The New Hampshire state Board of Education recently voted to adopt changes in the certification requirements for paraeducators “The Department of Education has really degraded Para 1 certification to the basic minimum required to be employed,” said Jill Owens, NEA-NH Executive Board member and Education Support Professional in Hampstead. “When our paras first became certified after working to fill out the Competency form required under the old rule, they had a whole new view of their capabilities and worth. It is hard to put into words, but their job became
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.
Current & Upcoming Events
July 9-11, 2019 The NHLI/NEA-NH Powerful Learning Conference, held in Bow.
Please join us for the 2019 Powerful Learning Conference, brought to you by the New Hampshire Learning Initiative, New Hampshire Department of Education, NEA-New Hampshire, the Center for Assessment, Motivis Learning, Southern New Hampshire University, and the National Center for Innovation in Education. Learn or deepen your existing knowledge about how to use research-based tools and processes to design high-quality performance tasks and rubrics. Educators and school leaders will leave the workshop with high-quality performance tasks, as well tools and a plan for continuing this work in their own schools. District and state leaders will learn how to create policy structures to implement and sustain this work in their schools. Build support by bringing a team for this collaborative learning experience! THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS: June 21, 2019. Registration costs $375, which covers 16.5 professional development hours and breakfast/lunch for all three days. The cost is pro-rated for one or two days.
August 5-6, 2019 – JIM SWEENEY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. If you are interested in attending this training for new or emerging local association leaders, contact Bobbi-Jo Michael ASAP with your name, email, local association name, and role.
October 11, 2019 – SAVE THE DATE for THE FALL INSTRUCTIONAL CONFERENCE. Ninety workshops to enhance your professional practice, instruction, life, and understanding of your students and their needs. Registration opens in August/September.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR YOUR PD: Remember we have a PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY OF BOOKS AND FILMS that you can borrow for two weeks at a time. Contact Ally Snyder for details.
Also, please check out the box below called OTHER EDUCATION RESOURCES. It has a wealth of links you might want to investigate.
NEA-New Hampshire member Joan Boisvert shared the results of her recent survey on student mental health issues and the actions that NEA-New Hampshire will be taking to assist educators in addressing student mental health issues.
Computer Science Opens Doors of Opportunity
Every student can benefit from a foundational understanding of the creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving that goes behind the technology we use in our daily lives.
Code.org and UNH STEM Teachers’ Collaborative are offering workshops at no cost to many teachers and schools, to prepare existing teachers to become computer science teachers. This program has shown tremendous success (and rave reviews by teachers) across the country.
And, if you have any questions about this program, UNH STEM Teacher’s Collaborative (Code.org’s local partner) is here to help.
C3 Framework Teachers Workshop
Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2019, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord, NH
For all educators who teach social studies—learn or deepen your understanding of the C3 Framework in this series of workshops led by Professor John Lee, coauthor of Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies. The Inquiry Design Model™ (IDM) is a unique approach to instruction based on an inquiry arc, as laid out in the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. IDMs offer a means for authentic and well-informed student participation on issues that are relevant to kids today. As more and more teachers are becoming familiar with IDMs, they are finding that investing in inquiry in the classroom creates independent learners who engage with material rather than reliant students who receive information.
These workshops are offered by grade span: high school educators: August 5–6, 2019 (two full days) at $350 per person; elementary school educators: August 7, 2019 (one full day) at $90 per person; middle school educators: August 8–9, 2019 (two full days) at $350 per person.
The C3 Framework workshops are offered by the New Hampshire Historical Society and cosponsored by the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at Eventbrite.com. For questions or more information, contact Professional Development Coordinator Katie Corbett at email@example.com or 603-856-0644.