Application window now open for Title IV A Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants for personalized learning and competency based education!

These grants can be used for a wide variety of purposes, but must fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Effective Use of Technology, supporting the effective use of technology (e.g. professional development, blended learning, and technology devices).
  • Student Health and Wellness, supporting safe and healthy students (e.g. school mental health, drug and violence prevention, and training on trauma-informed practices, health and physical education).
  • Well Rounded Educational Opportunities, providing students with a well-rounded education through STEM, arts, civics, IB/AP, health, physical education, and other learning rich experiences.

Information is posted on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment page on the NH DOE website.

Guidance and Resources are available in a freely accessible OPEN NH Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant tutorial.  The resources and information on the OPEN NH tutorial will be developed and updated over the next few weeks. Feel free to bookmark the training site and visit often.

Applications are due April 13, 2018.


OPEN NH Tutorial URL:  at 

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New Hampshire’s State Education Plan Approved by U.S. Department of Education


WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the approval of New Hampshire’s consolidated education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Friday, January 19th, 2018.

“New Hampshire’s plan met the requirements of the law, and so I am happy to approve it,” said Secretary DeVos. “This plan should not be seen as a ceiling, but as a foundation upon which New Hampshire can improve education for its students.”

On September 18, 2017, the New Hampshire Department of Education had submitted a final ESSA Consolidated State Plan that was based on feedback from hundreds of Granite State citizens and educators over the course of a year and a half. Continue reading

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iNACOL Publishes Guidance on Moving Education from Current to Future State

Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

cfs-cover-232x300This report provides a roadmap and action steps for state policymakers to catalyze transformational change in K-12 education toward a future vision for systems that ensure success for all students.

In this report, iNACOL articulates a vision for the future of K-12 education and offers action steps for state policymakers. Its purpose is to inspire state policymakers, including governors, state legislators, state boards of education, state school chiefs and state policy staff with a vision for transformation and to provide specific steps, policy strategies and recommendations for enabling personalized, competency-based education.

This report explores five issues to tackle to build toward a vision and strategy for transformation to personalized, competency-based education systems:

  • Redefining student success;
  • Meaningful qualifications;
  • Accountability as continuous improvement;
  • Developing educator capacity; and
  • Building capacity to lead change.

Download a pdf of the report at

See it on the iNACOL website at


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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, or our NH page at

Webinar on YouTube at

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

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