NHDOE PD Opportunities

posted Jan 22, 2017, 5:57 PM by Professional Learning

New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI)
NHLI & NHDOE, in partnership with national education design lab
2Revolutions, are excited to announce a series of Innovation Studios across
the state, which will highlight cutting edge learning environments that
enable and foster personalization, competency-based progressions,
demonstration of mastery, and learner voice, choice, and autonomy. We hope
that these Innovation Studios will support deep connections with others and
provide you with the chance to directly apply the learning within your
specific context. At each school host site, participating educators will:
(1) Learn from and with their peers at innovation sites that are
demonstrating integrated approaches to the vision we seek through
observation and debrief (2) Take a deep dive into the host school’s
instructional and assessment model and explore relevant opportunities for
future collaborations and (3) Participate in a design session to help
develop or deepen work at your school/in your district around
topic-specific innovations. Our inaugural studio will take place on January
12, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield School District.
Please contact Jonathan Vander Els at jvanderels@nhlearninginitiative.org
with questions and visit www.nhlearninginitiative.org for updated

Local Compliance Plan/LAU Plan Workshop
New Hampshire Title III guidance states all school districts must develop a
comprehensive educational program that addresses the English language
acquisition needs of its identified English Learners to be in compliance
with Civil Rights obligations. This is known as a Local Compliance Plan
and/or LAU Plan. To assist districts with this requirement, the NH DOE’s
Title III & ESOL Office will be offering two-hour workshops designed to
help districts prepare and/or revise their LAU/Local Compliance Plans.
These workshops are taking place at the NH DOE, 101 Pleasant Street,
Concord, on:
•       January 31, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Snow date February 2)
•       February 7, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•       February 14, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Snow date February 16)

To register or for more information go to https://goo.gl/qk7Tuo.

Contact: Marie Blanchard, (603) 271-3196, Marielana.Blanchard@doe.nh.gov or
Aaron Hughes, (603) 271-2034, Aaron.Hughes@doe.nh.gov

OPEN NH Winter 2017 Session Online Professional Development Courses
Registrations are now being accepted for the OPEN NH Winter 2017 Session
courses. The seven week, 35 hour online professional development courses
begin on February 8th and continue through March 28th. The registration fee
for OPEN NH professional development courses is $130, with early bird fee
of $120 in effect through January 24, 2017.
The list of OPEN NH professional development courses offered during the
upcoming OPEN NH Sessions can be found on the website at www.opennh.org,
select Courses, select Current Course Schedule. OPEN NH offers a variety of
group discount deals for SAUs, districts, or schools. Graduate credits are
available through Plymouth State University at additional per credit cost
and registration fee. Course descriptions can be found on the website
www.opennh.org, select Courses from the left navigation bar. Online
registration is only available for individuals. District Cohorts at reduced
fees are also offered. Cohorts must use a single group registration form
via email to the OPEN NH Project Coordinator. Details for both procedures
are available on the website at www.opennh.org. 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.
Partnership Between NH e-Learning for Educators and Academy of Applied
Sciences to offer Courses throughout New England
The Academy of Applied Science and NH e-Learning for Educators have
expanded their partnership to include all New England Educators. The OPEN
NH program will offer the Academy’s project based design thinking course
online to all New England Educators through connections to the Departments
of Education in all New England States. Registrations are now open for the
OPEN NH Winter 2017 Session, which will run from February 8th and continue
through March 28th. In this session, OPEN NH is offering Full STEAM Ahead!
Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective Teaching Strategy through
Integration of a Project-based Invention Curriculum. The cost for OPEN NH
courses is $130 but there is a $120 Early Bird special rate for those who
register more than two weeks prior to the start of the session.
•       AS-01 Full STEAM Ahead! Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective
Teaching Strategy through Integration of a Project-based Invention
Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers and future teachers explore
the practical implementation of an invention unit into their curriculum
culminating in a school or classroom Invention Convention science fair
style event. The course examines useful reflective strategies, hands-on
learning approaches, and the application of Project-based learning (PBL)
concepts via action planning. The Design-thinking Process will be covered
including effectively utilizing Model-eliciting Activities (MEAs) to help
students conceptualize their ideas and be innovative.
Updates on the Winter Session courses and registration information can be
found on the ET News blog at

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

Competency-Based Education: Conference on Student Centered Learning
This one-day conference is designed for K-12 teachers and school
administrators, and features a keynote address by Susan Patrick, president
and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12
Online Learning, and a luncheon address by Joe DiMartino, founder and
president of the Center for Secondary School Redesign. For information and
to register, visit www.learn.unh.edu/competency. This conference is taking
place Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua from 8:20
a.m.-4:00 p.m.


NH Schoolyard Action Grant Applications
Are you an educator with a project in mind to involve students in enhancing
the schoolyard for wildlife habitat, connect students with the outdoors,
and integrate nature into student learning in line with the curricula?
Grants from the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants are
now available for schools with students from pre-kindergarten through grade
twelve to help fund such nature-based projects. Schoolyard Action Grant
applications are being accepted through January 30, 2017.  For more
information and a grant application, please visit:

EdNews Round-up: Education under a New Administration
The Students At The Center Hub have gathered a few articles that provide
insights, as well as a list of education resources for students, educators,
and families to learn more about, and reflect on, our electoral process and
civics in general. To view the articles and resources go to

conference/workshops, and misc.)

New Hampshire School Nurse of the Year
NHSNA is beginning our search for the next New Hampshire School Nurse of
the Year. Please help in this endeavor by nominating a school nurse who
exemplifies excellence in school nursing in your district. We appreciate
your help in acknowledging the important role that excellence in school
nursing plays in education. This award recognizes an outstanding school
nurse for her contributions to the school and community.  To be eligible
for this award your school nurse must meet the following criteria:
•       Is a registered professional nurse
•       Has been practicing school nursing for a minimum of three (3) years
•       Is a current member of NHSNA, as well as a member last year (two
consecutive years)
•       Shows evidence of excellence in school nursing practice
Nomination forms can be accessed online at the NHSNA web page,
https://nhsna.wildapricot.org/. For questions, contact Kathy Barth at
Kathy.barth@crossroadsacademy.org. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday,
February 1, 2017.

Unsung Hero Awards 2017
Help celebrate parents for the 10th year celebration of Unsung Hero Awards!
A parent is defined as a dual parent, single parent, or grandparent, foster
or adoptive parent. Nominate a parent who shows strength with one or all of
these protective factors:
•       Parental Resilience: Overcoming everyday stress and bouncing back.
•       Social Connections: Having people who know and support them.
•       Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Where to find out about
parenting skills and developmental growth.
•       Concrete Support in Times of Need: Knowing where to turn for help.
•       Social and Emotional Competence: Knowing how to help their children
talk about their feelings
To nominate someone or for more information go to

Lights, Camera, Action!
The New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism would like to invite New
Hampshire fourth grade classes to participate in the 2017 Class Act Video
Awards.  While creating a 60-second video that promotes New Hampshire as a
four season vacation destination, students will learn about the state and
why people should visit. Prizes will be awarded for the top three videos
and the winning video will be featured on Visit New Hampshire’s website
and social media channels. Deadline for submission is February 16, 2017.
For complete contest rules visit
http://www.visitnh.gov/welcome-to-nh/classactvideoawards/. If you have any
questions, please contact Laura Harty at laura.harty@dred.nh.gov or (603)

National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)
Applications are now open for the 2017 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.

2017 NH High School Short Film Festival
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, 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.

Family-to-Family Course
If you have taken Family-to-Family, you know that families complete the
course feeling more hopeful and connected to supports. Family-to-Family is
an evidence based program that provides participants with a relaxed,
trusting and safe environment where they can develop the insight, skills
and emotional understanding they need to support the recovery of their
loved one. This course is free and is open to family members and friends of
adults with mental illness. You do not need any teaching experience, just a
willingness to share information with other families. Statewide trainers,
Norma and Scott Smith, will train new teachers on Friday, January 27
through Sunday, January 29, 2017. Go to
http://www.naminh.org/we-educate/family-education/family-family for more
information or learn about the responsibility and requirements by having an
honest, no-pressure conversation with Liz Hodgkins at (603) 225-5359, ext.
322 or lhodgkins@naminh.org.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
You are more likely to encounter someone—friend, family member, student,
neighbor—in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart
attack. YMHFA teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young
people showing signs of a mental illness or in crisis, and connect them
with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone
can take the 8-hour course, but it is ideally designed for people age 16
and older who interact regularly with young people, ages 12-18. The course
teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of
mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety,
depression, psychosis, eating disorders, and substance use disorder.
Participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a
mental illness or in an emotional crisis. The next training session will be
January 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Toby Building, 45 Fruit
Street, Concord. For more information go to

Contact:  Kattie Mc Kinnon, (603) 271-3947, Kathryn.McKinnon@doe.nh.gov

Google Educator Training Series at Keene State College
This series is focused on the classroom teacher or school administrator,
but will be just as valuable to anyone who wants to improve their
productivity, communication, organization and research. Each session will
have a primary focus and there will be lots of hands-on time to work with
the Google services.  A certificate of completion will be sent to you
following each stand-alone workshop. All workshops will be held from 4:30
p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Keene State College.
•       Gmail and Google Calendar – Thursday, January 12, 2017
•       Google Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets and Collaboration – Thursday,
January 19, 2017
•       Google Forms & Presentations – Thursday, January 26, 2017
Cost is $30 per session. For more information or to register go to
https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=22535 or contact
the Continuing Education Office at (603) 358-2290 or

Basic School Resource Officer (SRO) Course
The National Association of School Resource Officers Basic SRO Course is a
forty-hour (40) block of instruction designed for law enforcement officers
and school safety professionals working in an educational environment and
with school administrators. The course provides tools for officers to build
positive relationships with both students and staff. The course is also
beneficial for educational professionals dedicated to providing a safe
learning environment and provides a more in-depth understanding of the role
and functions of an SRO. The course emphasizes three main areas of
instructions: Law Enforcement Function; Mentoring Students; and Guest
Speaking Attendees will gain a solid working knowledge of the School
Resource Officer concept and how to establish a lasting partnership with
their schools. This is a five day training that takes place February 20-24,
2017 at
SAU 7, Project Aware in Colebrook. To resister go to