Updates from Cohort 1 Schools

Cohort 1 schools have almost finished their first year with the Next Steps NH project.

Kennett High School is hosting family engagement groups in the coming weeks and developing consistency in internal ELO (Extended Learning Opportunities) procedures using tools and materials provided through NH’s ELO Coordinators Ring. The school has matched RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Support, Education, and Work) facilitators to students and begun the mapping process. The school is planning to offer specific transition planning trainings for staff, matching these activities to the needs identified in the Next Steps Fidelity Tool.

Kingswood Regional High School’s leadership team meets every other month. The RENEW implementation team has matched facilitators and students, and has begun the mapping process. They have elected to use a shared facilitation strategy in some cases to ensure a facilitator is always available to meet with a student. The ELO implementation team’s action plan to offer high-quality ELOs is being enacted, and the special education department is collaborating with the Parent Information Center and others to offer further education and training in transition planning topics to parents, students, and staff later this school year.

Mascoma Valley Regional High School’s leadership team meets quarterly. The school now has eight trained RENEW facilitators, and is currently working with three students. A work group is developing a process to expand ELOs to core classes.

Merrimack Valley High School’s leadership team meets every other week. The team has created a video to educate and promote ELOs to students and families, and has formalized a template for developing ELOs. They are in the early stages of implementing RENEW.