of four interactive
programs: Habits and Habitats; Endangered Species; Pond Ecology; and

Any teacher who has not already scheduled a WOW presentation this school
year may schedule a session for their students. To download a
print-and-mail application, go to
www.wildnh.com/education/wonders-of-wildlife.html and select the "Program
Request Form." The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian
of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.
Learn more about educational programs provided by the Department at


posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:43 AM by Professional Learning

MAY 10, 2017!!
Andrew Shatté, Ph.D.

The Resilience Factor

Dr. Andrew Shatté is founder and President of Phoenix Life Academy, a training company that specializes in measuring and training for resilience.

A Ph.D. psychologist, Dr. Shatté received his training at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his colleagues were the first to develop the principles of resilience, identifying and defining 7 factors of (human psychological) resilience, a test to measure these traits within individuals called the Resilience Factor Inventory (RFI) and the 7 skills to enhance them. Most notably Dr. Shatté has determined that resilience is the single greatest predictor of who will succeed and who will not, who will be happy and who will not in both their professional and personal lives. 

MAY 10, 2017!!


Registration information and Symposium details coming SOON!

Joann Batty  603.206.8609; battyjoa@mhcgm.org

Separating Difference from Disability for English Learners

posted Feb 5, 2017, 8:49 AM by Professional Learning

 FREE online course, "Separating Difference from Disability for English Learners," offered in partnership with TESOL and our MSD Title III program

The course will run from March 6th - April 2nd. This is an online course with a focus on identification of English learners with suspected disabilities. The purpose of the course is to analyze the challenges facing educators as they consider EL students with suspected disabilities or behavior concerns. The course will offer educators support as they try to distinguish cultural and linguistic diversity from disability in identification, intervention, instruction, assessment and service within both special education and integrated classrooms. 

Attached is a sample course syllabus for your review. The syllabus will change a bit because the new section of the course will be designed exclusively for MSD educators, but the attached syllabus will give you a sense of the scope and commitment. 

There are only 35 spots in this class. Please use the link below to reserve your spot. 

Vroom Community Implementation Planning Meeting flyer

posted Feb 5, 2017, 8:46 AM by Professional Learning

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