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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.

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 5-9, 2019 – SUMMER LEADERSHIP WEEK. Members-only training on creating and sustaining a healthy union. FREE to members – don’t miss it! Registration is open; deadline July 21.

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.

There are limited slots, so be sure to apply to qualify to attend at no cost to your school (Grades 6-12, Grades K-5)

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 kcorbett@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0644.



Changes in Paraeducator 1 Certification Process Have Many Asking Questions

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

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Community Coalition Fights to Save Local Schools

Keep Woodsville Open coalition using live-streaming and other tools to keep residents informed When the residents and educators in Haverhill learned there was a movement to convince officials and voters to send the town’s children to Vermont for school to avoid paying for needed repairs on their own schools, they went to work. Concerned citizens, along with current and former students, came together to discuss the funding needed for upgrades and updates at Woodsville Elementary School and Woodsville High School.  Out of these discussions, the Keep Woodsville Open (KWO) coalition

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Healthy Living Series Symposium – Concussions: Risks, Realities, and Reforms

Join us for an important Concussion Symposium Concussions are far more serious than just a bump on the head. Join WMUR Sports Anchor, Jason King, as he moderates our panel of esteemed experts in a discussion on concussions. Michael McCann, Legal Analyst for Sports llustrated and journalist, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UNH Law and Professor of Law at the UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI). Matt Chatham, Retired linebacker for the New England Patriots who contributed to three of the Patriots’ Super Bowl victories. Dr. Bill Storo, Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital

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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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