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Transition Fairs around NH, and a New Guide

June 13, 2017 A transition fair is a practical way to connect parents and students with local transition supports and resources as preparation for life after high school. Although planning one may seem like a daunting task, there is a new resource to help. The NH Department of Education and the Parent Information Center (PIC) collaborated […]

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Smartphones and Smart Ideas

May 31, 2017 This free live-streamed webinar, Smartphones and Smart Ideas, just came across our desks, and looks really intriguing. It’s offered on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm Eastern Time. (It’s from a parent center in Minnesota so the flyer says 6:30 – 8:00 pm because they are on Central Time.) We all […]

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Tools to Choose Accessible Educational Materials that Work for Students

Apr 27, 2017 We’re highlighting resources that recently crossed our desks from the National Center for Accessible Educational Materials. The National Center for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) at offers a host of resources to better understand and make decisions about accessible educational and instructional materials. Some highlights: There’s an introductory 3:42-minute video: There’s an AEM […]

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Really Short Cohort School Updates

Mar 18, 2017 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 – […]

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Partnering for Strength Conference 2017

February 28, 2017  NH Family Voices, the Parent Information Center and the YEAH Council  invite you to the Partnering for Strength Conference 2017 on March 11, 2017 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.  Partnering for Strength is really two conferences under one roof with a common focus. Kathy O’Connell of Radiant Abilities is the keynote speaker for […]

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MOST COMMON SOURCES OF HOPE: • Friends, family, and community • Opportunities for growth and learning • Seeing others succeed • Sense of control over one’s life MOST COMMON SOURCE OF DISCOURAGEMENT:• Economy or finances • Poor work ethic and immaturity of their generation • Government, politics, and world events • People disrespecting each other

The Voice of New Hampshire’s Young Adults

Feb 10, 2017 The Voice of New Hampshire’s Young Adults (PDF, 125 pages) executive summary (PDF, 6 pages) is the report of a study that surveyed more than 4,330 young adults living in New Hampshire about their attitudes and perceptions surrounding substance misuse. The themes that emerged from the study have wide applicability in transition planning as well because they […]

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New Additions to the Website!

Jan 23, 2017 Additions and improvements on this website in the past few months: New Toolkit for Driving Change with paths for personal or school-wide change using Next Steps tools. Includes a self-assessment and a companion guide for school change. New College Faculty section for faculty and staff in teacher education/preparation programs in colleges and universities. Get […]

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SAT Testing Accommodations Approval Just Got Easier

December 21, 2016 The College Board announced this month that students who receive testing accommodations as part of an IEP or 504 Plan will have the accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the PSAT 10, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement exams. You still have to request the […]

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Nute ELO Coordinator wins Transition Professional of the Year

Nov 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 […]

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ELO Week Nov 14-18 Proclaimed by Governor

Nov 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 […]

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