MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER
As you take time to rest over the holidays, let us take the time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for.
It is comforting to know there are so many dedicated educators helping New Hampshire’s students to be successful. All of the achievements this year would not have been possible without people like you. I am grateful for your caring and passionate commitment to New Hampshire’s students.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy Holiday Season! And may your New Year be filled with warmth, strength and love.
Let’s work together to make 2017 the best it can be.
Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D.
MEET THE SUPERINTENDENTS
John Freeman currently serves as superintendent of schools for the Pittsfield School District, a position that he has held for eight years. He was a classroom teacher of students in grades two, four, five, six, and seven. He also served as a teacher of students identified as special needs students as well as gifted and talented students. Additionally, he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate college and university levels as an adjunct instructor of communications, education, and literature courses.
Dr. Freeman provided leadership in transforming the Pittsfield schools from underperforming, traditional classrooms to successful student-centered learning environments. Change is hard for any organization and its success depends on effective communication and engagement. This meant working closely with parents, business leaders, and community members to make a plan that would suit not only teachers and students, but all stakeholders.
Freeman wrote: When communities are engaged in the learning process, students, teachers, parents, and the community at large flourish. There are three central components to engagement, wrote Freeman: LEADERSHIP – In this case, leadership means influencing people on both sides of our school walls to alter their assumptions about family and community engagement. MODEL OF ENGAGEMENT – To actualize these so-far vague ideas, we’ll need to create or adopt a model of engagement and consider how it would be applied to our individual school settings. PERSONALIZATION – Once we have established a model with defined options, the potential for personalizing opens up.
The collaboration between the school and community has resulted in a design that focuses on increased academic achievement, greater student ownership for learning, work/study skills and social/emotional learning, changing adult roles and systems, and community engagement. The schools are demonstrating growth along a range of success measures.
Dr. Freeman earned his an M.A. in English from Seton Hall University; an M.Ed. in education from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Marion Lovett of Claremont and Dennis Ruprecht of North Haverhill were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week. Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship
Marion is the School Board Student Representative for Claremont High School. She is also president of the Student Athletic Association. She works countless hours for her community. For the past three years she has been the team leader in a fundraising event for the victim of sexual/domestic abuse. In elementary school she organized a fun run to raise money for the people of Haiti and to pay the funeral expenses for a local family. She comes from a civic minded family which has imbued in her an appreciation of government and citizenship. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree she is interested in a position that will enable her to give back.
Dennis has been a member of the Student Council at Woodsville High School since 2013. He is also active in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and serves as the President of the Woodsville Chapter and acting president of the NH FBLA. Denny is interested in environmental issues. He helped to make the school cafeteria greener by using reusable trays and silverware and he provided people in the community with recycle bins that he picked up himself. He plans to study political science at George Washington University or Saint Michael’s College and would like to join the Peace Corps after receiving his degree.
Title I Distinguished Schools
The Department of Education is pleased to announce that two New Hampshire schools will be recognized as National Title I Distinguished Schools. Mason Elementary School (Mason, NH) and New Franklin School (Portsmouth, NH) are being recognized for their hard work and dedication to improve and increase learning for all students. Both schools have shown tremendous commitment to their students, which has resulted in increased scores in reading and mathematics on standardized assessments, as well as a decrease in the achievement gap. The Department is proud of the leadership, teachers, students and communities for their efforts in supporting students and learning. For more information go to www.Titlei.org.
Contact: Christopher Motika, (603) 271-6052, Christopher.Motika@doe.nh.gov
CREDENTIALING, SINGLE-SIGN ON, AND EDUCATOR INFORMATION SYSTEM
Email contacts for the Bureau of Credentialing
The Bureau has two common mailboxes to facilitate general communications and collecting documents to support the application process.
For General Questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Document Submissions such as transcripts, out-of-state credentials, test scores and resumes that are needed to process applications may be sent in PDF format to email@example.com.
(The credentialing.docs mailbox is NOT for the IPDP’s for alternatives 4 and 5 which are to be uploaded directly into EIS by the districts.)
Accessing Single-Sign On (SSO) & the Educator Information System (EIS)
District i4see coordinators are able to assist educators with some of the common problems accessing the SSO. The list of i4see coordinators is located at the following link. Logging into SSO periodically will avoid the need to reactivate accounts which will get disabled if not used regularly.
The Department of Education’s SSO helpdesk is firstname.lastname@example.org
For educators having difficulty accessing the EIS please contact email@example.com
Alternative 4 or Alternative 5 Beginning of Plans (BOP’s)
Thank you to the many districts and candidates with timely submissions of Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) for the alternative pathways this fall. Copies of Statements of Eligibility and requests for clarification on the IPDP will come to candidates and districts via email. Candidates can log in to their EIS account to view images and see if plans/amendments have been received. Plans will be processed as soon as possible.
In School Youth/Out of School Youth
The New Hampshire Department of Education seeks proposals to provide employment and training services to youth who are out-of-school with specific barriers between the ages of l6-24 inclusively and low income youth with barriers to employment who are in-school-youth ages 14-21 inclusively. Approximately $1,280,000 is anticipated to be reserved for these Requests for Proposals respectively for Program Year 17 through Program Year 21. These funds are l00% federally funded through the Workforce Investment Act of l998 and its amendments (2014), Title I – Youth. Proposal materials may be obtained from the following website: www.nhworks.org. The proposal due date is 3:00 p.m. on January 13, 2017.
Contact: Kim Runion, (603) 271-3805, Kim.Runion@doe.nh.gov
Improving Social Emotional Outcomes (for Preschool Children with Disabilities) Through Complementary Infrastructure and Leadership
The New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is seeking proposals to provide services of an evaluator to complete Phase Three of a multi-year evaluation project.
Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: Friday, January 20, 2017
Contact: Barbara Dauphinais, 603-271-3791, Barbara.Raymond@doe.nh.gov