Really Short Cohort School Updates: March 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 June 2016.

Lincoln Woodstock (Lin-Wood): Providing training to engage students in a viable way in running their own IEP meetings. Have embraced the ELO process, with almost half the ELOs earning core credit. Planning an evening transition workshop for families this month.

Winnacunnet: Strong ELO program with 5-year strategic plan and lots of staff buy-in. Implementing NAVIANCE this year with juniors and seniors to help achieve best practice in transition planning.

ConVal Regional: Thirty RENEW facilitators trained, with 23 active facilitators working with approximately 30 students. Planning to implement a Futures Planning Class next year.

Somersworth: High level of district support for Next Steps activities. New transition assessment practices underway following staff completion of the transition planning workshops. Strong RENEW implementation team is carefully monitoring implementation progress.

Cohort 3

Cohort 3 schools joined the project in May 2015.

Inter-Lakes: ELO team meets regularly and has created an action plan. Both the ELO and RENEW teams have a focus on engaging at-risk students with with their high school experience.

Newport: Action planning is focusing on RENEW, ELOs and family engagement. Have a real commitment to ELOs. Developing their RENEW eligibility and facilitator matching processes. Planning a Life After High School evening family workshop this month.

Nute: Participation and commitment to Next Steps activities at all levels of administration and departments, and from families. Using ELO Fidelity Tool to analyze and make improvements to their well-established ELO program.

Timberlane Regional: Family Focus group results have been widely incorporated into their action plan. Active parent participation on the Leadership Team. Planning a transition workshop this month as part of a parent group kickoff event.

Cohort 4

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

Cohort 1

Cohort 1 schools finished their work with us in December 2015.