NHDOE Professional Development/Learning Opportunities

posted Aug 13, 2017, 4:13 PM by Professional Learning
Legal Issues for School Nurses Seminar

The 2nd Legal Issues for School Nurses Seminar sponsored by the Office
of Student Wellness and the NH Department of Education is taking place
on Wednesday, August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Plymouth State
University, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord. This professional development
event will continue to answer questions, as well as review changes
from this recent legislative session. There is no cost. For more
information or to register please go to

Contact: Nancy Wells, (603) 271-2960, Nancy.Wells@doe.nh.gov

CS4NH Summit

K‐12 educators and allies, plan to join us for the second annual
CS4NH summit that will bring together NH and national experts, K‐12
and higher education teams, business industry representatives, and
policy drivers to share our common vision for K‐12 CS in NH. CS4NH
is about expanding K12 access to Computer Science education. This
event taking place, Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. -
3:30 p.m. at White Mountains Community College, Berlin, will include
workshops for a variety of user levels and will be a great opportunity
to learn more about integrating CS. There is no cost to participate.
Pre‐registration is required and space is limited on a first‐come,
first‐serve basis. To register go to bit.ly/cs4nh

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

School Nurse Essentials

This three-day workshop is being offered October 6th and 7th and March
10th. School Nurse Essentials, presented by the New Hampshire School
Nurses' Association in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department
of Education, is being held at the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord,
Register for one, two or all three days. To register or for more
information go to https://nhsna.wildapricot.org/event-2561416

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 conversation that will focus on open communication &
creating a space for learning & growth opportunities for all. The
facilitated conversation & activities will explore concepts of culture
& diversity that influence our practices in education & wellness. This
event is taking place December 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at
the NH Department of Education.

Contact; Michelle Myler, (603) 271-4018, Michelle.Myler@doe.nh.gov


New Hampshire Special Education Procedural Safeguards Handbook

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) requires
that school districts provide parents a copy of the procedural
safeguards (parental rights) only one time a school year. There are
additional times when a copy must be given: (1) upon initial referral
or parent request for evaluation; (2) upon receipt of the first State
complaint or the first due process complaint in a school year; (3)
when a decision is made to take a disciplinary action that constitutes
a change of placement; and (4) upon parent request. For more
information please see FY 2017 memo #34 at

Contact: Barbara J. Dauphinais, 603-271-3791
Barbara.Raymond@doe.nh.gov <mailto:Barbara.Raymond@doe.nh.gov>

Operation Prevention

To combat America's rapidly growing opioid and heroin epidemic, the
United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery
Education have partnered on a new joint nationwide education
initiative called Operation Prevention. Designed for middle and high
school students, educators and parents, Operation Prevention educates
students about the science behind drug addiction and its impact, and
includes resources that help initiate lifesaving conversations in the
home and classroom. The no-cost initiative offers standards-aligned
digital classroom resources including lesson plans, and a parent

In addition to this program, Discovery Education has over 30
partnerships in traditionally under resourced areas such as STEM,
health & wellness, college & career readiness and more---that are all
standards-aligned and available to schools and communities at no cost.
For a full listing of Discovery Education's free resources visit


Art Jam Bridge Fest/Guinness World Record

On September 23, 2017, Art Jam Bridge Fest in Manchester will launch
an expressive and interactive arts festival to raise awareness,
educate, and fundraise for the heroin/opioid/addiction crisis in NH.

The NH Department of Education and the Governor's Office would like to
join the event's organizers to spread a message of hope. One way to do
this is through a shared project -- such as aiming to set a Guinness
World Record. Butterflies represent hope. Imagine thousands of paper
butterflies in one location, each artfully decorated by its maker, to
illustrate the message of the day! This display at Art Jam Bridge Fest
could set the first-ever world record for the largest collection of
paper-crafted butterflies. Schools and youth of all ages can help us
reach that goal and be part of the Butterflies of Hope* *display.
Finished butterflies are due by September 14, 2017. For more
information go to http://artjambridgefest.com
or contact Lucie Chakmakas at (603) 669-5777 or
LChakmakas@manchesterrg.com <mailto:LChakmakas@manchesterrg.com>

The American Soldier, A Photographic Tribute, The Civil War to the War
in Iraq

The Wright Museum of World War II is hosting this exhibit until
October 31st. Culled from almost 4,000 photographs from private and
museum collections by curator and producer Cyma Rubin, this
photographic tribute focuses on the solders themselves. The exhibit
also celebrates the photographers and photojournalists who risked
their lives to record America's wars for the people at home. The
images provide glimpses into history as well as a record of the
development of photography. Photos range from posed ones from the
Civil War to action-packed ones taken by photographers embedded with
the soldiers and marines that make you feel part of the action. For
more information go to

*Assistive Technology (AT) After School Series*

By popular demand the ATinNH After School Series is back. The IOD
invites you to join them for these two-hour sessions and discover how
you can immediately implement new techniques to engage students in
interactive learning and a world of powerful apps to support
individuals with disabilities. There will also be a special session
where you can create customized solutions for your students. These
sessions are taking place September 20 & 27, 2017October 4, & 11,
2017 from 3:30 .p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the IOD Professional Development
Center, 56 Old Suncook Road, Concord. For more information or to
register go to http://www.iod.unh.edu/atafterschool

*Providing Remote Interactive Assistive Technology Services*

Everyone benefits from using remote video interactive services whether
on the receiving or the delivery end. This workshop will help you to
develop your own ideas for using interactive video conferencing to
personalize your AT services, save professional time, reduce the miles
you drive and expand the reach of your AT offerings. This workshop is
taking place September 26, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the
Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord. For more
information or to register go to http://www.iod.unh.edu/remoteat

NH's Manufacturing Week has expanded to Manufacturing Month

This year's NH Manufacturing Month will take place in October. High
school and middle school students may tour manufacturing sites, visit
postsecondary manufacturing programs, and learn about career &
technical education opportunities. NH CTE's and community colleges
will schedule open houses for students and members of the community to
learn about their advanced manufacturing programs. The Governor's
Advanced Manufacturing Summit is a highlight of the week's events. One
of the primary goals of NH Manufacturing Month is to provide students
with the opportunity to learn about advanced manufacturing and the
high-demand career opportunities this sector of the economy provides.
The Department of Education, and its partners, NH Manufacturing
Extension Partnership, NH Division of Economic Development, and NH
Community College System, have organized NH Manufacturing Week for the
last four years. If you are interested in scheduling a tour for your
students, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHMFG2017

Contact: Courtney Ritchings, (603) 271-3809,
Courtney.Ritchings@doe.nh.gov <mailto:Courtney.Ritchings@doe.nh.gov>

Annual TechWomen Ambassadors Week 2017

The NH High Tech Council's TechWomen|TechGirls committee is in
planning stages for the 3rd Annual TechWomen Ambassadors Week 2017 for
8th and 9th grade girls. This year the events will take place the week
of November 13 - 17, 2017. The theme is STEMspiration to Explore STEM
Careers. This one day, two hour event will take place at several high
schools across the state. TechWomen Ambassadors representing various
high tech industry sectors including aerospace, robotics, biotech,
computing, engineering, green tech offer their expertise and hands-on
demonstrations. Interested in hosting a TechWomen Ambassador Event at
your school this year? Contact Carol Miller, committee chair at (603)
271-2341 or email Carol at carol.miller@dred.nh.gov

LifeChanger of the Year Award

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program sponsored by National
Life Group that recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school
employees across the country. Our program celebrates those who are
making a significant difference in the lives of students by
exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Nominations for the 2017-2018 LifeChanger of the Year Program are now
open. For more information or to nominate someone please go to

Poetry Out Loud Program

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program that
encourages the nation's youth to learn great poetry. Through depth of
learning, memorization, and performance, the program helps students
master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about
their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud builds on the spoken word as
an art form, inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word,
contextual analysis, and theater into the classroom. In New Hampshire,
any high school — public, private, or parochial, as well as home
school groups — are welcomed to participate. There is no charge to
compete and materials are provided. For more information go to

Road Safety Kids' Art Contest

This contest lets children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages
5-12) use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how
to stay safe on the roads. This year's contest will run through
September 24th. The Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership along with the
Commercial Motor Vehicle Partnership will determine the winners in
October. For more information go to