NEA-NH hosted our annual Spring Instructional Conference this past Saturday (April 2, 2016) at Concord High School! With 293 registrants and approximately 120 other partners and friends of education – presenters, vendors, and members of the Department of Education – participants learned about 19 organizations that can assist education professionals in their work for New Hampshire’s children. President Scott McGilvray led the keynote address, encouraging all in attendance to work together collaboratively, changing mindsets and breaking down barriers as we go.
Informative workshops were led by Reaching Higher New Hampshire (which brings together NH educators and businesses to support public education), the NH Bureau of Public Health Protection, McGregor Memorial Ambulance (who provides CPR classes for us at very inexpensive rates), the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and NH Agriculture in the Classroom…and many others. In addition to high-quality instructional techniques and wellness-building motivation strategies, the workshops also provided a forum to talk with statewide resources.
“In supporting each other, our work gets stronger and we continue to learn and grow professionally,” said Irv Richardson, Director of Public Education and School Support for NEA-New Hampshire.
Over twenty vendors gave away prizes or raised money for NEA-NH’s Children’s Fund and AppleCorps PAC. Dedicated NEA-NH committee members also held another food drive for End 68 Hours of Hunger. NEA-NH appreciates the generous kindness and great hosting by Concord High School staff, and the amazing volunteers from the HCR, ESP, PESS and especially the C&A Committees. An awesome group of motivated, cheerful teens from Concord’s National Honor Society helped staff pull everything together. The only thing that could have made the day better was EVEN MORE members being there! If you were there…we can’t wait to see you again!