$315,451,470 to be distributed to NH LEA’s from the ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (ARPESSER). USDOE Fact sheet on the use of these funds can be located HERE. One of the options on the list is: “purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) for students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including students from low-income families and children with disabilities.”
FCC program: Please share with NH families:
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is aFederal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visitinghttps://getemergencybroadband.org.
State Report: (Refer to http://reachinghighernh.org/2021/04/26/nh-education-roundup-april-26-2021/)
In a recent report from Reaching Higher NH, SB 130, the statewide school voucher bill, could disproportionately affect rural districts, districts that serve large proportions of low-income students, and districts that have lower capacity to raise revenue through taxes (often referred to as “property-poor” communities). SB 130 would create taxpayer-funded “Education Freedom Accounts” for low- and moderate-income families to use for private school and homeschool expenses. The bill was passed by the Senate last month, then laid on the table with the expectation that it would be included in the state’s 2022-2023 budget “trailer” bill, HB 2. Last chance for public input on that budget is May 4th, 1pm or 6pm.
New Hampshire Education Network was launched in March by the Reaching Higher NH team. The network is a group of educators, elected officials, parents, community leaders and members of the public who share an interest in public education. Each month they provide updates and information on key education issues and conduct small-group discussions. Register to be part of the network here.
Kathleen McClaskey, NHSTE's Advocacy Chair
The NHSTE Pat Keyes and Susan Janosz Award nominations are back for 2021 and are now open, with the deadline for nominations set for Friday October 1st, 2021.
Do you have a teacher or teacher leader in your school or district who should be acknowledged for their contributions to school, students, faculty, and school culture? Do you know a local “technology hero” who went above and beyond to help learners and other teachers survive the difficult times of the past year? This is the perfect opportunity to let that person know their efforts are appreciated and recognize their contributions.
We are looking forward to celebrating the exciting efforts of NH educators once again. Nominate yourself or a friend for one of these two Prestigious NHSTE awards.
Pat Keyes Technology - Using Educator Award
The NHSTE Technology Using Educator Award is named in memory of Pat Keyes; a former secondary teacher in the Keene School District who served NHSTE in many capacities including editor of the NHSTE Connections. The nominee for this award will be an educator who exemplifies the following:
Functions as a public or private PreK-12 teacher providing direct instruction in a New Hampshire school(s).
Developed effective units integrating educational technology.
Demonstrated improved student performance with application of technology.
Shared ideas/initiatives in formal and informal arenas using traditional and electronic methods.
Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award
The NHSTE Technology Impact Award is named in memory of Susan Janosz, longtime employee of the Manchester School District who was employed as a Technology Integrator. The nominee for this award will be an educational professional who exemplifies the following:
Provides leadership in a public or private PreK-16 New Hampshire school(s).
The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, statewide, regionally and/or nationally.
The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiatives to advance the use of technology in education.
Supported technology within the context of school reform, restructuring and improvement.
Demonstrated a commitment to ongoing self-education by keeping abreast of emerging technologies.
The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominee's efforts.
In the past, this award has gone to Technology Directors, Technology Coordinators, Technology Integrationists, Curriculum Coordinators, Media Specialists/Generalists, SAU Administration (i.e., Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents) and/or School District Administrators (i.e., Principals and Vice Principals).
Award winners receive $1,000, a plaque, and a letter of congratulations from the Governor. They are also nominated to receive a NH Edies Award in the spring of the following year.
For more information on the application process and links to nomination forms, visit the NHSTE Awards page on the website at http://www.nhste.org/NHSTE-awards.
NHSTE Awards Chair
Please consider passing this along to someone in your district that deals with e-rate. Thank you.
An annual E-rate survey is being conducted, asking schools and libraries to contribute their opinions and experiences with the E-rate application process. The survey results will be tabulated and shared with Congress, the FCC and the public this summer. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey. You can do it anonymously, if you choose. The survey is available at this link:
I hope you will take a few minutes and complete it today. Your feedback is very important. Thank you!
NOTE: Even though the survey results are being gathered by a consulting firm, the state does not endorse any specific E-rate consulting firm. The survey link is being shared because it is a convenient means for you to offer your opinion, along with other applicants, in a format with which the FCC is familiar. This email is not a statement for or against any E-rate consulting firm.
Thank you for helping keep New Hampshire’s voice strong.
Hello NHSTE Membership,
NHSTE Advocacy Chair
More Information From ISTE's Advocacy Update:
The COVID-19 public health crisis continues to impact schools across the country. With closures likely to extend into the 2020-21 school year, states and districts are continuing to leverage online learning. However, notable gaps exist between the quality of learning accessible to students from advantaged and disadvantaged communities. Therefore, significant and equitable funding is critical to ensure that all students are able to receive effective instruction.
The effects of COVID-19 on students and families require district leaders to collaborate with local stakeholders — including administrators, classroom teachers, school support staff, parents, and students — to plan strategic actions that allow digital learning to effectively and equitably continue into the summer and beyond.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Turnaround for Children, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), and the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education (NHSTE) — who are members of the broader COVID-19 Education Coalition— provide three key considerations that districts must keep in mind as they build immediate and long-term plans:equitable infrastructure, active digital learning content, and educator capacity building. See the new resource here.
From the NH State Director of Broadband Technology, Carol Miller. Please feel free to share this with your respective district parents, community members, and elected officials.
While it is still difficult to consider the impacts that COVID-19 is having on all aspects of the overall broadband network, it could not be a better time to attempt to measure the weak points of the broadband infrastructure and obtain valuable information for our state and providers in the industry. That's why the NH Broadband Investment and Planning Initiative has partnered with Mission Broadband on a survey.
Your participation in this survey is extremely important. The survey is intended for distribution to organizations, municipalities, and residents statewide. Help us to direct participants to an online survey that was crafted to capture gaps in service and the capacity needs for development of the infrastructure of the future. Please send the link below out to all of your contacts; business and residential.
State of New Hampshire Social Distancing Broadband Impact Survey
The NH survey is intended for distribution to organizations, municipalities, and residents statewide. Help us to direct participants to an online survey that was crafted to capture gaps in service and the capacity needs for development of the infrastructure of the future.
Mission Broadband will handle all the logistics, monitor the survey, collect results and provide data and a report to for review. The data will be made available to anyone attempting to help move broadband efforts forward in NH and the region by request.
Director of Broadband Technology
Division of Economic Development
Department of Business and Economic Affairs
State of New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Department of Education is hosting their second annual Assistive Technology Fair virtually this year. The 2020 Assistive Technology Fair is being developed by Inclusive Technology Solutions, and promises to be an exciting day long virtual event.
The Fair will run from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST. This event will bring together New Hampshire based practitioners and organizations; national Assistive Technology presenters and vendors. The day is comprised of 25 minute assistive technology presentations. The program will consist of 25 minute EdCamp-style conversations; and, 25 minute vendor presentations. Over 40 sessions will be available throughout the day and the best part of all – the event is FREE!
Plan. Explore. Create. Share – Assistive Technology
Wednesday, May 20, 2020; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The virtual hybrid conference experience will include:
Details and schedule can be found at https://pecs-at.com/pecs-at-conference-2020/.
Register for the event and explore the on-line schedule at bit.ly/atexpo520.
Free Webinar: Learn About the National Online Teaching Standards Tuesday 5/12/2020
SETDA is excited to offer this professional learning opportunity for educators to better understand how to teach online either full time or in times of remote learning via the Teaching Online: National Online Teaching Standards Webinar. Participants will receive an introduction to the national online teaching standards and how they can support all teachers. The 2019 edition of National Standards for Quality (NSQ) Online Learning was published by the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) and Quality Matters (QM) to provide the K-12 online and blended learning community with an updated set of openly licensed standards to help evaluate and improve online courses, teaching, and programs. There are three standard sets – Online Programs, Online Teaching, and Online Courses – and this edWebinar will focus on the Online Teaching standards. In addition, a representative from Virtual Virginia, Virginia’s statewide virtual school, will share strategies used to introduce and implement the online teaching standards within their program.
Registration to attend the live presentation is limited to 1,000. You can sign up to receive an email with the recording link.
This edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation. To Get a CE Certificate for this edWebinar Learn more
At each NHSTE Board meeting, we are trying to share out some new idea, cool happenings, great edtech projects, etc. This month, we gathered a few resources for schools in regards to pandemic outbreaks and preparations for schools. Here are some links to review:
NH DOE Press Release Feb 28, 2020
NH Department of Health and Human Services Resources
US Department of Ed Resources
Interim Guidance for Schools from the CDC
Washington Post: What schools and teachers should be doing now about coronavirus, according to the experts
EdWeek School Resources
EdWeek Post: Coronavirus and School Closures: What Are the Legal, Logistical Issues?
Kidblog & Coronavirus
Please consult the Google Spreadsheet for more informational resources.
New Hampshire! It’s your time to SpeakUp!
Join us for an online webinar on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST.
Get an overview on our Speak Up Research Initiative and how you can get involved. Understand the methodology from Speak Up creator and lead researcher Dr. Julie A. Evans Learn why it is vital for you to collect this data from your stakeholders and how you can translate it into actionable knowledge. We'll share all the basics about Speak Up and how to use it successfully in your school (s)/district (s).
Register for this Webinar
Registration Link https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJQuc-mspzMplhgX6a0cL0aVB3htw6SkKA
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