Partnering for Strength Conference April 7

February 20, 2018 The Partnering for Strength Conference 2018 is on Saturday, April 7 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. The conference is an annual event focusing on educating, collaborating and enriching families, professionals and youth. Conference flyer

Partnering for Strength is really two conferences with a common focus, with separate sessions for adults and youth. This year’s adult keynote speaker is Dr. Ross Greene who will be sharing his his strategies for addressing challenging behavior. The youth theme is “Finding the “I” in Independence” and the youth keynote speaker is John Fenley who has made it his calling to speak openly and passionately about his experiences to inspire others to join the disability rights movement.

Pre-registration is required and includes breakout sessions, a full lunch buffet and refreshments throughout the day.

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Regional Transition Fairs and Conferences

February 20, 2018 Update What are you doing after high school? Come to a transition fair or conference and get some ideas!

A Regional Transition Fair will be held Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Bektash Shriner Center in Concord, NH. It’s hosted by the Capital Area Transition Community of Practice, is open to all, and is free. A transition fair is an informational even for individuals with disabilities and their families to assist in making a successful transition to adult life and independence. Online registration form

A Transition Mini-Conference will be held Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Exeter High School. Exeter, Epping and Newmarket high schools are collaborating to bring this event to the community. Open to all!

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Free Training on Extended Learning Opportunities

February 15, 2018 Update We have limited openings in the FREE two-day training sessions on Extended Learning Opportunities in two remaining locations in New Hampshire. Sessions will run 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day.  Flyer and registration information

Training dates and locations:

  • April 4-5, 2018 at Keene State College (OPEN)
  • April 18-19, 2018 at Plymouth State University (OPEN)
  • April 12-13, 2018 at Manchester Community College (FULL)

This training is designed for school teams of three-five people seeking to deepen their understanding and practices regarding ELOs. Topics include developing an ELO program, designing ELOs, examining policy, ELOs and transition, collaboration with key partners, and resource identification and support.

Register via this Google form. Registration deadline is March 16, 2018.

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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 sitemap page for this website. Sitemap (MSWord), Sitemap (PDF)

Video of the Month

If You Want to Change the World, Start by Making Your Bed. From a commencement address by a U.S. Special Operations Admiral. 6:00-minutes.  Searchable video collection

BeyondClassroom ELO website

Explore our sister website, Beyond Classroom, to learn about Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) in New Hampshire.

Website Tour

Take 3:52 minutes and tour 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.