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Film Festival

The 2018 North Country Student Film Festival will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Rialto Theatre. Learn more.


Teacher Residency for Rural Educators

TRRE Residents and representatives from their community agencies gathered to celebrate a successful summer. Pictured left to right are: Alicia Chevoor, Naomi Levesque (FRC), Dan Lord (UNH), Missy Croteau, Holly Munce, Dr. Andrew Coppens (UNH), Christine Whiting (UNH Cooperative Extension), Kim Dorman, Lori Morann (North Country Rec Center), Shannon Wydra, Andy and Muller (AMC). Missing were Denise and Eddie Wood from Colonel Town Rec.

TRRE Residents and representatives from their community agencies gathered to celebrate a successful summer. Pictured left to right are: Alicia Chevoor, Naomi Levesque (FRC), Dan Lord (UNH), Missy Croteau, Holly Munce, Dr. Andrew Coppens (UNH), Christine Whiting (UNH Cooperative Extension), Kim Dorman, Lori Morann (North Country Rec Center), Shannon Wydra, Andy and Muller (AMC). Missing were Denise and Eddie Wood from Colonel Town Rec.

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 trre.program@unh.edu or calling 603.862.5337.

 


North Country Scholars 2017

Front: Cole Schoonover, Chelsea Pike, Autumn Brown, Rabecca Hucksoll, India Drummond, Nina Badger. Second row: Makaila Weir, Haley Watson, Corey Gadwah, Alexis Owen, Cassidy DeWitt, Sydney Lambert. Third row: Audrey Coulombe, Tiffiney Poirier, Brooke Lawson, Jillian Mason, Connor Kerivan, Avery Cheng, Shayne Hudson . Back row: Sierra Lamphere, Dustin Peterson, Jared Cape, Vajl Adamkowski, Carter Merrill, Brianna Chase, Daniel O'Connor, Laura Superchi .  Missing from photo: Myra Arsenault.

Front: Cole Schoonover, Chelsea Pike, Autumn Brown, Rabecca Hucksoll, India Drummond, Nina Badger. Second row: Makaila Weir, Haley Watson, Corey Gadwah, Alexis Owen, Cassidy DeWitt, Sydney Lambert. Third row: Audrey Coulombe, Tiffiney Poirier, Brooke Lawson, Jillian Mason, Connor Kerivan, Avery Cheng, Shayne Hudson . Back row: Sierra Lamphere, Dustin Peterson, Jared Cape, Vajl Adamkowski, Carter Merrill, Brianna Chase, Daniel O'Connor, Laura Superchi .  Missing from photo: Myra Arsenault.

 

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

Learn more


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.

Front row: Ellen Skonberg, Kinsley Nicoll, Cynthia Wenger, Colleen Poulin, Dee Hebert, Tayla Cummings. Back row: Ada Robbins, Sheila Rich, Matt Hunt, Kristen Rollins, Mariah Perreault, Martha Thompson, Steve Rodgers, Connie Robinson. Missing from photo: Jessica Hyde.

Front row: Ellen Skonberg, Kinsley Nicoll, Cynthia Wenger, Colleen Poulin, Dee Hebert, Tayla Cummings. Back row: Ada Robbins, Sheila Rich, Matt Hunt, Kristen Rollins, Mariah Perreault, Martha Thompson, Steve Rodgers, Connie Robinson. Missing from photo: Jessica Hyde.

 

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. 

This team specialized in using nichrome wire as a cut-down mechanism.

 

Testing the balance of the prototype.

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. 

Front row: Todd Lamarque - Lancaster School, Shelley Koehler - Lafayette,  Erica Sieberg - Lafayette, Danielle Whitcomb - Lakeway, Katherine Landry - Stark School, Tammy Fauteux - Berlin Middle School, Sue Greenlaw - Bethlehem School, Lorna Holcombe - Groveton Elementary, Michelle Fox - Groveton High, Stephanie Antonucci - Stratford, Janet Strauss (facilitator), Jackie Daniels - Lisbon, Daniel Mackin - Stratford, Mark Fiorentino - Colebrook Academy, and Elaine Sherry - Pittsburg. Back row: Sherri Gregory - Jefferson, Michael Berry - WMRHS, Greg Fillion - Littleton High, Eric Daffinrud - Lakeway,  Kevin Carpenter - Berlin High School, Peggy Bromley - Lakeway, Christopher Blair - Edward Fenn, Shelli Roberts (Facilitator Intern), Roland Pinette - Berlin High, Bridget Gagne (Facilitator Intern), Kerry Sheehan - Profile, David Backler (Facilitator), Lisa Perras - Groveton High, and Martha Miller - SAU 3. Missing from photo: Paul Bousquet (Facilitator)




 


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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.


Employment Opportunities at NCES

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