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NEA-NH offers several conferences and workshops throughout the year to provide opportunities for members to increase their skills, learn new education concepts, and earn Professional Development credits.


As keynote at the NEA-NH Fall Instructional Conference, John T. Broderick, Jr. discusses the Change Direction New Hampshire non-political, nonpartisan mental health awareness campaign that he co-chairs with Peter Evers, CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health and Dr. Bill Gunn, Chair of Behavioral Health at Concord Hospital.

Spring 2017 Retirement Planning Seminar Dates

We all hope for a well-deserved retirement with financial security. NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits are pleased to present seminars to help you plan and prepare. A well-planned retirement can result in fiscal security, but there are many factors to consider. Come and learn how to take full advantage of the resources available to you. Registration for this seminar is $10 for NEA-NH members plus one guest at no extra cost. We will review many pieces of the retirement puzzle, including: The NH Retirement System Medicare Financial Planning NEA Member

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NH Department of Education Messages

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

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Professional Development Activity Update

NEA-NH’s Public Education & School Support (PESS) Happenings by Dr. Irv Richardson and Ally Snyder Summer Leadership Week NEA-NH hosted an excellent week of trainings, August 1-5, 2016, offering 29 classes to 119 members – some of whom attended workshops during each day of the leadership week. Many of the classes were presented by our own staff and board members. Though four classes were cancelled due to low class registrations, we added two Grievance Processing sessions as well as an entire day (August 22) of Collective Bargaining training because the

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More than 290 Attend Spring Instructional Conference

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

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Teacher Pipeline Still Drying Up

Peter Greene Teacher and writer; blogger, curmudgucation.blogspot.com There has never been a lower percentage of college freshmen interested in teaching. This comes courtesy of UCLA’s annual survey of first time freshmen, a survey that has been collecting data for about fifty years. You can read the full survey results in a report here. There are several interesting takeaways from the survey, including the finding that today’s freshmen are more likely to protest than any freshmen in quite a while. Also, they feel financially strapped (especially women), less connected to a particular religion, and very focused on job prospects. Also, LGBTQ students are far more likely than their straight peers to feel overwhelmed and depressed. But for the education world, the most striking data comes from the survey question asking in

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Retirement Planning Seminars Announced

NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits invite you to attend one of our Retirement Planning Seminars. We will offer six seminars this spring, in March and April, 2016. (There will be additional seminars in the fall.) Each seminar is open to NEA-NH members and one free guest of their choosing. The registration fee is $10, which helps defray the cost. Seminars will run from 4-6 pm, with light refreshments provided. Each meeting is first come first serve, so REGISTER ASAP! For information on the Spring 2016 seminars, choose one of the links below: Concord 3/16/16  Manchester 3/23/16  Wolfeboro 3/30/16  Plymouth 4/7/16  Portsmouth 4/14/16  New London 4/19/16  We hope to see you at one of these informative seminars!

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South Central Spring Workshops Announced

The South Central Region Spring Workshops for 2016 are scheduled to take place March 28, 29, and April 6 and 21 at the NEA-NH Manchester Office in the Brady Sullivan Tower at 1750 Elm Street, Suite 201B in Manchester.   Seating is limited and RSVP’s are due by Monday, March 14.  RSVP’s can be sent to Karen Heavener at 603-715-9311 or by email to kheavener@nhnea.org.  In your RSVP please indicate which session you plan to attend and the name of your local.   Download the Spring Workshop Flyer for complete descriptions of the courses offered. Monday, March 28, 4 pm to 6 pm: Workers’ Comp – Know Your Rights, presented by Anne Rice, Esq., Rice LAw Office, PLLC Tuesday, March 29, 5 pm to 7 pm: Liability and Advocacy Issues, presented

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NEA-NH Partners With The VIVA Project

Project Seeks to Gather, Amplify and Implement Your Ideas and put the (Yo)u back in Union. NEA-NH is using ground-breaking technology to put the (yo)u back in Union. “We want to build the union you want and need, said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “We can only do that if we work together.” Tapping into the power of technology and your collective wisdom, the NEA-NH leadership team has created a new kind of partnership amongst members, and between members and their leaders, at the local and statewide level. “Some call this ‘crowd-sourcing’,” said Phil Sherwood, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Organizing for NEA-NH. “We call it common sense for any professional association.” This initiative uses a cutting edge web-based platform to gather, focus and amplify valuable input from classrooms and turn

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Top 5 Actions Schools Can Take to Prevent Substance Misuse

The Prevention Taskforce of the NH Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in collaboration with the NH Department of Education has recently released a white paper titled, “The Top 5: Actions schools can take to help prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.” These recommendations are the result of a lengthy review of federal, state and local best practices, State level data, and community input. They build upon the ideas set forth in the 2013 State Plan: Collective Action-Collective Impact. “The rising rates of youth substance abuse remind us that the heroin and substance abuse crisis is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our state,” Governor Hassan said. “We must continue to work together to protect our youth from the dangers of substance abuse

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