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Next Generation Learning (NxGL)

The Department has been working with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Stupski Foundation, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation on advancing innovative approaches to K-12 learning known as “Next Generation Learning,” or NxGL. The critical attributes of Next Generation Learning are characterized as:

  • Personalizing learning, which calls for a data-driven framework to set goals, assess progress, and ensure students receive the academic and developmental supports they need;
  • Comprehensive systems of learning supports, which address social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development along a continuum of services to ensure the success of all students;
  • World-class knowledge and skills, which require achievement goals to sufficiently encompass the content knowledge and skills required for success in a globally-oriented world;
  • Performance-based learning, which puts students at the center of the learning process by enabling the demonstration of mastery based on high, clear, and commonly-shared expectations;
  • Anytime, everywhere opportunities, which provide constructive learning experiences in all aspects of a child’s life, through both the geographic and the Internet-connected community; and
  • Authentic student voice, which is the deep engagement of students in directing and owning their individual learning and shaping the nature of the education experience among their peers.

NH is one of seven states brought together to advance this set of design principles. The other six state education agencies (SEAs) that stepped forward to be part of this bold effort, and demonstrated both readiness and capacity to establish an Innovation Lab-comprised of the SEA, district(s), school(s), and partners-within their state include Kentucky, Maine, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. These states will work together with intensive support from CCSSO, the Stupski Foundation, and others who will be engaged in the partnership.

Over the last several years there have been a number of developments that have placed in sharp focus the need to more closely examine how we all are planning for the future of public education. The economic downturn has created many challenges for all of us in terms of budgets and capacity to deliver quality educational services. The "disruptive innovation" brought on by rapid advancements in the use of educational technology has forced us to think in new modalities and to envision and strategize for the future in ways that may have not been anticipated just a few short years ago. The larger community expectations of student performance have grown exponentially during this same time, as has the need for intensive and dramatic student engagement. Meanwhile, we are assailed almost every day by test scores and anecdotal evidence of tremendous transformation happening all across the globe in the field of education. It is time we come together to think and plan together regarding our future.

The NH Department of Education has received a small grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to help coordinate this effort and to engage National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, (NCTAF), in this work. Recently, the Stupski Foundation has designated Manchester School of Technology as one of a select group of initial high schools nationwide to join a newly launched Learning Lab Network. Through this new initiative Manchester School District students, educators, and administrators will be connected to their peers nationwide, sharing lessons and building a body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the student centered approach.

Representatives from New Hampshire attended the second annual White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.


Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

The George Lucas Education Foundation Edutopia - excerpt from the book Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding


Paul Leather
Deputy Commissioner
(603) 271-3801

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711