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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 Application

The Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the posting of the application for Cohort 3 Next Steps NH High School Pilot Sites. The Next Steps NH Project provides the selected applicants professional development and coaching to implement evidenced-based transition practices for the purpose of increasing the number of students with disabilities and students at risk of dropping out who are college and career ready in New Hampshire. Some of the practices will involve family engagement strategies and increasing the use of Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs). In addition, pilot sites will also have the option of implementing Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW).

Next Steps NH Cohort 3 Application Word document

Next Steps NH Cohort 3 Application Information Powerpoint - 2/18/15 & 2/20/15 PowerPoint

Application Information Session Q&A Word document

Request for Proposal

Request for Proposal: RFP #SPED-2015-1
Next Steps NH: Implementing Secondary Transition Practices in Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs

The purpose of this RFP is to seek proposals and bids from New Hampshire Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) with Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs 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:
2013-2014

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

Cohort 2 Schools:
2014-2015

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

 

Cohort 3 Schools:
2015-2016

Coming Soon!

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
Amy.Aiello@doe.nh.gov
(603) 271-1536
Mary Lane
Project Consultant
Mary.Lane@doe.nh.gov
(603) 271-3740

Penny Duffy
Grants and Contracts Technician
Penny.Duffy@doe.nh.gov
(603) 271-3843

Amy Jenks
Project Consultant
Amy.Jenks@doe.nh.gov
(603) 271-3842

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