The overall goal of Next Steps NH is to increase the number of students with disabilities and/or those at risk of dropping out of school who are college and career ready in New Hampshire through implementation of evidence based transition practices.
Next Steps NH will focus on four strategies to achieve this goal:
- Increasing student competency through increased use of Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs),
- Enhancing transition planning, activities and opportunities,
- Greater family-school engagement
- Sustaining practices through our state institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), regional professional development intermediaries, a transition Community of Practice, and the use of technology.
This project offers seven objectives designed to support these strategies:
- To develop the capacity of those providing professional development on Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs), transition planning, and parent engagement, and to define the expectations and commitment of those receiving professional development.
- To increase and expand the use of ELOs in all regions of New Hampshire, by increasing the knowledge and skills of NH special and general educators, related service personnel, and administrators in the design, implementation with fidelity, and sustainability of evidence based ELOs.
- To increase the use of best practice, evidence-based transition planning, including enhanced family engagement strategies.
- To sustain the use of ELO, transition planning, and parent engagement strategies, through evidence-based and quality coaching.
- To increase the use of implementation, intervention, and outcome data to support decision making at the school, LEA, and state level.
- To ensure LEA administrators are trained to support their staff and initiatives to implement and sustain the use of ELOs, transition planning and family engagement strategies.
- To enhance the inclusion of evidence-based training materials on ELOs, transition planning, and parent/family engagement in IHE pre-service training programs to sustain delivery of grant services throughout the state.