State Wi-Fi Leadership for Fostering Digital Learning Ready K–12 Schools: Extending the Broadband Imperative II

OETPressRelease1Below is a press release for SETDA’s latest resource, State Wi-Fi Leadership for Fostering Digital Learning Ready K–12 Schools: Extending the Broadband Imperative II.  As announced previously, SETDA released this paper via a webinar this afternoon. If you missed the webinar, you may access it here:

SETDA would like to thank the Broadband Taskforce and State Action Committee for supporting the development of this work, SETDA volunteers make our resources more robust and valuable to the entire digital learning community. Also, thank you to Education Networks of America (ENA) for their continued partnership and sponsorship of this paper. Continue reading

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iNACOL Issues Policy Brief on K-12 Competency-Based Education


Today, iNACOL released a new issue brief on State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education, which provides an overview of competency-based education, state policy recommendations and resources for policymakers who are ready to enable and support competency education.

Competency-based education is a next generation learning model that focuses on all students achieving mastery, preparing them for success in college, careers and civic life. State leaders can support policy for K-12 competency-based education to help all students succeed.

Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. What can policymakers do to encourage a shift to K-12 competency education? No matter where a state is starting from, there are different entry points policymakers can take to enable and support competency-based systems.

Download this iNACOL Issue Brief for an overview of competency education, state policy recommendations, and resources for K-12 competency education.

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OPEN NH Fall Course Registration is open!

Registration is Now Open!

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Fall 2017 Session
Online Course Session Dates: October 4 – November 21


Online Registration

Mail In Registration

Register early and save $10.00.  Early Bird Special offer ends on September 20, 2017.

The following courses are  Scheduled to RUN in the Fall Session:

AR-01 Arts Integration in the Elementary Classroom
AS-01 Full STEAM Ahead! Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective Teaching Strategy through Integration of a Project-based Invention Curriculum
BP-01 Creating and Using Meaningful Rubrics that Assess Student Work
BP-14 Universal Design: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
BP-17 Moving to Competency Based Teaching and Learning
SC-06 Next Generation Science: Concepts in Earth Space Science
SS-05 Teaching American History Using Primary Sources and Internet Resources

Graduate Credits are also available as an option!




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Hinsdale High School Featured by the National Center for Learning Disabilities

aag-hinsdale-1xCongratulations to Karen Thompson and Hinsdale High School for being featured by the National Center for Learning Disabilities!!  The case study describes the exemplary work their ELO Program is doing to meet the needs of students with disabilities.  Keep up the amazing work!

Extended Learning Opportunities at Hinsdale High School: Part of the appeal of personalized learning is that it breaks the paradigm of learning taking place in a single location, a single time period, through a single mode, and by single person.  This case study describes how one rural high school broke down this paradigm through support for extended learning opportunities, while maintaining a commitment to excellence and rigor of experiences for all students.

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Solar Eclipse Event: NHSTA teams with the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center


On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a solar eclipse making its way across America. While New Hampshire is not in the path of totality, it is close enough so that fully 62% of the Sun will be eclipsed by the Moon, creating a dramatic view of this celestial phenomenon. The New Hampshire Science Teachers Association has joined with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to celebrate the eclipse with a full day of rain or shine activities, including a gathering outside the Center in the afternoon to watch the eclipse.

NHSTA is helping organize and facilitate activities and presentations that will be featured at the Granite State’s premier eclipse event, which will be open to the public. It will be an opportunity for folks of all ages to not only learn about what the solar eclipse is and why it is occurring, but to learn a great deal about the Sun: its characteristics, its electromagnetic radiation, and its impact on and relationship to our planet. Continue reading

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New Resource on Navigating the Shift to Digital Teaching and Learning

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association is pleased to share the release of its latest resource, Navigating the Digital Shift II: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning. Thank you to the state leaders and partners that contributed to this work. The full press release is below for distribution. We encourage you to share this work with policy makers, administrators,  practitioners and other state leaders. SETDA will host a webinar in August to provide a comprehensive overview of the work and we will provide states with sample slide decks to support dissemination. The overview document (6 pages) is available here.

For those interested in learning more or getting involved, SETDA hosts the Essential Elements for Digital Content, a free online community to encourage dialogue about the shift to digital including the vetting process, accessibility, professional learning, OER, procurement, implementation and infrastructure.

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What’s in the New Hampshire Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan?

DOE-ESSA-DRAFTPLANUnder the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have more flexibility in reporting, goal setting, and identifying struggling schools, reported the Concord Monitor. The ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind, and New Hampshire has released its draft plan to the public for feedback (due Friday, June 23):

ESSA doesn’t actually change how often schools must administer standardized tests. Annual testing is still required in third through eighth grades, and once in high school. But it does allow states more flexibility in deciding what schools need to report, what the goals are, and how schools get flagged as struggling. Continue reading

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