LEARNING FORWARD NEW HAMPSHIRE
Purpose: “The purpose of LFNH is to provide vision, leadership and support for standards-based professional learning in order to build educator capacity and effectiveness in service of student learning.” Our mission is: "Every New Hampshire Educator engages in effective professional learning every day so that every student achieves." As a public service organization, we accomplish this purpose by promoting the vision and definition of high quality professional learning and by facilitating educators’ use of tools developed by our national organization, Learning Forward. Typical activities include conferences, workshops, book talks and professional conversations. Our message is reinforced by public service notices through our website, email, and newsletter communications.
Resources for NH Educators
One resource is a page of resources to assist educators with implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This free resource was compiled by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and includes introductory information about the CCSS as well as information about how to review instruction materials, instructional supports, implementation planning and information specific to the Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy standards. Links to resources for career and technical education, English Language Learners and students with disabilities are also provided. To access this free resource, click on the link here.
Revised Standards for Professional Learning were published by Learning Forward in 2011. The work of LFNH in 2012-2013 focused on the dissemination of information about the revised standards. To this end, LFNH and the NH Department of Education sponsored an event in March 2013 to introduce the standards to NH educators. Stephanie Hirsch, Executive Director of Learning Forward, spoke about the standards and informed workshop participants about many of the resources available to Learning Forward members for use in their implementation.
This work with the new standards also reached into the policy and advocacy arena. The NH Department of Education Professional Standards Board worked on revising the Professional Development Master Plan rules. Two members of the Learning Forward Board, Ginny Clifford and Laurie Johnson, were involved in this process that incorporated concepts from the new Learning Forward standards into the NH Master Plan requirements. These rules have been approved by the NH State Board of Education and are in effect for plans due in June 2014.
Additionally, The New Hampshire Department of Education was selected as a critical friend for Kentucky’s work to incorporate the Learning Forward Standards into efforts around professional learning, teacher effectiveness and implementation of Common Core Standards. Karen Soule and Ginny Clifford led this initiative and were able to communicate many professional learning successes from NH schools to educators in Kentucky and across the country. A video of Karen’s presentation with the Alliance for Education can be viewed at: http://media.all4ed.org/webinar-jul-31-2012
Learning Forward New Hampshire, formerly the New Hampshire Staff Development Council, has followed the lead of the National Staff Development Council and updated its name to better reflect its mission.