Notes from Dr. Irv Richardson and Ally Snyder
NEA New Hampshire Public Education and School Support (PESS)
It’s been a busy year already in NEA-New Hampshire’s Public Education and School Support (PESS) Department! We are working to provide you, as a valued member of NEA-NH, multiple opportunities for professional learning – for your career enrichment, to boost job satisfaction, and to provide professional development (PD) hours. With Summer Leadership Week and NEA-New Hampshire’s 160th Fall Instructional Conference behind us, your PESS Department has been busy designing professional learning opportunities for you.
The NEA-New Hampshire Spring Instructional Conference will be held on Saturday, March 28 at Concord High School. This conference is open to all members and non-members. Last year NEA-New Hampshire combined the ESP Conference and the Beginning and Pre-Service Teacher Conferences, and expanded the offerings to appeal to additional NEA-NH members. The conference offers over 75 workshops on a variety of timely topics. You can view the workshop offerings and register for the conference online.
We recently completed a season of successful and very well-attended retirement planning seminars with Jeff Kantorowski and the Member Benefits team. We are offering another round of retirement seminars this spring at locations around the state. The Member Benefits team designed a new financial planning class in November for members who are at the beginning or middle of their careers, called “Get the Car, the House and the Trip without Losing Your Shirt: Making Financial Choices While You’re Making Money,” and we have plans to offer this seminar again in the future.
NEA-NH’s three-year grant for the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Consortium, with the Center for Assessment, is under way. New Hampshire plans to use student learning objectives designed by teachers to assess student progress rather than using a standardized test like some other states. Thirty of your co-workers and friends are currently knee-deep in schooling on this important topic. We are proud of their commitment and confident that they will turn into amazing mentors as your own districts chart the way through SLO territory. Irv and Ally will keep you posted on their progress.
We hosted a webinar with Attorneys Esther Dickinson and Steve Sacks on the new restraint law on November 5, and this garnered quite a bit of interest. In January, the PESS department and the NH Department of Education co-hosted a webinar on the new teacher support and evaluation requirements. These webinars were recorded and are posted in the Professional Development Online Resources section of the NEA-New Hampshire website. You must be logged in as a member to view these recordings.
The 2013-2014 Common Corps Project (in which we trained a cadre of experts around the college and career ready standards for mathematics and language arts) has been completed. This means you can ask for regional, district, or local association training on implementing college and career ready standards from great educators just like you who can guide your efforts. E-mail requests to Irv Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to planned conferences and workshops, PESS will bring training on topics you choose to your school or district throughout the year. Your local association president can request training. We also have a growing film library of inspirational movies on several education topics.
Be on the lookout for information later this spring regarding the Jim Sweeney Leaders’ Academy, June 25- 26, and NEA-NH’s Summer Leadership Week, August 3-7, 2015.
Don’t be a stranger! Please keep in touch with us so we can best meet YOUR needs. Irv Richardson, PESS Coordinator, email@example.com; (603) 224-7751 x317 and Ally Snyder, PESS Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org; (603) 224-7751 x316