About Us

Project Description

Next Steps NH ws a project to increase the college and career readiness of New Hampshire students with disabilities and/or those at risk of dropping out of school. The project did this through implementation of evidence-based transition practices. Project flyer (PDF, 2 pages) Website flyer (PDF, 1 page, 208)

The New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, was awarded a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) for this project from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, for the years 2012-2017.

Next Steps NH focused on developing and sustaining the skills of New Hampshire school district staff and families to increase the college and career readiness of students with disabilities and/or those at risk of dropping out. The project had four strategies to meet this goal:

  1. Enhancing transition planning, activities, and opportunities
  2. Greater family-school engagement
  3. Increasing student competency through increased use of Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs)
  4. Sustaining practices through our state institutions of higher education (IHEs), regional professional development intermediaries, a transition community of practice, and the use of technology

College and career readiness is not only an academic endeavor. Schools, students, and families must plan and work together to ensure successful transition. The project outcomes moved the state from a compliance focus to a deeper, more comprehensive evidence-based approach to transition planning.

Project Partners

The leadership team for the Next Steps NH project was :

New Hampshire Department of Education

Amy Aiello, Project Coordinator, Next Steps NH, (603) 271-1536
Sherry Burbank, Education Consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education
Penny Duffy, Next Steps NH Grants and Contracts Technician
Tina Greco, Transition Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator, NH Department of Education Vocational Rehabilitation
Amy Jenks, Next Steps NH Grant Consultant
Mary Lane, Education Consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education
Santina Thibedeau, Administrator, Bureau of Special Education; State Director of Special Education

Evergreen Evaluation and Consulting, Inc.

Brent Garrett, External Evaluator
David Merves, External Evaluator

Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)

Peter Darling, VP Community Economic Development Services
Marybeth Hammond, Transition Support Specialist
Maureen O’Donnell, Director of Educational Services

Keene State College

Steve Bigaj, Associate Dean and Professor, Education Department
Betsy Street, Project Leader

Monadnock Developmental Services

Sheila Mahon, Project Director, MCST

North Country Educational Services (NCES) (through June 30, 2016)

Parent Information Center

Kimm Phillips, Project Director
Barbara Publicover, Project Facilitator

Plymouth State University

Ann Berry, Associate Professor, Special Education
Caroline Raymond, Graduate Assistant

QED Foundation

Kim Carter, Executive Director

Strafford Learning Center

Jill Heath, Program Director, Charles Ott Academy
Heidi Wyman, Transition Consultant

UNH Institute on Disability

Heidi Cloutier, RENEW Project Coordinator
Jonathan Drake, RENEW Project Training Coordinator
JoAnne Malloy, Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute on Disability and School of Social Work

Mission and Values

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Website Usage Infographic

Mar 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 (PDF of Infographic)

Contact Us

This website is maintained by Betsy Street and Steve Bigaj in the School for Professional and Graduate Studies at Keene State College. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. We are continually updating and improving it.