NHASCD Learning Opportunities

posted Oct 1, 2016, 4:00 PM by Professional Learning

New Hampshire ASCD (NHASCD)
September 21st 2016 News
NHASCD President
 Rebecca Gagnon 
    NHASCD's Board President, Rebecca Gagnon, is the Assistant Principal of Hopkinton Middle/High School where she thoroughly enjoys working closely with faculty and students.
    With the schools' Principal and staff, Rebecca continues to drive innovative programming that supports students to be "healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged." 
     Before coming to Hopkinton, Rebecca served as a Director of Assessment and Technology, and as an Assistant Superintendent. 
    Rebecca's broad range of leadership skills have been recognized by International ASCD whose Board selected her as a national "Leader of Influence."
Save the dates for NHASCD's
Winter & Spring conferences: 
Jan. 6th, 2017
Ralph Fletcher
"Teaching Non-Fiction Writing from Scratch:  Practical Strategies for Improving Informational Writing"

May 19th, 2017 
Steven Leinwand"Sensible, Accessible Instructional Strategies for Increasing Math Engagement and Achievement"

   Registration links for all 2016-2017 NHASCD conferences are available through
NHASCD's 2016-2017 
Conference Sponsors
      NHASCD is proud to have numerous Exhibitors at each of its conferences where representatives can showcase and describe their latest programs, products, and services.
    This year we are also pleased to already have two Gold Level Sponsors for NHASCD conferences:
Heinemann Publishing
Pearson Curriculum
   When attending NHASCD conferences, please do take some time at breaks and over lunch to talk with the Sponsors and Exhibitors!


NHASCD's Mission:
To serve as a catalyst for conversation and action  
to inspire excellence in 
teaching, learning, & leading.

NHASCD believes
that everyone learns best when healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Register now for NHASCD's exciting 
Fall Conference!
October 14th, 2016  
  8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Grappone Center,  Concord, NH

  Dr. Robert Brooks 
will present on
The Power of Mindsets:
Nurturing Students'
Motivation, Resilience,
and Learning
For more information & to register, please click this link: 
At this fall NHASCD conference, Dr. Brooks will describe many of the strategies he has developed to nurture students' resilience, caring, motivation, and self-discipline -- and thus greater success in the classroom.  These supports and interventions have been successfully implemented in diverse educational settings in widely differing schools 
across the country.

Dr. Brooks' background includes serving as the Principal of the residential program at McLean psychiatric hospital and extensive clinical experience working with troubled, disruptive children and teens and their families. 
Dr. Brooks is presently on the faculty of 
Harvard Medical School, maintains a private therapeutic practice, and continues to share his ideas with large audiences through his presentations and publications. 
We look forward to hosting Dr. Brooks on 
October 14th
NHASCD Welcomes 
New Board Members!
NHASCD's New Board Members represent a wealth of leadership experience and a common commitment to NHASCD's mission and goals.
Wendy Perron
Wendy earned her B.A. and Masters degrees from UNH and is the Director of English Learner Instruction for the Manchester School District.  Along with providing instructional leadership to all students and staff in the district's English Learner program, Wendy works in community programming and coordinates curriculum and assessments for Manchester's 1,500 EL students.  From 2003-2006 Wendy was a Social Studies teacher at Londonderry Middle School  where she also responsible for developing professional development sessions to support all teachers new to the district.  In addition, Wendy has  taught an array of courses for UNH/ Manchester and volunteers at Manchester's Community Centers to teach adult refugees and newly arrived immigrant students.  Other volunteer work includes serving as a past member of the New Boston School Board; presently Wendy also participates as a member of the ESSA English Learner Advisory Team at the NH Dept. of  Education. 

Tom Sica
Tom graduated from New York's  Niagara University and then spent nine months in Panama, doing service work with sugar cane workers and others in need.  On his return, he taught at St. John's Preparatory High School in NYC but eventually moved north to become the Assistant Principal and then Principal at Gilford Middle-High School while continuing his graduate education at Plymouth State University.  After serving as the Assistant Principal at Concord High School, Tom became Principal at Concord's Rundlett Middle School where he served for six years.  In the summer of 2016, Tom was welcomed back to Concord High School as its Principal, replacing Gene Connolly who retired due to health issues.  As Tom notes, "the Concord School District is a perfect fit for my values and work as a school leader."
Randy Wormald  
Randy loves to teach math.  He believes that teachers can increase student and teacher engagement through innovative educational practices, including the use of current and emerging technologies.  His instructional expertise has been recognized with many awards, including NH Teacher of the Year in 2005; Disney Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year; Cable in the Classroom Leader in Learning; and IEEE-NH's Cloud Computing Award.  Randy has taught Math &/or Computer Education in Nantucket, Belmont, Andover, Londonderry, and Taiwan and has 
worked as a Mathematics Instructor at the Univ. of New Hampshire.  After earning degrees at U. of Maine and U. of Wyoming, Randy attended Northeastern University for his Ed.D. in Curriculum Leadership.  Currently Randy is a Mathematics Teacher at Kearsarge Regional High School. 
Congratulations to
Kim Carter,
NHASCD President-Elect!
   Kim Carter   Kim is the Director of the MC2 Charter School and Executive Director of the Q.E.D. Foundation, an organization that is committed to creating and sustaining student-centered learning communities.  
   Congratulations to Kim who was recently named as aDistinguished Fellow by the  "Students at the Center" Hub, an organization funded by the Nellie Mae Foundation that focuses on "anytime/ anywhere" personalized, competency-based education.
   A contributor to the Education Re-imagined community, Kim is interested in designing and implementing highly effective proficiency-based learning and assessments,
high school redesign, and leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning. 
 She is a former New Hampshire Teacher of the Year and continues to be passionate about democratic schooling, educational equity, and co-constructing learning experiences inside and outside of school.   

New Hampshire ASCD (NHASCD), NHASCD, PO Box 66, Peterborough, NH 03458