One-liners: Project School Updates

It’s time 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 activities – not a comprehensive report – many of the schools are engaged in similar activities.

Cohort 1

Farewell to Cohort 1! We finished work with Kingswood Regional, Mascoma Valley Regional and Merrimack Valley in December. They all did careful work about how to keep making progress now that they’re on their own.

Cohort 2

These schools finish their direct work with us in June 2016.

Lincoln Woodstock (Lin-Wood): Family engagement team is planning a Transition Night event for the spring.

Winnacunnet: Have attended all the training webinars and are using the recordings and materials to train more staff. They’re planning a Technology for Parents (Google Classroom, PowerSchool and Naviance) event.

ConVal Regional: Have attended the transition planning webinars, are working on developing tier two supports for students, and have two group ELOs in place – one in science and the other in journalism. They are thinking about sustainability with every step they take.

Somersworth: Students are having success with RENEW. Next Steps NH action planning led to re-energizing their targeted team to support at-risk youth. Staff have also created Transition Binders that will gather transition info for youth all through the high school.

Cohort 3

Cohort 3 schools joined the project in May 2015.

Inter-Lakes: Have completed their needs assessment with the Transition-Focused Education Framework Fidelity Tool and are developing their action plan. ELO team is strong and clear about what needs to be done.

Newport: Have completed the ELO Fidelity Tool. Their ELO Coordinator is attending the statewide ELO Coordinator meetings on a regular basis.

Nute: Staff are thoughtfully aligning Next Steps activities with existing initiatives. The RENEW Implementation Team meets regularly and has both internal and external coaching in place.

Timberlane Regional: Family Focus groups completed their work with 10-12 people in each session. Great feedback from parents and lots of ideas for change.

Cohort 4

The application to become a Cohort 4 school will be posted on the NH DOE website on February 1, 2016, with applications due on March 25, 2016. Four schools will be selected.