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Elementary Science PD for FREE!

Leveraging a unique partnership, instructors Lisa Gilbert from the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and Bill Church from White Mountain Science Inc (WMSI) will give you new tricks for Earth and Space Science content from both placed-based and design based approaches.

Design a Geologic Time Line Like No Other  

Date/Time: Monday, March 13th, from 4:00 to 8:00 at NCES (originally labeled #1 and scheduled for Feb 13 but snowed out)

For: NGSS Grade span focus Grades 2-4, others welcome

In this workshop, you will start with snow and end with technology stars to design a very unique geologic timeline. We will explore past geologic events in earth’s history, the current slow motion North/South magnetic pole reversal, and geologic events that happen over years, days, or even minutes.  We will use AMC and WMSI’s blend of using place-based curriculum techniques with design and technology based learning tools. If you want to spice up the slow crawl of geologic time for your students, this is the workshop for you. Dinner will be provided. Please come dressed to be outside for a portion of the time.


An optional $200 stipend will be available for presenting a small place-based project that was the result of your participation in an online "virtual meet-up" in May. 

Para-Educator Series

Thanks to support from Jane's Trust, NCES will be offering a series of free professional development sessions one evening a month from October through May from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The presenter will be live at NCES in Gorham with video conference locations in Madison, Colebrook, and Lisbon.
Cost: FREE and paras employed by a North Country school will receive a $35/stipend (1st 40 registered per session).
Monthly topics and presenters:

  • Workshop #6, Zones Regulation: Part II, Thursday, March 23 (added date because of snow postponements), 2017 with Chelsea Hunnewell

    • In part II, we will debrief on the posters that were created and discuss observations from what worked, what did not, and what the challenges were from incorporating zones with students.  We will focus in on the difference between the yellow and red zone: learning to identify where our student is and determining what language we use when talking to a student in the yellow and how to we approach a student in the red.  This will include what is our body language saying, what are the triggers, and how to incorporate the art of self-talk.

Registration: Online here or by call NCES between 8-4, 603-466-5437

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 with David Freschi

    • The Role of the Para in Working with Autistic Students

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 with Deborah Stuart (not the same as above)

    • The Paraprofessional's Role in Promoting Success in Arts Classrooms

During registration you will indicate where you will attend (in-person at NCES/Gorham, video conference at Madison, Lisbon, or Colebrook). We will open the registration for the other workshops at a later date.




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Register by calling 800-268-5437 or 603-466-5437.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions held at:

North Country Education Services
300 Gorham Hill Road
Gorham, NH 03581
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Registration questions may be directed to or by calling 603-466-5437.


Payment Options

For workshops with the online payment option, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, debit card or PayPal are accepted. The charge will be processed through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account.

Cash, check, purchase orders and money orders accepted as well. 

Cancellation Policy for Professional Development Events

  • All received registrations are subject to Cancellation/Refund policy. A full refund will be made for cancellations sent via email 7 days before the event.
  • Refunds will not be given if the request is received less than 7 days prior to the event.
  • Refunds will not be given for “no shows”.
  • NCES accepts substitution of another person. 24 hour advanced notice is appreciated.*Registration fee or signed Purchase Order is due on or before the event.
  • NCES reserves the right to postpone or cancel events.