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The Paraprofessional's Role in Promoting Success in Arts Classrooms

Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, 2017  from 4:00 to 8:00 with Deborah Stuart

Cost: FREE and paras employed by a North Country school will receive a $35/stipend (1st 40 registered per session).

Location: During registration you will indicate where you will attend (in-person at NCES/Gorham, video conference at Madison, Lisbon, LinWood or Colebrook). 
Registration: Online here or by call NCES between 8-4, 603-466-5437

This workshop is designed for paraprofessionals and one-on-one aides working with students with special learning needs and with identified disabilities. Music and art classes are often the ones into which students are first integrated; both these areas can be effectively used to promote learning for students with different learning styles and those who do not succeed in core academic areas.
We will look at best practices for making these “specials” work well for all students, at adaptive strategies and tools, and at how to work with the art and music teachers to help them offer a wide array of ways that students can participate and learn, so that all may feel successful and grow in skills and enjoyment
Our look at successful inclusion is based on Universal Design for Learning, a method of approaching teaching and learning that takes into account a wide variety of learning styles and needs and focuses on effective paths to student engagement. It is also a practical and effective basis for offering students different ways to show what they know and are learning.
The workshop will be interactive, using real-life examples which include a wide array of differentiation. Time will be given to addressing questions about specific challenges, and peer exchange will be part of the workshop.

Planning and Conducting Science Investigations in the Elementary Classroom

Instructors: Dr. Sarah Turtle and Jacquelyn Wilson
Dates: Monday, June 26- Tuesday June 27
Time: 8:30 to 2:00
Location: NCES, Gorham, NH
Cost: Free to certified NH educators, refreshments and lunch provided

Join us for a 2-day workshop to gain more experience with science activities and field investigations. Our goal is to get you excited to teach science, using NGSS as a guide. You will participate in the process of science by making observations; asking scientific questions; designing and carrying out investigations; analyzing and interpreting data; constructing explanations; and supporting claims with evidence. We will work outside and inside, as we conduct full scientific investigations from “start” to “finish,” and explore the use of Google Sheets and other tools for basic graphing and data analysis. We will provide a variety of approaches and ideas that can be modified for different grade levels in the elementary classroom. Many of the activities featured will provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of science concepts as well as develop skills needed to meet CCSS in math and ELA.

Past participants of workshops with Jackie and Sarah are welcome to attend. These will be new projects and activities. 

Register: Online or call NCES between 8-4 M-F at 603-466-5437 or email

High Altitude Balloons: Edge of Space Institute

Instructors: Bill Church and Steve Roberts
Dates: July 24, 25 & 26, 2017
Location: NCES with possible travel to other outdoor locations
Cost: Free to NH certified educators

Launch a science experiment to 100,000 feet.  During this three day workshop, we will establish the criteria and constraints for a weather balloon science payload.  We will then design payload box(s), practice our launch procedures, and practice our radio tracking procedures.  Finally, weather permitting, we will launch to the edge of space!

Example experiments could include temperature data logging, UV exposure data logging, wind speed, fast plant seed exposure to low temps and high radiation environments.   We will deploy at least two camera systems to photograph the entire journey to space and back.

Register: Online or call NCES between 8-4 M-F at 603-466-5437 or email


LEGO Robotics and Coding

Instructor: Bill Church
Dates: July 31 & August 1, 2017
Location: NCES
Cost: Free to NH certified educators

With a history dating back to the mid 1990’s, MINDSTORMS is a well established robotics kits for upper elementary through middle school and beyond.  The current version of the MINDSTORMS kit is based on the EV3 programmable brick, a very durable unit with four inputs, four outputs, and plenty of computing power for a very wide range of science and engineering design projects.  This workshop will give the participant everything from a “getting started” experience through intermediate topics in programming, structures, and mechanisms. 

Who is this workshop for?  Beginner/Intermediate teachers interested in using MINDSTORMS in classroom projects, after school clubs, and FIRST LEGO League competitions

Register: Online or call NCES between 8-4 M-F at 603-466-5437 or email

STEM Building Skills

Instructors: Bill Church and Steve Roberts
Dates: August 3 & 4, 2017
Location: NCES
Cost: Free to NH certified educators

During this skill building two day workshop, you will learn or review the use of STEM construction tools for cutting, drilling, fastening, gluing, soldering, and prototyping a range of STEM builds.  You will also learn strategies for using low and medium risk tools with students (e.g. glue guns, soldering irons, and power tools).  Finally, you will put your tool use into practice with fun quick, medium, and large scale projects from scratch such as stomp rockets, hovercrafts (small and human sized), pinewood derby tracks, rumble racer tracks, catapults (small and large), and kiddie pool sized boats and submarines.

Register: Online or call NCES between 8-4 M-F at 603-466-5437 or email



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Unless otherwise noted, all sessions held at:

North Country Education Services
300 Gorham Hill Road
Gorham, NH 03581
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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.