Monthly Archives: September 2022

NH Implements Holocaust and Genocide Education Mandate

Press Release from NH State Senator Jay Kahn The NH state legislature established in 2020 a requirement that an adequate education incorporate “knowledge of civics and government, economics, geography, history, and Holocaust and genocide education to enable student to participate in the democratic process and to make informed choices as responsible citizens.” (RSA 193-E:2)  That legislation also established a Commission on Holocaust and Genocide Education “to study best practices for teaching students how intolerance, bigotry, antisemitism, and national, ethnic, racial, or religious hatred and discrimination have evolved in the past, and can evolve into mass violence and genocide, such as […]

Join Us In-Person for the 2022 Fall Instructional Conference

Please join us for the 2022 NEA-NH Fall Instructional Conference IN PERSON on Friday, October 7, 2022 at Bow High School. The brochure of classes is available online or you can download and print a copy your, and your bulletin boards and break rooms. Be sure to check out the two certification programs we are offering that day too (pgs. 5-6)! The deadline is tight so please register ASAP to get your classes! The registration deadline is Weds, Sept. 28 at midnight but workshops close as they become full!This event gives you 5.5 CEU hrs (or up to 6.5 if […]

Defending Our Divisive Concepts Lawsuit This Week

NEA-NH, the ACLU of New Hampshire, AFT-New Hampshire, DEI Administrators Christina Philibotte and Andres Mejia, and others sued Commissioner Frank Edelblut and other state officials challenging New Hampshire’s unconstitutional classroom censorship law, which discourages public school teachers from teaching and talking about race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and gender identity in the classroom. The state moved to dismiss this lawsuit and a hearing will be held on that motion on Wednesday September 14, 2022. NEA-NH has been fighting multiple bills, Moms for Liberty, and Commissioner Edelblut to ensure our students are taught an honest education. It is our shared belief […]

The Solution to a Political Problem Can Be Found at the Ballot Box

Many New Hampshire schools started the new school year with fewer educators than they ended with in June. Some schools still face critical shortages in key areas. Educators across the state are optimistic as always about the prospects of the new year, and are anxious to get back into our classrooms with our students, but we all wonder how we got here, will things get any worse, and what can we do to make it better? As summer vacation memories fade, the nightmare of last year’s teacher loyalty bills, divisive concepts laws, gun violence in schools and Commissioner Edelblut’s constant […]

The Art of Finding Your Voice

New Hampshire Global Learning Fellow finding strength in diversity and art By G. Strout, NEA-NH Communications At a time when discussions on race, diversity and inclusion in New Hampshire’s classrooms are being silenced, we can find some hope and good news. Somayeh Kashi, a Middle School Art Educator at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, has been named a 2023 Global Learning Fellow from the state of New Hampshire. They could not have chosen a more enthusiastic and worthy applicant than Somayeh. Somayeh Kashi is an art educator at Rundlett Middle school, a professional artist, and first generation American. Her family […]

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President’s Letter: Vote Your Future

I’ll say it again; I never tire of telling people how proud I am of all our members and the dedication you show in the face of adversity. No matter what our Education Commissioner, any elected official, or detractor says about us or the work we do, we know the truth. We know there is nothing we wouldn’t do to be sure our students, our children, are safe, welcomed, and supported so they can become the success story that is inside each one of them. Each year we say elections matter, and this year it couldn’t be more true. In […]