Speak Up News for January 2018

logo_clearbackgroundHappy Speak Up Appreciation Week!

SpeakUp Survey Deadline Extended!

We have heard from a number of districts who have been navigating snow (and cold weather!) days. In response to their requests, we are extending the deadline for Speak Up 2017 participation to January 26, 2018. Everyone can take advantage of that extra week!

In honor of Speak Up Appreciation Week (this week), we are also announcing two NEW opportunities to for us thank some of those who are sharing their time and opinions. See below for more on how teachers and school communications officers can win $250 grants!

We are also extending the deadlines for all of this years challenges – our photo and video classroom challenges, and our design challenge for high school students. Please help spread the word about this opportunities! Continue reading

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OPEN NH Winter Session Course Schedule and Registration Information

wintertreeWinter Session 2018 February 7 – March 27

Celebrating our 11th year of quality professional development!

Register for Winter 2018 OPEN NH Courses Here!

Courses are $130 for 35 PD hours.  Register early and save $10.00.  Early Bird Special offer ends on January 23, 2018.

Session Course Status
The following courses are  Scheduled to RUN:

  • AS-01 Full STEAM Ahead! Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective Teaching Strategy through Integration of a Project-based Invention Curriculum
  • BP-06 School Policies for 21st Century Learning
  • BP-07 Using an Online Professional Learning Community to Support Teacher Leadership Development
  • CE-05 Developing Competencies for Standards-Based Instruction
  • CE-10 Game-Based Learning
  • CE-12 Implementing Digital Learning in Your School or District
  • LT-06 ESOL Literacy Development 1 – Reading
  • LT-09 Literacy Coaching for the 21st Century
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Next Generation Approaches to Certifying Student Readiness for Future Success

Meaningful qualifications are credentials and degrees awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the skills, knowledge and dispositions students need for success in higher education, the modern workforce and in life. More meaningful qualifications can motivate students, improve college persistence and graduation rates, reduce retraining costs for employers and promote lifelong learning.

This post highlights New Zealand as an example of an education system that effectively uses qualifications frameworks to make credentials more meaningful to students, educational institutions and employers. It also highlights how Vermont is using proficiency-based graduation requirements to lend more meaning to credentials in that state. Continue reading

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It’s National SpeakUp Week! Don’t miss the Opportunity to SpeakUp!

logo_clearbackgroundIt’s National SpeakUp Week!  Don’t miss the opportunity to SpeakUp!

If you missed the webinar for NH on December 6 by Project Tomorrow leader, Julie Evans, here is the link to the recording:

The surveys are open through January 19, 2018, so there is still time to collect valuable data about your school community.  In the webinar, Julie explains how the data collected through the SpeakUp survey is owned by your district and will be returned to your district in February.  The survey, along with the data collected, can be used as a needs assessment for your schools and can be instrumental in developing and planning for school programs, professional development opportunities, and additional school initiatives, like making your schools future ready.  It’s budget season, and soon applications for ESSA grant funds will be due.  Data is a great way to justify needs.

The SpeakUp survey is a free and powerful resource that your district can use and make part of your annual district-wide initiatives.

For more information, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/, or our NH page at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/NewHampshire.html.

Webinar on YouTube at https://youtu.be/g_SlJC4KFwE.

It’s SpeakUp Week!  Don’t miss the opportunity to SpeakUp!

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Goffstown School District Implements Microwave Communication to Remote Classroom

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The replacement cupola in place on the roof of the original Goffstown school house, now home to the
SAU#19 Business Office.

Goffstown, NH.  The SAU#19 Business Office, located in the historic original 1874 school house in center of Goffstown, recently replaced the cupola on its roof. Time and the elements had taken its toll on the original structure, but in replacing it, the school district seized the opportunity to use advanced technology to provide much-needed network and Internet access to a remote classroom.

 

The Goffstown High School Alternative Education Program is designed to assist students that are at risk of dropping out by placing them in an individualized program outside of the high school building. This program is housed in a space rented from Northeastern Sheet Metal, Inc. on Depot Street in Goffstown. Because this remote classroom was not on the school network, the students could not utilize resources on the school LAN, including authentication services, applications, personal home folders and other network services. Continue reading

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Informational Webinar on SpeakUp Survey Participation Scheduled for December 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM

logo_clearbackgroundThe Office of Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education and Project Tomorrow are hosting a webinar on December 6th for Administrators, Teachers, and all Educators interested in learning more about the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning and how you might use Speak Up in your class, school or district. Speak Up is the research tool districts and schools use to learn what students, educators, parents and the community have to say about education issues.  It’s a free and easy way to collect information about teaching, learning, and academics at your school or district.

Speak Up is both a national research project and a free service to schools and districts everywhere. Speak Up 2017 surveys will be open until January 19, 2018.  This year, SpeakUp/Project Tomorrow has partnered with Future Ready Schools, and the surveys will be useful in developing your future ready school plans.

Use Speak Up to get the pulse of what’s happening in your school (or district) and benchmark it with national results.  Districts that register a contact and promote the surveys, you will receive free online access to your district results in February 2018.  Surveys are anonymous, and results are aggregated.

Learn more during this Speak Up 101 webinar!

When: Dec 6, 2017 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Speak Up 101 Webinar for New Hampshire Educators 

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__QrByy2tQWuhVRZd6LNQTQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To learn more about Speak Up or to register as the primary contact of your institution, please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.

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Only 12 Days until the 31st Annual Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference

logo_cmtcWhen: Monday, November 27th to Thursday, November 30th
Where: Radisson Hotel & Expo Center, Manchester, NH

Register now for the 2017 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference (CMTC17) at www.nhcmtc.org.

Monday, November 27th, PreConference Workshops are listed here: http://www.nhcmtc.org/cms/program/monday-preconference-descriptions

Join keynotes Steve Dembo on Tuesday
Adam Bellow on Wednesday
Steve and Adam Co-Keynote on Thursday

Spotlight speakers and school include:

  • Carol Todd ~ Monday evening Parent Forum & Tuesday
  • David Loertscher ~ Monday PreConference & Tuesday
  • Pam McLeod ~ Tuesday
  • Pittsfield Elementary School ~ Tuesday
  • Brian Gray ~ Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Kathy Schrock ~ Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
  • Anita Cellucci ~ Thursday

We are also looking for four more Teacher Showcases for CMTC17.

The link to submit proposals is still active on the CMTC home page @ www.nhcmtc.org.

Receive a promo code for 100% off CMTC registration for Thursday for participating in the Teacher Showcase from 9:30 to 11:00am.

NHSTE is offering a new membership option that saves you $$ now and later!!!

Bundle NHSTE Premium Membership ($25 value) together with 1 day at CMTC ($165) for just $177 ($13 savings).  Then continue to receive discounts on NHSTE Professional Development events throughout the year.

Gain access to the NHSTE Member Premium Lounge (NMPL) at CMTC17 ~ enjoy refreshments (includes coffee, tea, flavored water, and treats) and a place to take a quick break available throughout the day.

Click here for this new benefit or paste this URL into your browser: http://www.nhste.org/page-663005

CMTC17 Evening BYOD Workshops are FREE with any conference day registration, but pre-registration is required. Space is still available.

Check out these offerings from 6:00 to 8:00pm:

  • Tuesday: Teacher-On-Demand Is Now Possible! ~ Andrea O’Neil & Susan Cavanaugh
  • Wednesday: What’s New in Computer Science Fundamentals from Code.org? ~ Karen Locke
  • Wednesday: Explore Virtual Reality via Google Expeditions & Learn Ways to Create ~ Betsy McCombs & Nina Baillargeon

 

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