Public Comment Wanted:  Title II-A and Title IV-A 2019-2020 Tydings Waivers

Public Comment Survey Open:  Title II-A and Title IV-A 2019-2020 Tydings Waivers

This New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) announcement serves as notice to the public, school districts, and the Federal Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Title II-A and Title IV-A Programs for an opportunity to comment on the NHDOE’s plan to pursue a waiver of the Tydings Amendment, Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)), and extend the period of availability for 2019-2020 Title II-A and IV-A funds by one (1) year. Acceptance of these waivers by the Secretary of Education would permit continued use of 2019-2020 Title II-A and IV-A funds through September 30, 2022. Without a waiver, these funds would expire on September 30, 2021.  All other requirements for 2019-2020 Title II-A and IV-A programs will continue to apply.

Please take a minute to leave a public comment regarding the waiver at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezGGn2IKVe-njOlfbKYcf5kHpgegOQ3NY8J5AngvNkTG_v7g/viewform

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Parents, Educators and Community Members Asked to Share COVID Perspectives

Department of Education launches COVID survey, building on last spring survey that generated over 56,000 responses

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Education is proud to announce the 603 Bright Futures Survey, giving parents, educators and community members a chance to share their perspectives on the response by New Hampshire schools to the COVID-19 pandemic this past year and how the experience should influence instructional as plans are made for fall learning. Last spring, a Department survey of remote instruction and the return to school generated more than 56,000 responses, helping to shape the state’s K-12 Back to School Guidance.

“The survey we conducted last year at this time generated a tremendous amount of valuable information, helping shape our return to school across the state,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “The 603 Bright Futures Survey will provide valuable feedback – what worked and what did not work – and provide valuable information for schools that are already crafting plans for fall instructional programs.”

The survey includes an opportunity for anyone interested – parent, educator or community member – to provide feedback. The Department will open survey on June 1, 2021 and it will remain available through June 30, 2021 to allow everyone the opportunity to respond. Parents responding for more than one child should complete the survey once for each student. Once the survey closes, the results will be made available through the Department’s website.

Survey Links: Distribution of survey links has been greatly simplified from previous years. Please share the links below. From there, respondents will be able to choose their school from a dropdown menu:
• Families in K-12, Preschool, and Private Schools: bit.ly/nhdoefamily
• Staff in Public and Private Schools: bit.ly/nhdoestaff
• Community Members: bit.ly/nhdoecommunity

*Please note that “Community Members” are those who do not have students enrolled in New Hampshire public schools. Those who do should complete the family surveys instead.

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Learn About and Participate in Framing the Evidence – A SETDA program

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) launched the Framing the Evidence program in 2019 to help schools better gauge the effectiveness of technology used for teaching and learning. Due to COVID, many schools shifted to remote and hybrid learning strategies so that students could continue learning outside of the school building, and even beyond the traditional school day. The Framing the Evidence program is more timely than ever, given the Department of Education’s American Rescue Plan funding totaling $122 billion to help reopen schools in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

To support schools and districts in making deliberate and informed decisions when buying educational technology, we invite schools and districts to participate in pilots set up through the Framing the Evidence program, which should help them assess the impact of technology in addressing instructional and learning challenges, whether remote, in-person, or hybrid.

The Framing the Evidence Program serves the needs of LEAs, SEAs, and EdTech providers by catalyzing and scaling evidence-based trials. SETDA is uniquely positioned to undertake this work as a means of democratizing the pilot process for schools across the nation and in every type of demographic setting.

The program will provide research that will inform the field of educational technology by: a.) providing opportunities to increase the appropriate use of technology for teaching and learning and b.) identifying and sharing evidence and promising practices in K-12 digital learning.

This initiative allows districts to take advantage of free technology pilot opportunities with SETDA’s vetted partners, providing access to high-quality educational technology solutions as part of efficacy studies tailored to your district needs. There is NO COST to districts to participate in the program.

To learn more, we encourage you to visit the Framing the Evidence page on SETDA’s Website: https://www.setda.org/priorities/professional-learning/evidence-based/framing-the-evidence-program/

We suggest that you fill out SETDA’s Google Form to share your current district needs. There is no obligation to participate in any pilots due to filling out this form. 

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Christa McAuliffe Transforming Teaching Technology Conference – Onsite and Online!

This year’s McAuliffe Conference will be a hybrid model offering both onsite and online options.  You can participate in either one, or both, if you like!

Information on presenting can be found on the website Present tab.  Check out the  Call for Presenters Brochure.

Information on exhibiting at the conference can be found on the Exhibit tab. A variety of options are available. Check out the Call for Solution Partners Brochure.

Learn more at www.NHCMTC.org.

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Use the Speak Up surveys to learn about the views of your stakeholders now

You can use the Speak Up surveys for your end-of-year data collection to understand how your students feel about virtual learning, what your teachers need for PD, and what your parents say are their biggest worries about their child’s future (and more!).

Look at the SpeakUp Survey questions here to see how this critical information can inform your plans.
Reminders about Speak Up:
• Speak Up survey questions developed to provide you with valid data that you can trust
• Surveys available for different audiences – you choose whatever audience you want to poll
o K-12 students (in English and Spanish!)
o Teachers
o Parents (in English and Spanish!)
o School Site Administrators
o District Administrators
o Technology Leaders

• Lessons plans available for teachers to use with the student surveys
• Promotional materials provided by Project Tomorrow to help you with outreach
• We will provide you with 100% of your locally collected data with comparative state and national data
• There is no cost to participate in Speak Up or to receive the data reports
• Surveys are open for your use until August 15

Contact Pilar Comparan to get started today with your Speak Up surveys!

Register Your School or District now!

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Nominate NH Teachers to Participate in Ed Games Expo Panel

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) is seeking K-12 teachers to share their experiences with remote learning on a virtual panel as part of the 2021 ED Games Expo.

Candidates should represent the diversity of America’s teachers in terms of their: (1) identities, (2) geographic location, (3) grade level and subject taught, and (4) technical expertise. This event is meant to elevate the real experiences of U.S. teachers from the past year, not simply spotlight those who were best positioned to engage in remote learning.

Please feel free to identify and nominate qualified teachers as possible panelists. OET will select roughly five teachers from the nominations received to ensure that the panel is representative of the range of experiences and identities of teachers across the nation.

OET hopes to have panelists identified no later than Wednesday May 5th to ensure plenty of time to prepare panelists, record, edit, and finalize the event before it’s launch on June 2nd.

The event will be pre-recorded over the coming weeks, and is set to go live to a national audience on Wednesday, June 2 at 8:00pm. OET seeks to recruit panelists that represent the diversity of U.S. teachers and their experiences over the past year. If you have teachers in mind, please forward their contact information as well as a brief description of the subject(s) and grade level(s) they teach, as well as the school or school district in which they work, to Michael Ham in OET at Michael.Ham@ed.gov.

Let’s get one of our New Hampshire Educators some recognition. Please consider nominating a teacher to be part of this panel.

Learn more –>

ED Games Expo 2021

US Office of Educational Technology

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Share Your Views for National Research Study on Digital Learning

Dear Education Leader: 

I am inviting you today to share your insights and views for a national research study conducted by Project Tomorrow, the education nonprofit organization that facilitates the annual Speak Up Research Project on digital learning.  The focus of this new study to understand how K-12 school districts are paying for digital learning devices (tablets, laptops, Chromebooks) for their students, teachers and staff.  With the sudden shift to remote learning caused by COVID-19, school district funding of 1:1 devices for their students jumped 77%.  That tremendous increase has resulted in a significant new focus on district investment strategies for both the long and short term.  And new discussions, both locally and nationally, about how to sustain those investments so that all K-12 stakeholders have the best technology in their hands to support teaching and learning. 

To share your ideas and views on this topic, please complete this short, 12-14 minute survey here http://bit.ly/K-12DigitalDIStrategiesSurvey  so that we can better understand how education leaders such as yourself are thinking about this critical and timely topic.  In recognition of the effort, we will be selecting 20 education leaders nationwide to receive a $50 Amazon gift card from Project Tomorrow.  If you would like to be eligible to be selected for that gift card, please share with us your email address in the last question of the survey.  If not, you can simply skip that last question.  Your email address will only be used for this selection process and will not be shared with anyone or any organization outside of Project Tomorrow.  Your survey responses are totally protected. We will be reviewing only the aggregated national data.

The aggregated national data will be used to inform a new report that we hope to release this spring.  It is our goal that this report will inform policies and programs to support K-12 education funding, and bring greater attention to the need to develop more sustainable models for funding digital learning devices in K-12.  Thank you for your contributions to this new national research study.  Your input is important here.    

In case you are not familiar with Project Tomorrow, we are a nationally recognized, 501.c.3 education nonprofit organization with a 25-year legacy of supporting innovation in K-12 education through school programs and research.  Each year, Project Tomorrow facilitates the annual Speak Up Research Project to collect and report on the authentic feedback of K-12 students, parents and educators on trends in digital learning.  In addition to the Speak Up Project, we also each year design and implement research studies on other key topics in education.  Many of our study reports are here.  Please feel free to access these reports to inform your own work as well.       

If you have any questions about this research study or the survey, please contact me directly.  My contact information is below.

Thank you for your leadership during this challenging time in our country and in K-12 education.  And thank you for sharing your ideas and views with us for this new research study.   

Julie A. Evans, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
949-609-4661
jevans@tomorrow.org
@JulieEvans_PT

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Public Comment sought on Refresh of Digital Literacy Standards (Ed 306.42)

Last year, a committee worked on drafting possible language for an update of our current ICT Literacy Standards, which were last adopted in 2005. These program standards are in need of refresh for several reasons.

  1. They are old, last updated in 2005, and need new a refreshed focus which parallel the ISTE Standards for Students.
  2. The legislature changed the name of ICT Literacy to Digital Literacy when they also added Computer Science as a content area in 193-E:2-a (j).
  3. Some of the stuff in the old standards really now should belong in the computer science program standards, Ed 306.44, which are also currently under development. This updated draft removes overlapped material and adds previously lacking, but more relevant, language around information evaluation, cybersecurity, and digital citizenship.

You can see the updated version of the standards, in markup for comparison to the 2005 version here, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jdS7htCPTV7Y6Losqec57Yxvo0VRyJ5ueNE3XW3ckD8/view.

Please use this form to provide your public comment on this draft version of Ed 306.42: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5ho0J9_N89_EPBsMqJbBx5LHzg1creRd1rwH4e3dnshK9JQ/viewform.

Once the public has had time to comment. The committee will use the comments to make any final changes to the draft. The final draft will be submitted to the Professional Standards Board for consideration. The Professional Standards Board would then have the opportunity to make any changes before recommending them to the State Board of Education for adoption.

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Digital Learning Day is Coming on February 25th

Digital Learning Day Turns 10 this year!

With less than a month before the big national celebration on February 25, help us spread the word and plan some activities within your schools to highlight the teachers and principals who are doing amazing things in this unprecedented time! New Hampshire educators, please add your voice, expertise, and passion to DLDay 2021 – Participation is EASY and FREE.

  1. Join the network by creating a profile for yourself and/or organization. This should take less than 3 minutes and you will be provided with relevant, ongoing opportunities to share and learn from this innovative group of passionate educators.
  2. Add your favorite resources to our digital learning notebook. These can be instructional tools, new approaches, lesson plans or tips and tricks that you’ve learned along the way.
  3. Plan an in person or virtual activity to celebrate DLDay with your students, or other teachers, on February 25, 2021, and share in the digital network.
  4. Help spread the word about the network! We have an ambitious goal of recruiting 5,000 educators to join the FRS DLDay network. We know we can accomplish this with your help!

After a decade, these messages are more poignant than ever before as teachers across this country are persevering and heroically meeting the diverse mental, physical and learning needs of their students on and off campus.

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Public Comment- Title IV, Part A 2020-2021 Waivers

This New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) announcement serves as notice to the public, school districts, and the Federal Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Title IV-A Program for an opportunity to comment on the NHDOE’s plan to pursue a waiver request from the USED with regard to flexible use of Title IV-A funds. Acceptance of a waiver application would permit Title IV-A funded programs to waive the following requirements:

  • Section 4106(d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, related to LEA needs assessments for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D), and (E) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to content-area spending requirements for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 Title IV, Part A funds.
  • Section 4109(b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to the fifteen percent spending limitation for technology infrastructure for FY 2020 Title IV, Part A funds.

All other requirements for the Title IV-A program will continue to apply.

Please use the links below to access further detailed information and submit any comments. Comments are due by 4:00 PM on Friday, January 8, 2021.

    2020-2021 Title IV, Part A Waiver Public Comment Form (Google form)

    Title IV-A Waiver Invitation Letter (pdf) 

    Title IV-A Waiver Request Template (pdf) 

Announcement posted on the Office of ESEA Title Programs on the NHDOE website at:

https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-of-learner-support/bureau-of-instructional-support/integrated-programs

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