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Next Steps logoCollege, Career and Life Readiness

SPDG logo Funded by Offices of Special Education Programs; State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

The goal of NH SPDG is to increase the number of students with disabilities and/or at risk of dropping out of school that are college and career ready in NH through the implementation of evidenced based transition practices.

For further information: Next Steps NH Purpose


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Whats New

Cohort 3 Schools Selected

Congratulations to the four New Hampshire high schools selected as Cohort 3 pilot sites for the Next Steps NH project. They are:

  • Inter-Lakes
  • Newport
  • Nute, and
  • Timberlane Regional

Based on the principles of Implementation Science, these schools will receive intensive training and coaching as they move through the exploration, installation and initial stages of implementation over the course of two years. The first year will largely involve orientation, team development, strength and needs assessment, and developing an action plan based on the Framework for Transition-Focused Education.
In the second year, schools will receive training and intensive coaching to support their action plans.

NH Institution of Higher Education joins the NSNH project

Congratulations to Plymouth State University (PSU) on being awarded a contract as a result of a Request for Proposals focused on Implementing Secondary Transition Practices in New Hampshire IHEs with Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs. PSU will work with project partner Keene State College to develop secondary transition curriculum focused on transition planning, family engagement, and Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs), in their teacher preparation programs. The intent is for students to leave the special education teacher preparation program with knowledge of secondary transition practices and strategies they will need to prepare students to be college and career ready.

Participating Schools


Cohort 1 Schools:

  • Kennett High School
  • Kingswood Regional High School
  • Mascoma Valley Regional High School
  • Merrimack Valley High School

Cohort 2 Schools:

  • Conval Regional High School
  • Lin-Wood High School
  • Somersworth High School
  • Winnacunnet High School

Cohort 3 Schools:

  • Inter-Lakes High School
  • Newport High School
  • Nute High School
  • Timberlane High School

Next Steps NH Website
The Next Steps NH project provides professional development and coaching to selected New Hampshire high schools for the purpose of increasing the graduation rate of students with disabilities, and students at risk. This is done through the implementation of evidence-informed transition planning practices that help students prepare for college, career and adult life. This website is part of the project and will house all tools and resources developed as part of the project.

The project site is designed to help various users navigate its content by interest area:

  • If you are a student looking for resources to help you plan for life after high school, you can access various tools and resources through the Student Portal.
  • If you are an educator or parent looking to help students plan for life after high school, you can access various tools and resources through the Educator and Parent Portal.
  • If you are a mentor for students in the community helping prepare students for life after high school, you can access tools and resources through the Community Partners Portal .

In addition, there are various Transition Tools available as well as a valuable Transition Planning Framework. The project site is updated as tools and resources associated with the project are developed and become available.


Beyond the Classroom Website
New Hampshire legislation allowing for credit-bearing learning outside the classroom dates back to 2005. In 2008, the NH Department of Education began a multi-year Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Initiative with funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF). Since then, the initiative has provided financial support and technical assistance to ELO pilot sites, facilitating development of school-level systems to provide students of all types with the opportunity to experience an ELO project. Much of what was learned through that work is represented in this website. This site was developed by the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST) at Keene State College, in collaboration with the Q.E.D. Foundation and an advisory group of educators from around New Hampshire.

Amy Aiello
Project Director
(603) 271-1536
Mary Lane
Project Consultant
(603) 271-3740

Penny Duffy
Grants and Contracts Technician
(603) 271-3843

Amy Jenks
Project Consultant
(603) 271-3842

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