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posted Oct 1, 2016, 4:13 PM by Professional Learning

CS4NH – Expanding K-12 Computer Science Education in New Hampshire
The NH Department of Education and University of New Hampshire (UNH) invite
your school to be a part of CS4NH Launch Day, November 5th, at UNH
Manchester. This event is sponsored by Google CS Education and the ECEP
Alliance, and is free for all participants.  The day includes a keynote by
Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer for Code.org, workshops for teachers
and administrators, and a leadership panel to discuss how to incorporate
computer science and coding into the K12 curriculum.  Every student should
have a chance to learn about K-12 computer science to prepare for the
emerging demands of the 21st century — not just to major in computer
science or secure jobs as software engineers. Over 70% of all new STEM jobs
are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in computer science.
Less than 20% of those graduates are female.  With a concerted statewide
effort, we can turn these trends around in NH.  For more information and to
apply, please visit www.cs4nh.org.

Contact: David Benedetto, (603) 271-3855, David.Benedetto@doe.nh.gov

NH ConnectED Professional Development Calendar
NH ConnectEd is a project of the NH Society for Technology in Education
(www.NHSTE.org). Events from participating educational organizations are
posted on this calendar for your convenience. NHSTE is connecting with a
variety of professional organizations to develop their collaborative
professional development calendar. If your educational organization would
like to participate in NH ConnectEd, contact the Office of Educational
Technology for details. Professional development opportunities are also
shared on the NH ConnectED Listserv. Join at
http://mylist.net/listinfo/nhconnected.  View the NH ConnectED calendar at

Contact: Stan Freeda, (603) 271-5132, or Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov

Online Tutorials From OPEN NH
In an effort to assist schools in providing training for ALL school related
employees, volunteers, substitute teachers and others, NH e-Learning for
Educators Project, coordinated through the Office of Educational
Technology, offers short online tutorial training on a variety of subjects.
 Each tutorial will earn professional development hours upon successful
completion that can be used for re-certification and licensing continuing
education units.
a)      Food Service Workers
The Office of Educational Technology, in partnership with the Bureau of
Nutrition Programs and Services, has developed a series of short online
tutorials on a variety of food service related topics. These self-paced
online tutorials are offered through OPEN NH. Each tutorial will earn
professional development hours upon successful completion that can be used
for re-certification and licensing continuing education units. There is no
cost to register for these tutorials for food service personnel currently
working in New Hampshire public schools. For more information about the
tutorials and online registration, visit
b)      Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Services
The goal of this curriculum is to build New Hampshire’s capacity to
provide trauma-informed early childhood services, including childcare, home
visiting, early education, and health and mental health services. This
tutorial can be found at http://www.opennh.net/course/view.php?id=515.
c)      More Tutorials
•       Bullying Awareness and Prevention, a 3-hour self-paced tutorial,
•       The NH 3 Tiered Bullying Prevention and Intervention Model, a 5-hour
self-paced tutorial, $25.00.
•       Substitute Teaching: Tools and Tips for Success, a 5-hour self-paced
tutorial, $25.00
•       Ten Technology Skills for Learning and Teaching, a 15-hour self-paced
tutorial, $75.00
•       Developing Successful Online Teaching and Learning Practices, a 10-hour
self-paced tutorial, $50.00
Other tutorials are currently in development. For more information about
the tutorials and online registration, visit

Contact: Stan Freeda, (603) 271-5132, or Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov

OPEN NH Fall 2016 Session Online Professional Development Courses
Registrations are now being accepted for the OPEN NH Fall 2016 Session
courses. The 7 week, 35 hour online professional development courses begin
on October 5th and continue through November 22nd. The registration fee for
OPEN NH professional development courses is $130. The list of OPEN NH
professional development courses offered during the upcoming sessions can
be found on the Web site at: www.opennh.org, select Courses, select Current
Course Schedule. OPEN NH offers a variety of group discounts for SAUs,
districts, or schools. Online registration is only available for
individuals. Cohorts must use a single group registration form via email to
the OPEN NH Project Coordinator. Details for both procedures are available
at www.opennh.org. Graduate credits are available through Plymouth State
University at additional per credit cost. OPEN NH is part of the NH
e-Learning for Educators Project, a program of the New Hampshire Department
of Education, coordinated through the Office of Educational Technology.

Contact: Stan Freeda, (603) 271-5132, or Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov

Working Together Conference 2016
The Changing Landscape of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education in New
Hampshire Conference will focus on practices, technologies, and innovations
that affect the education of deaf and hard of hearing children and
emphasize how these are changing and can improve outcomes for children. The
conference will take place October 7th from 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the
Puritan Conference & Event Center in Manchester. To register or for more
information go to www.ndhhs.org/workingtogetherconference.


Take the Pledge to Become a New Hampshire Future Ready School
The Future Ready Schools Initiative is a new effort to maximize digital
learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward
preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The
US Department of Education initiative will provide districts with resources
and support to ensure that local technologies and digital learning plans
align with best practices in teaching and learning. When implemented by
highly trained teachers, digital learning leads to personalized learning
experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally
underserved communities. New Hampshire Superintendents are encouraged to
Take the Pledge to commit to implementing meaningful changes that
transition your schools toward digital learning that supports teachers and
students with becoming future ready. To learn more about Future Ready
Schools and take the pledge, visit
http://futureready.org/about-the-effort/take-the-pledge/. To learn more
about Future Ready Schools in New Hampshire, visit

Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) Presentations
Educators who want to introduce their students in grades 3-6 to New
Hampshire’s wildlife and wetland resources – or reinforce related
lessons – have until September 29th to request fall 2016 WOW)
presentations by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department volunteer docents.
Wonders of Wildlife is a series of active educational programs presented in
the classroom.  Fish and Game WOW docents travel to elementary schools to
teach one of four interactive programs:  Habits and Habitats; Endangered
Species; Pond Ecology; and Wetlands.  There is no charge for the programs.
Teachers may download a print-and-mail request form on the Fish and Game
website at www.wildnh.com/education/wonders-of-wildlife.html. To learn more
about education programs offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game
Department at www.wildnh.com/education.

Young Inventors’ Program
Does your school do Invention Convention? Encourage hands-on learning or
use that Maker Space as students mastermind original inventions or design
Rube Goldberg Machines. It is not too late to do the Young Inventors’
Program this school year. Join more than 50 NH schools in the program with
the opportunity to send your students to represent the State at the
Regional and National competitions. Next training workshop begins in
October online through Open NH. Visit the Academy of Applied Science at
www.aas-world.org/YIP for more information or contact Nicole MacMillan,
Director, at nmacmillan@aas-world.org to sign up.


Working Together for Student Success: A Back-to-School Communications
The Learning First Alliance released a back-to-school communications
toolkit that provides districts with template resources to assist with
parent and community outreach. The toolkit helps educators explain their
successes in implementing college- and career-ready standards and the
bright spots for education in their schools. In the toolkit, districts will
find a template op-ed, parent letter, fact sheet, news release and other
customizable resources. More information can be found at


United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)
In New Hampshire each high school principal may nominate one eligible
student. Selection will be based on academic accomplishments, community
services, and demonstrated qualities of leadership as elected high school
student body officers for the 2016-2017 school year. Whether outspoken or
soft spoken, the type of student who thrives during Washington Week is one
who is truly interested in government, history, politics and leadership and
one who has a demonstrated desire to serve others in a leadership capacity.
High academic achievement, high aspirations for college and career and
other clear examples of self-motivation and creativity often define Senate
Youth delegates. A selection committee reviews the nominations and chooses
several finalists. All finalists are interviewed in early November by the
selection committee. The Committee then selects two primary delegates and a
first and second alternate. Alternates will be selected as replacements in
the event a primary delegate is for any reason unable to participate in the
program's Washington Week. Delegates will travel to Washington (all
expenses paid) and receive $5,000 scholarships. The 54th Annual USSYP will
be held in Washington, D.C. March 4-11, 2017. For more information go to
www.education.nh.gov/recognition/us_senate.htm. Application deadline is
October 19, 2016.

NH Poetry Out Loud 2016-2017
Registration is now open for New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud 2016-2017. High
schools and regional groups in the state wishing to participate have until
October 17th to sign up; the total number of registrations is limited to 40
groups. Managed in New Hampshire by the N.H. State Council on the Arts,
Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide program that offers free educational
materials to schools to help students master public speaking skills, build
self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. New Hampshire
educators interested in having their high school or regional group
participate in New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud and who would like more
information can go to
http://www.nh.gov/nharts/programservices/POL/2017/index.html or contact
Julianne Gadoury at (603) 271-0791 or julianne.gadoury@dcr.nh.gov.

Voting Open for NH Literary Awards
In partnership with the NH Writers' Project, the NH Center for the Book
invites readers to vote for their choice among the titles nominated for the
12th New Hampshire Literary Awards
(http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/bookcenter/programs/literary.html). There are
specific award categories for both children’s books and young adult
books. Vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHLitAwdRC2016 before
midnight on September 30, 2016. The Readers' Choice winners will be
announced at the New Hampshire Literary Awards event on November 3, 2016.

Letters About Literature Deadlines
The Center for the Book at the NH State Library will be coordinating
Letters About Literature in NH this coming school year. This competition is
for students in grades 4-12 and asks young readers to write a letter, as if
to the author, about a book that affected their perception of the world.
Level 3 (high school) has a postmark deadline of Friday, December 2, 2016.
Levels 1 and 2 (upper elementary and middle school) have a postmark
deadline of Monday, January 9, 2017. To get the latest info on LAL in NH in
your e-mail, sign up at http://lal.nhbookcenter.org. Additional details,
including required entry coupons, will be available on the Web site in

Voting materials available for 2016 Ladybug Picture Book Award
Schools, libraries, day care centers, and any other location where NH
children (aged preschooler to third grade) gather may be a voting site for
the Ladybug Picture Book Award. To be a voting site you need to share the
ten nominated books (listed at http://ladybug.nhbookcenter.org) with the
kids and conduct an election with all 10 titles in the fall of 2016.
Picture ballots are available at http://ladybug.nhbookcenter.org as well as
the required tally sheet (there is a paper option or an online one). The
deadline for sending in votes is Friday, December 9, 2016 at 4:30pm. The
Ladybug Picture Book Award is sponsored by the Center for the Book at the
NH State Library and was established to promote early literacy and honor
the best in recent children's picture books.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a free day-long course designed to teach
parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers,
neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how
to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or
addiction challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is
primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The
course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews
typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to
help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered
include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis
may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating
disorders. UNH Cooperative Extension is hosting the following training
•       September 23rd, Wilton, to register, please visit: http://goo.gl/SFOOaM
•       October 29th, Walpole, to register, please visit: http://goo.gl/3JZ1wb
To schedule a Youth Mental Health First Aid training for your organization
or to get more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/oiMZK3.

UNH Learn for Life
UNH Professional Development & Training offers a variety of non-credit
professional development workshops and conferences for educators. Fall
non-credit workshops are currently open for registration. For more
information go to http://learnforlife.unh.edu/profdev, contact (603)
862-7380 or email professional.development@unh.edu.

Wright Museum of WWII
The exhibit "Infamy: December 7, 1941" is featured at the Wright Museum of
WWII from August 29-October 24, 2016.  This is a powerful photographic
exhibit commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged
American into WWII.  The exhibit, featuring 66 dramatic photographs, will
appeal to individuals and families alike. For members of the Greatest
Generation and their children, “Infamy” will bring back memories of
when Americans united to fight a common foe. For succeeding generations,
the exhibit will be a lesson about preparedness, sacrifice, and patriotism.
For more information go to www.wrightmuseum.org.
•       For more information about how you can integrate a museum visit into
your U.S. History/WWII unit go to www.wrightmuseum.org/school-program.html.

Aviation Day and Runway 5K
The Aviation Day and Runway 5K at Concord Airport is a family-friendly
event focused on aviation themed activities.  The Aviation Day portion of
the event is free.  There will be a static display of aircraft and heavy
equipment often used during airport construction projects; exhibitor tables
with STEM-focused interactive activities for all ages; and free airplane
rides for kids ages 8-17.  The Runway 5K (paid registration required)
allows walkers and runners to see an airport like very few every get to see
it, from the actual runway. The event will be held on Sunday, October 2nd
at Concord Municipal Airport from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more
information visit www.runway5knh.com.

NH Wildlife Calendar
If you need a fall fundraiser for your school, club or community group, try
selling the 2017 New Hampshire Wildlife calendar. All sales support the New
Hampshire Fish and Game Department's work conserving wildlife and wild
places, and your organization keeps $4.95 on each calendar sold. Ready to
get started?  Get your calendar sales kit for your group today at
www.wildnh.com/shop/calendar-fundraiser.html or call (603) 271-6355 to
request a group sales kit by mail or e-mail.