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UNH physicist: “Edelblut fundamentally misunderstands how to train scientists” | MyTurn Concord Monitor

UNH physicist David Mattingly explains why practicing science, as the NGSS requires, is the best way to learn the material and become a problem solver.

Business leader Val Zanchuk: “Don’t destroy a top public school system” – MyTurn in the Concord Monitor

Business leader Val Zanchuk: “Don’t destroy a top public school system” – MyTurn in the Concord Monitor

New Hampshire civic and business leader Val Zanchuk writes an oped about the damage vouchers would do to New Hampshire’s top performing school system, making the point students from higher income families would be the primary beneficiaries.

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

The Monitor provides background on the lack of sufficient Republican support for the ambitious voucher bill and reports that the State Employee Association has weighed in heavily against Commissioner Edelblut’s proposed reorganization plan.

Nashua teacher: Student engagement due to NGSS approach is amazing

Nashua teacher: Student engagement due to NGSS approach is amazing

  Lisa Janosik, a peer curriculum coach in Nashua, defended the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) after the Nashua Board of Education proposed delaying their implementation for one year, reported the Nashua Telegraph. Board member David Murotake proposed the hold on the standards because of changes in state and federal policy […]

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Moharimet Elementary School’s first and only principal to retire in July

Moharimet Elementary School’s first and only principal, Dennis Harrington, will retire in July, according to Seacoast Online. They published a wonderful piece about his career–from his Peace Corps years in India to teaching in Poland, to leading Durham’s elementary school. 

Daniel J. Bakie Elementary School

Achievement gap study: PACE special education students do as well as other students in 8th grade math

UNH doctoral candidate Carla Evans looks at whether competency education improves academic achievement for special education students. She finds dramatic results: PACE students with IEPs do about as well in 8th grade math as those without IEPs.

Concord Monitor: State board, Edelblut clash on science standards

Concord Monitor: State board, Edelblut clash on science standards

The Concord Monitor gives says that, although commissioner Edelblut testified that he was “the implementation guy,” he wanted to review the science standards without SBOE authority. The board stated clearly that there would be no review.

Pre-engineering classes and school-business partnerships take off in NH as part of STEM initiative

Pre-engineering classes and school-business partnerships take off in NH as part of STEM initiative

Parenting NH featured a piece on school-business partnerships in New Hampshire and the growing influence of STEM (and STEAM) in our schools. For almost 20 years, New Hampshire tech leaders have participated in the Department of Education’s Pre-Engineering Technology Advisory Council (PETAC), a leadership team that helps develop and update pre-engineering […]

Weekly legislative update: Council will vote on Commissioner Edelblut’s 4 year term, House will vote on voucher bill

Weekly legislative update: Council will vote on Commissioner Edelblut’s 4 year term, House will vote on voucher bill

Most towns have had their town meeting day last week. If you ran for a local position, we appreciate your dedication! Win or lose, it’s important to make your voice heard. We’re tracking local results on issues like full-day kindergarten and school building aid, so stay tuned.

Nashua middle schoolers build robots, holograms, and more as a part of pre-engineering program

Nashua middle schoolers build robots, holograms, and more as a part of pre-engineering program

Nashua is full of hackers, coders, and structural engineers. They’re working with 3D printers, developing sensors for robots, and developing new apps. But they’re not adults–they’re sixth and seventh graders at Elm Street Middle School, and the Nashua Telegraph featured a great piece on them.