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Don’t sit there! Dover students stand up for learning

Kudos to Dover Middle School for piloting standing desks in their classrooms! Allowing movement in the classroom has been linked to positive behavior changes in students and more “on-task engagement,” according to CNN.

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How do kids REALLY learn math? Here’s what 10+ years of research says

The Institute for Education Sciences has published results from 200 studies spanning over 10 years on how kids really learn math. Findings include more than 25 effective strategies for helping students learn, and identify some practices that aren’t working as well as many may have thought. 

For Business LEGO President: You have to do education with children, not to them or for them

LEGO President: You have to do education with children, not to them or for them

The entrepreneur spoke out for helping our kids develop the skills they’ll need to succeed in 21st century life–skills like creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.

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NH residents push for equal access to quality early childhood education

The Union Leader featured a piece by Spark NH director Laura Milliken underscoring the importance of early childhood education in New Hampshire. Equal access, she writes, is critical to the health and future of our state.

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Don’t sit there! Dover students stand up for learning

Kudos to Dover Middle School for piloting standing desks in their classrooms! Allowing movement in the classroom has been linked to positive behavior changes in students and more “on-task engagement,” according to CNN.

Daniel J. Bakie Elementary School

Don’t jump in yet: kindergartners who share, collaborate have better life outcomes, study suggests

From working together, to resolving problems on the playground, early childhood programs like kindergarten and preschool help kids develop their social and emotional skills at a young age. But a new study from the American Journal of Public Health suggested that these social-emotional skills have long-lasting effects on adulthood–including employment […]

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Nashua doubles down on competency grading

Nashua’s Board of Education voted to officially endorse the competency-based grading system their teachers have been working on for several years, according to The Nashua Telegraph. 

Students use pre-Calculus to complete a performance assessment

Disaster relief mission makes math relevant for this pre-Calculus class

New Hampshire’s performance assessment model uses locally-developed assessments and requires students to show what they know by applying lessons to real world situations. This method fosters deeper learning and lasting retention of information. What does that look like? Check out this video to see a real performance assessment in action, from Edutopia: 

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Story time is a critical building block for 21st century skill development

We know children benefit in countless ways when we read with them. Reading is Fundamental highlights some 21st Century skill starters –like helping children better understand their feelings (i.e. Emotional Intelligence) — in their list, 10 Benefits of Storytime: 

Sanborn High School

NH’s VLACS stands out as a success story for online learning

Many states are taking notice of New Hampshire’s successful online K-12 school, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS). Several attributes make it stand out from other online K-12 options: strong student-teacher relationships, a focus on competency, personalized instruction, and the unique way the state funds the school, according to The Hetchinger […]

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Science standards help students develop the skills they’ll need for tomorrow’s workforce

Already, sixteen states have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)–a set of standards that shifts science class from “learning about to figuring it out.” Although they’re rigorous and involve higher level concepts, they’re designed to be accessible for all students and help them make sense of the world around they […]

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Advanced courses don’t help kids in college–critical thinking does

A new study by The Brookings Institution suggests that critical thinking and reasoning skills help college-bound students more than taking advanced or AP courses in high school, according to The Atlantic. As New Hampshire schools transition to competency-based learning and integrate higher standards into their classrooms, students gain more of […]

Are school-business partnerships the answer to addressing the skills gap?

Are school-business partnerships the answer to addressing the skills gap?

New Hampshire businesses, especially manufacturing-based companies like GE Aviation in Hooksett, are coming out to emphasize the state’s labor shortage, according to The Boston Globe. Today’s manufacturing jobs are increasingly technical and require different sets of skills than decades ago. In response, New Hampshire’s schools are working with industry to […]

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Londonderry personalizes learning with online portal

This year, Londonderry will be expanding the use of their online assessment portal, iReady, to include grades 2 through 7, according to The Eagle Tribune.