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Nute ELO Coordinator wins Transition Professional of the Year Award

Fern Downing, ELO Coordinator from Nute Middle-High SchoolNov 21, 2016 Fern Downing, ELO Coordinator from Nute Middle-High School, won the 2016 Transition Professional of the Year Award at the 10th annual Transition Summit in Concord last week. Each year, the NH Transition Community of Practice accepts nominations from around the state to recognize excellence in transition practices that advance college, career, and life readiness for students through inclusive instructional practices or activities.  Nominations recognize individuals in the field of transition who promote innovation, align student-centered practices and activities with post-school outcomes, and engage community partners such as employers, social service organizations, families and civic groups to also support successful transitions for students.

The NH Transition Community of Practice was itself honored to receive a commendation letter from Governor Maggie Hassan recognizing their ten years of organizing this conference.

This year, five candidates were nominated… Read rest of Nute ELO Coordinator wins Transition Professional of the Year Award

Governor Proclaims ELO Week Nov 14-18

ELO week proclamationNov 14, 2016 The week of November 14-18 has been proclaimed by Governor Hassan as ELO week in the state, which provides a great opportunity for schools throughout the state to share their successes.

The proclamation states that “Students, schools and businesses must remain aware of the enduring importance of building relationships and collaboration in and outside the classroom,” and points out that “New Hampshire has been a leader in building and maintaining an educated workforce with college and career ready skills.”

It’s a busy week on related fronts too. Nov 14-18 is also National Apprenticeship Week and National Career Development Week. The Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association will be offering a series of Career Development Focused Conversation Cafés throughout the year with the first discussion, very informal, happening this week also!

Really Short Cohort School Updates

Numbers 3 and 4Nov 8, 2016 It’s time once again for news on the Next Steps NH project schools. These are REALLY short updates on the eight New Hampshire schools we’re currently supporting. All schools are working on transition planning and ELOs, and many are also implementing RENEW. The updates are meant to show the range of project activities – not comprehensive reports – several of the schools are engaged in similar activities.

Cohort 3 schools joined the project in June 2015.

Inter-Lakes: Staff and families worked together to hold a transition information session during the school’s open house in order to identify information families want about transition. Staff participated in a Family Engagement webinar, and have gathered data and identified potential students for RENEW. 

Newport: After participating in the transition… Read rest of Really Short Cohort School Updates

Next Steps NH

The Next Steps NH project provides professional development and coaching to selected New Hampshire high schools for the purpose of increasing the graduation rate of students with disabilities, and students at risk. This is done through implementing evidence-informed transition planning practices that help students prepare for college, career, and adult life.

This website is part of the project and will house all tools and resources developed as part of the project.

View a simple sitemap for this website.

Video of the Month

“Navigating Love and Autism”: Two college students living in Greenfield, MA discuss how autism affects their lives and relationship. 5:15-minutes. See full 2011 New York Times article. Also, lots more videos.

Website Tour

Take 3:52 minutes and tour the website.

A one-page flyer about the website

Transition Lingo

Transition:  the process of assisting youth to move from high school to the adult world.

College and Career Ready: having the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to enroll, persist, and succeed in college and other postsecondary training opportunities, and to gain entry into a meaningful career.

Postsecondary: Elementary school is primary education, high school is secondary education, and after high school is postsecondary education.

Download this activity as one of your next steps to develop everyday language explanations of transition terms.