Matching funds available for innovative classroom projects
by Christina Pretorius
New Hampshire’s public schools are one of our most precious civic assets. Reaching Higher NH brings together teachers, parents, community members, and businesses to support our schools, giving all New Hampshire children the opportunity to prepare for college, career, and civic life in the 21st century. We’re committed to high standards through engaging and exciting learning strategies, that put students at the center and incorporate real, authentic learning into student accountability. By coming together, we can advocate for our public schools at both the state and local level to support the great work that you are doing.
There are exciting things happening in New Hampshire, from classroom innovations through project-based learning, to the first-of-its-kind Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) program. But for these programs to work, they need the support of communities, parents, school leaders, and legislators, and that is Reaching Higher’s goal.
We’re bringing communities together, having exciting discussions about the future of education using award-winning films like “Most Likely to Succeed” as a springboard for conversation. We’re educating the public on PACE, which has gained national attention as a model for student accountability that allows for locally-developed, competency-based project assessments rather than “one-size-fits-all” testing models. We’re emphasizing the importance of 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and adaptability – skills that are essential to succeeding in today’s changing economy.
In schools around the state, teachers are leading the charge in bringing innovative, exciting learning strategies to the classroom. Reaching Higher is taking notice of your work, and we want to help. That’s why we introduced the Pace Setter Classroom Project matching grants, where we’ll match up to $300 for your innovative classroom project that incorporates the personalized, competency-based learning that encourages 21st century skill building.
We know that your job as a teacher is as challenging as it is rewarding. That’s why we’re here to support you, whether it’s in the community or in the classroom.
Projects should encourage students to take ownership of their learning and encourage goal-setting, self-assessment, complex real-world problem solving, effective communication, and collaboration.
Visit www.ReachingHigherNH.org for more information on our initiatives, grant opportunities, events, and more. Or contact Sarah Aiken, Director of Community Engagement, via firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.