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April 2019 
Leadership & Entrepreneurial Advancement Program
White Mountain Science Inc., in partnership with White Mountains Community College and the Northern Border Regional Commission, is offering an exciting leadership and entrepreneurial program for high school students interested in making, innovating, and STEAM. 
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Application for LEAP

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The North Country Partnership for SEL Practices, working through the core team and advisory committee, has been working diligently on moving towards region-wide adoption of CASEL's 5 core competencies as the framework for systematic social and emotional learning. Some highlights of efforts underway are:
  • Drafting of a guidance document on SEL competencies, including performance indicators, strategies, and practices from birth through adulthood.
  • Applying to CASEL's Collaborating States Initiative for technical assistance and support from AIR consultants and experts
  • Presentations regarding the NCP4SELP at:
    • Coos Connections Early Childhood Education Summit on April 2
    • NHSAA Best Practices in Student Behavioral Health Conference on April 9
    • Music City Social Emotional Learning Conference on June 27
School feature
The White Mountains Regional School District's System of Care office recently helped support the production of "Everyday SEL" in a "I teach because..." video. Two of the staff from Whitefield Elementary School who implement SEL strategies are featured in the video.
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Looking for more SEL news?
With the number of opportunities and updates related to SEL, the NCP4SELP will periodically publish a standalone newsletter. The April issue is available here. The SAU 36 System of Care also publishes monthly newsletters.  The latest newsletter was on the topic of self-care.
February issue

High Schoolers Sought to Serve on
the Empower Coos Youth Grants Committee

The Tillotson Fund’s Empower Coös Youth Grants Program partners with youth in assessing community need, overseeing grantmaking activities, deepening connection to place, and developing leadership skills. At the core of the program is a youth committee of 10 to 15 high school aged representatives, each bringing a diversity of life experience, regional knowledge, and personal interests. Committee members – invited to serve up to two years – are responsible for making grant recommendations on all applications in the Empower Coös Youth Grants Program.
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  2018-19 Empower Coos Youth Committee
(photo by Cheryl Senter)
For information on how to apply to serve on the committee, please contact Jean Clarke at 603-225-6641 X20238 or email Student committee member applications are due by Monday, May 6, 2019.
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CS North Summit 2019
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The 2019 CS North Summit will bring together teams to work on implementation plans for integrating computer science (CS) at the elementary level. 
Anticipated outcomes
  • Collaborate and share ideas with fellow teachers/administrators in region schools
  • Share starting points and strategies for K-6 CS
  • Review K-6 CS success stories
  • Review NH implementation timeline/requirements
  • Build a set of next steps for your school
  • Create version #1 of your school’s CS plan!
When: Tuesday/Wednesday, August 20 & 21, 2019
Where: WMSI, 23 Ammonoosuc St., Littleton, NH
Cost: Free, refreshments and lunch provided.
Stipend: $150/day as these are work sessions to create an CS implementation plan.
Who should participate: Your team should ideally consist of two educators from your CS Task Force and the principal. If you don’t have a task force yet, two educators who are willing to take the lead on how your school will address computer science and act as a liaison to your colleagues are recommended.
Eligibility: The summit is for North Country schools that have participated in the CS North Project. Participation means your school engaged with support from White Mountains Science Inc. this year in building awareness and knowledge around the role of the elementary grades in the requirement to integrate computer science K-12. See registration page for list of eligible schools.


Screening of Intelligent Lives on May 16th in Whitefield, NH
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Nominations Sought for Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship
Louise TilltonsonThe Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship program strives to raise public awareness about the value of excellence in education and to retain good teachers in New Hampshire’s North Country and in Essex County, VT. This award is made to up to three teachers each year. Each fellow receives a cash award, typically from $10,000 to $15,000, to be used at his or her discretion.
The fellowship was established in 2006 by Louise Tillotson, a self-made businesswoman, wife of Neil Tillotson (founder of the Tillotson Corporation and former owner of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel), and resident of Dixville Notch.
Any kindergarten through 12 grade public school teacher who works in New Hampshire’s North Country Region (upper Grafton and Carroll Counties and Coos County) and in Essex County, VT is eligible to be nominated. Colleagues should complete and submit a nomination form with supporting materials by Friday, April 26, 2019.
Learn more

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at NCES
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Register: Via UNH

Coos Connections Early Childhood Education Spring Summit
ccycf pageThe 4th semi-annual Connections for Early Childhood Education Summit, sponsored by the Coos Coalition for Young Children & Families, was held on April 2, 2019 in Gorham, NH.
The opening address was made by First Lady Valerie Sununu who spoke to the importance of early childhood education. 
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First Lady Valerie Sununu (left) and Mollie White, Executive Manager of the Coos Coalition
for Young Children and Families at the April 2nd summit.(Photo courtesy of Edith Tucker)

The purpose of the summit was to:
  • Continue the work to sustain positive social/emotional development in children
  • Through regional work-groups, expand communication between early childhood educators across Coos County, as well as Grafton County
  • Develop shared goals for information sharing for children entering kindergarten
Another summit is planned for the fall of 2019. 

Chris Nelson Memorial Technology Grants
money buttonGrants applications are being accepted through May 1st from NH pK-12 public schools for up to $4000 for projects in emerging instructional technologies through the Chris Nelson Memorial Grant Program.
Learn more at NHSTE

From the RELN Blog: Why My Rural School Matters
Debra Norwood, principal of Piermont Village School recently penned an article, Why My Rural School Matters: It Makes Us a Community, for The Rural Educational Leadership Network. 
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To read what Debra had to say, visit the RELN Blog.

Google for Education Summit Hosted by HCMS
app event logoOn April 27, 2019, Haverhill Cooperative Middle School is hosting the White Mountains NH Summit featuring Google for Education. Learn about the latest developments and updates in workshops led by practicing educators, certified trainers and others who are leaders in the Google for Education community. All sessions at the Google Summit include hands-on activities so that you learn by doing rather than listening.
Learn more

Curious George's Ties to NH & the Rey Center Mobile Program
Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their pursuits live on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at the Curious George Cottage. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to honoring the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding and participation in art, science, and nature through programs for youth, adults and families. The center now offers mobile learning programs.
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The mission of Rey Center Mobile Learning Center is to meet the needs of under-served children in central and northern New Hampshire. From story times to science and art classes and beyond, the mobile program serves youth aged 3-14 by coming to their communities both during school hours and after school. With the community’s participation, the most effective locations will be identified and may include: school, green spaces and town/public spaces. For more information visit the Rey Center webpage or contact Leah Elliot, Executive Director,

Social Studies Professional Development
C3 Framework for K-12 educators
Learn or deepen your understanding of the C3 Framework with the guidance of Professor John Lee, one of the authors of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards.
  • High School: August 5-6, 2019 (two full days), $350 per person
  • Elementary School: August 7, 2019 (one full day), $90 per person
  • Middle School: August 8-9, 2019 (two full days), $350 per person
New Hampshire History Institute
This four-day workshop provides an overview of New Hampshire history, covering topics like colonial and revolutionary New Hampshire, immigration, industrialization, and tourism. Explore the new elementary social studies curriculum, "Moose on the Loose," which uses state history to teach ELA, math, science, and social studies. This free, online curriculum, created by the NH Historical Society, will be available in Fall 2019.
Dates: August 12-15, 2019
Cost: $150 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Location of events: NH Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord
For more information contact Katie Corbett at NH Historical Society, at or 603-856-0644.
Note: The College, Career & Civic Life - C3 Framework for Social Studies State Frameworks are available online.

Polly Bath: Teaching Social Skills is an All Day Event!
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Polly Bath will keynote the 2019 North Country Regional Professional Development Conference on October 11th.
When a student gets in trouble in school it is invariably because they did not have the social skills to handle what was facing them. Instead of teaching social skills as a separate curriculum, Polly Bath uses teachable moments in the classroom, hallways, and lunchroom to teach students the social skills and good manners they need to be successful.  She unravels the typical school day and classroom, exposing the countless times students are called upon to have good social skills, including in the academic setting. 
Discover the embedded social skills requirements in the average classroom that can make the socially unskilled, but academically prepared student look as if they do not know the lesson, or don’t know the material well enough to complete an academic assignment, when they do. 
In this keynote, liberally spiced with Polly’s signature humor and stories, she guides the audience to a new way of helping kids improve their behaviors by helping them build their skills on the spot–right when they need them.
Everyone will leave with “take-homes” pertinent to their own age group to directly impact classroom success and behavior.
Date/Time: Friday, October 11, 2019 from 8:00 - 3:00
Location: Berlin School District Auditorium, Berlin, NH
For: K-12 educators.
Cost: SAUs 3, 7, 20, 35 & 68 and Canaan, VT are fully participating and staff from those SAUs do NOT need to register individually. For all other SAU staff, the registration fee is $95/person for staff from member schools and $125 for others (includes lunch).
Registration: Contact Lisa Nadeau at

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Want to learn more about education funding in NH?
Reaching Higher NH has a series of articles that explains different aspects of the issue. 
Advancing NH Public Education has several articles on education funding as well.
Follow the Save Our Schools page on Facebook.
Sign up for a weekly email update from the School Funding Fairness Project here.

2019 NH Kids Count
Data Book

The 2019 New Hampshire Kids Count Data Book is now available online. It examines key child well-being indicators, statewide and by county. Along with providing raw data on children's health and wellness, the Data Book includes key takeaways and policy recommendations to provide a framework for state policy which will support all children and families.
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Key findings and recommendations.

Granite Guarantee:
Tuition-Free College

The Granite Guarantee is a financial aid program that makes college possible for qualified first-year and transfer New Hampshire students by covering the cost of tuition for up to four years. 
Learn more about the Granite Guarantee process at participating schools:
or learn more about the program through the University System of New Hampshire or by calling 844-309-3855.

CIA Scholarships & Internships
High school seniors and college undergraduates can apply to the Central Intelligence Agency scholarship program until July. Program highlights include:
  • Up to $18,000 per year for tuition
  • A year-round salary
  • A job at the CIA after graduation if you perform well and pass security processing.
Learn more

Foster Care: Short-term and Long-term Families Needed
It is probably not a surprise to hear there is a need for foster homes in the North County area for children of all ages and sibling groups. However, did you know there are foster care opportunities for short-term care and providing respite - like fostering only on weekends?
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If you’ve ever thought about becoming a foster parent, please act now. You decide what you can handle. If you’d like to learn more about the foster care program, contact Linda A. Pivin at (800) 972-6111 Ext. 28326 or (603) 752-8326 or or visit the NH DHHS webpage on Becoming a Foster Parent.

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Supporting North Country schools in planning for comprehensive and strategic implementation of computer science in grades K through 12.

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Coos Adult Learner Services offers small group instruction in basic reading, writing, math, English for English Language Learners, and preparation for the HiSet exam.
Services available in Berlin, Colebrook, and Lancaster locations. The program serves all of Coos County. 
Volunteer tutoring opportunities as well. 
Call 603-752-1927 to get started.

Feeling Overwhelmed?
Many school insurance carriers offer free employee assistance programs, even for those not participating in health coverage.
HealthTrust Schools
LifeResources Employee Assistance Program, call 1-603-769-8463.
NH Interlocal Trust Schools
Employee Assistance Program (EAP), call 1-855-853-1528.
SchoolCare Schools
Strength & Resilience Program, call 1-800-809-9598.
Contact your Human Resource department for details regarding participation in employee assistance programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 
BBBS of NH is actively recruiting for "Bigs" and "Littles" in the North Country.  Site-based programs are in the works for Groveton, Whitefield, and Lancaster areas. There is potential for matches in other communities. Visit
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Protecting children is all of our responsibility. The Granite State Children’s Alliance, New Hampshire’s network of Child Advocacy Centers, served 2,359 child victims of abuse last year. But with only 10% of victims reporting, we know there are 21,231 child victims still waiting for help. Know & Tell is a new public responsibility movement to educate Granite Staters to KNOW the signs of abuse and TELL responsible authorities.  

Scholarships for
North Country Stu
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The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation has announced the Tillotson Fund Scholarship program. The Tillotson Scholarship Fund focuses on students from Coos County, NH, and surrounding border communities in northeastern Vermont, who plan to attend any post-secondary institution including vocational and technical schools, community colleges, or four-year colleges or universities.
Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue early childhood studies or have identified an area of study in a field that holds strong potential for economic and career advancement such as teaching, welding, advanced manufacturing, business, information technology, or electronic engineering.
Scholarships will generally range from $2,000 to $6,000 per year depending on financial need and will be tied to academic progress. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2019.
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NCES Online Professional Development Library & Educational Student Texts
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Want to enhance your ebook collection?
Check out the hundreds of educational ebooks available to NCES member schools:

School Resources About Military Families
There are many resources available to school personnel who are working with military connected families including the NH National Guard. Visit  the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State's Applied Science Research Center for more information.

New Hampshire schools with questions should contact the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard School Liaison Officer, Kristen Ferullo, for more information at or (207) 318-1730. Learn more.

Help support NCES' mission
With your tax deductible donation, you are invited to support NCES' mission of:
  • Being a leader in providing professional development and educational services, 
  • Facilitating partnerships and fostering collaborations that benefit member schools,
  • Advocating for resources for teachers and students, and
  • Continuously creating  opportunities  that enhance education in the North Country.  
Contact Information
North Country Education Services
300 Gorham Hill Road
Gorham, NH 03581 
NCES  is an equal opportunity employer and provider. 
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