NHDOE Professional Development

posted Dec 4, 2016, 3:45 PM by Professional Learning

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.

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 studios will take place at the
following locations:
•       December 13th, 2016 @ 1:00-4:00pm: Parker-Varney Elementary School
(Deeper Learning/Project-Based Learning)
•       January 12th, 2017 @ 1:00-4:00pm: Pittsfield School District
(Competency-Based Learning/Deeper Assessment)
Please contact Jonathan Vander Els at jvanderels@nhlearninginitiative.org
with questions and visit www.nhlearninginitiative.org for updated

Girls Technology Day 2017
Preregistration is now available for Girls Technology Day 2017!  This year
there are three locations and dates to choose from:
•       Tuesday, March 14th  at NHTI in Concord;
•       Thursday, March 16th at UNH in Durham; and
•       Friday, March 17th at MCC in Manchester.
To preregister your 9th and 10th grade students for an event, please go to
www.nhgirlstechnologyday.com.  Preregistering allows you to state your
preference for a location and date and tells us how many students you will
be bringing.

Contact: Courtney Ritchings, (603) 271-3809, Courtney.Ritchings@doe.nh.gov
or Jennifer Kiley, (603) 271-3535, Jennifer.Kiley@doe.nh.gov


Military Child Education Coalition
The mission of the Military Child Education Coalition is to ensure
inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military and
veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, and family
separation. For more information about this organization and the services
they provide go to www.militarychild.org.


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,
www.nhschoolnurses.org. For questions, contact Kathy Barth at
Kathy.barth@crossroadsacademy.org. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday,
February 1, 2017.

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 Class Act Video Awards page at
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)

LifeChanger of the Year
LifeChanger of the Year program is an annual program, sponsored by the
National Life Group Foundation, that honors K-12 public and private school
educators and employees from around the country who are making a difference
in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and
leadership. Last year, LifeChanger of the Year recognized more than 600
teachers and school employees from all 50 states.
Nominating someone is easy to do. There is no cost and anyone—including
parents, administrators, school colleagues, students (with approval from an
adult), and other members of the community—can nominate any full-time
K-12 public or private school employee. Each nominee is celebrated in
various ways and has the opportunity to be considered for the grand prize
of $10,000 to be split with the winner and their school. Nominating a
teacher or school employee as a LifeChanger of the Year is great way to
make them feel special and acknowledges their hard work. Additional details
can be found on the LifeChanger of the Year website at

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. To apply or for more information go
to http://apply.nysc.org.

ME, NH, & VT Project Lead The Way Conference
NHTI is an affiliate college for Project Lead The Way, and is pleased to
host this annual conference, featuring the latest information about PLTW.
Learn all about the PLTW K-12 curricular programs in engineering, computer
science and biomedical science from PLTW educators and students. The agenda
includes choices for each session, so there will be topics of interest to
everyone, whether you've been involved with PLTW for ten years, one year,
or this is the very first you've heard of the curriculum. We recommend as
much participation as possible from your school district. The PLTW
curriculum engages students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems;
empowers them to solve real-world challenges; and inspires them to
reimagine how they see themselves. PLTW courses are aligned with the Common
Core and Next Generation Science Standards. There is no cost for this
conference and lunch will be included. It is taking place Friday, January
13, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at NHTI, Concord’s Community
College. To register go to
https://www.nhti.edu/pltw-conference-registration or contact: Joe
Cunningham at NHTI : jcunningham@nhti.edu or Mary Laturnau, Director of
School Engagement: ME, NH,VT- mlaturnau@pltw.org for more information.

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—6:00 pm at Keene State College.
•       Intro to the Google Suite of Apps and Services – Thursday, January
5th, 2017
•       Gmail and Google Calendar – Thursday, January 12th, 2017
•       Google Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets and Collaboration – Thursday,
January 19th, 2017
•       Google Forms & Presentations – Thursday, January 26th, 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

2017 Summer Institute on Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Identity and
Education for Democratic Citizenship
The Summer Institute introduces participants to the study of the Holocaust
and genocide in the 21st Century while focusing on multidisciplinary
pedagogical approaches, genocide prevention, and lessons for democratic
citizenship. Break-out sessions are designed for returning participants.
The institute will take place July 16-22 at Keene State College. To
register or for more information go to
http://www.keene.edu/academics/ah/cchgs/teach/institute/ or contact Tom
White at twhite@keene.ed or (603) 358-2746.

Project Dragonfly
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2017
Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in
16 countries throughout the world. For more information go to
www.earthexpeditions.org. Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global
Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses
worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the
GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Fisher Cats Educational Days
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have announced the team’s Educational Days
for the
2017 season. Schools can choose from the following games:
•       April 12th (10:35 a.m.)
•       May 24th (10:35 a.m.)
•       June 7th (10:35 a.m.)

Join schools from across the region as they take part in an educational
setting while attending a professional baseball game. The Fisher Cats
encourage you to plan your lesson plans around your field trip to the park.
While at the game there will be: Interactive educational material on our
video board; Pre-Game educational activities on the field; Educational
exhibits and entertainment on the concourse; and historical characters
walking around the stadium.

Tickets for this event are offered at a special rate and vary from $6-$9.
For more information or to book your group go to
or contact Stephanie Fournier at (603) 641-2005, ext. 105 or email

Leadership Development Program of the Year
On October 3, 2016 the MY TURN Manufacturing Program was named Leadership
Development Program of the Year at the Rising Star Awards, an initiative of
Stay Work Play.  The award is given each year to an outstanding and
innovative program aimed at a young audience in NH that helps those under
40 propel their personal and professional growth.  The MY TURN
Manufacturing Program was developed in response to the shortage of skilled
labor plaguing the manufacturing sector in NH and across the country.  The
purpose of the program is to provide young people with the academic,
employment, and leadership skills necessary to become viable candidates for
entry-to-mid level, career ladder, employment in the greater Nashua
manufacturing community.  This program is funded through a contract with NH
Department of Education utilizing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
(WIOA) Grant Funds.  For more information about the MY TURN Manufacturing
program contact Allison Joseph ajoseph@my-turn.org (603) 321-3416. For more
information about the WIOA programs and opportunities contact Kim Runion
kim.runion@doe.nh.gov (603) 271-3805.