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Lots of New Stuff on the Website!

The word New on a blue paint splatterJuly 12, 2016 A quick update on additions and improvements on this website in the past few months:

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Really Short Cohort School Updates

numeral twonumeral threeJune 24, 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 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 – many of the schools are engaged in similar activities.

Cohort 2

These schools finish their direct work with us in a few days.

Lincoln Woodstock (Lin-Wood): Interested in expanding special education family-school partnerships to all students. Major project focus was ELOs. Committed to using many of the strategies that they have practiced over the past two [read rest of Really Short Cohort School Updates]

New Dan Habib Documentary on Transitioning Youth

Garrett Shows in his theatre class at ConVal

Garrett Shows, center, during his theatre class at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH. Garrett, who has an intellectual disability, is featured in Dan Habib’s new film focusing on post-secondary transition. Conval has put in place a number of evidence-based strategies – such as youth leadership opportunities and a regular diploma track for students with disabilities – to help students with disabilities navigate the transition from high school to college or career successfully. Photo by Dan Habib/UNH Institute on Disability

May 31, 2016  The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has received a $15,000 contract from the New Hampshire Department of Education and Next Steps NH to support a new documentary film by IOD filmmaker Dan Habib, focusing specifically on youth with disabilities transitioning from high school to employment or post-secondary education.

“As youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities leave school, they face significant challenges transitioning from school to work or postsecondary education, family home to community living, and child oriented health care to adult care,” Habib says. [read more about Habib’s new film]

Cohort 4 Schools Announced

the number 4May 9, 2016  Congratulations to the four New Hampshire high schools selected as Cohort 4 sites for the Next Steps NH project. They are:

  • Exeter
  • Mascenic Regional
  • Raymond
  • Souhegan

Based on the principles of Implementation Science, these schools will receive intensive training and coaching as they move through the exploration, installation and initial stages of implementation. The first year will include orientation, team development, strengths and needs assessments, and developing an action plan based on the Framework for Transition-Focused Education. The second year depends on the anticipated approval by the federal government of a one-year extension for the project, and during it, schools will receive training and intensive coaching to support their action plans.

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

“How Disabilities are Changing Big Business”: After decades as a niche market people with disabilities have become a driving force in technology and innovation at Google, TD Bank and many others. 9:45-minutes and worth watching. 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.