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NCES & WMSI are excited to be coordinating the 2017 CS4NH Summit being hosted by WMCC on Saturday, September 30, 2017
In addition for Dr. Jennifer Wang from Google keynoting, there is an awesome set of sessions covering content for pK through 12 at the CS4NH Summit taking place this Saturday, 30 September 2017 in Berlin, NH. Learn more.
Teacher Residency for Rural Educators
Teaching residents from UNH’s TRRE program recently gathered at NCES with partners from community agencies throughout the North Country to celebrate a summer of learning and service. As part of their 15 – month UNH M.Ed. program, these pre-service STEM teachers broke through classroom walls to build relationships within the communities where they will be learning to teach. In the process, they learned about the abundance of resources available for educators in the North Country.
“Along with getting to know people, our residents were delighted to learn of so many community education efforts that parallel the work going on in schools,” states Dan Lord, who directs Community Engagement for the TRRE program.
Community engagement is one of the three tenets guiding UNH’s TRRE program, which prepares people with strong math or science backgrounds to become elementary or secondary STEM teachers committed to living and working in high-needs rural schools. Residents begin the program with summer internships in the community where they will learn to teach. When school begins, residents partner with a mentor teacher in the classroom while working closely with clinical faculty from UNH. NCES collaborates with UNH to offer space and support for M.Ed. coursework and symposia.
The TRRE program is funded in part by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership program. The program is funded in part by a five-year grant from the US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership program. Residents earn a graduate degree while working toward teaching certification. They benefit from a living stipend and a significant tuition discount; in return, they commit to teaching in a high-need rural school for three years. UNH continues to support residents by helping with job placement and early-teacher induction for the first two years.
As Director of Pedagogy and Clinical Experience, Dr. Tom Schram lives in the North Country during the week to provide intensive support for the Residents, their Teacher Mentors, and their hosting schools. “We want everyone to benefit from this opportunity,” states Dr. Schram. “Our program rests on three pillars: a thorough clinical experience with robust content and pedagogical instruction embedded in the community. We expect our residents to become committed North Country teachers who harness the strength of their communities through links to in-school instruction.”
People with a strong background in science or math seeking teacher certification are encouraged to apply to the program. Information is available at http://cola.unh.edu/education/program/trre or by emailing Dr. Ann Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 603.862.5337.
North Country Scholars 2017
North Country Student Film Festival
The 2016-2017 North Country Student Film Festival was held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 to a full capactiy crowd at the Rialto Theatre in Lancaster, NH.
This year's theme, Through Our Eyes, features the categories of:
- Innovation North of the 44th
- Life North of the 44th
- The Future We Envision North of the 44th
Paraprofessional Professional Development
NCES has been awarded a $150,000 grant for 2016-17 from Jane's Trust to provide professional development for paraprofessionals.
There are two parts to this project:
1) Coursework through White Mountains Community College for a cohort of 15 paras that will cover all the competencies to achieve Para Level II certification.
2) An evening series of pd for paras (live at NCES and video conferenced to Colebrook Academy, Madison Elementary and Lisbon Regional). More info on the para series.
High Altitude Balloon Challenge
Students from Profile, Berlin and Woodsville High School have been engaged in launching high altitude balloons. They were among students and teachers who spent three days this summer on the project. Profile students successfully launched as part of local STEAM course in the fall.
Learn more and check out the highlights of the high-altitude balloon launch project involving 12 high schools students and 6 educators.
Young Women in Engineering Conference
Teams from Berlin High School, Lisbon Regional, and Whitefield School were among the 120 young women who participated in a day-long event in Claremont, NH on October 7, 2015. Our thanks to our STEM Resource Partner participants who traveled with the teams, Lucie Kinney, Leslie Houghton, and Erv Connary.
Third Cohort of the NISL Executive Development Program Underway
Twenty-five participants are engaging in the 24-day program. This cohort is supported by local district funds, Title IIA redistribution funds, and a State Agencies for Higher Education grant.
Announcements from the NCES Twitter Feed
North Country Student Film Festival
Competition for grades 4-5-6 and 7-8
Educators from NCES member schools have access to over 50 professional development eBooks from ASCD. Contact NCES for the password.