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Next Steps logoCollege, Career and Life Readiness

SPDG logo Funded by Offices of Special Education Programs; State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

The goal of NH SPDG is to increase the number of students with disabilities and/or at risk of dropping out of school that are college and career ready in NH through the implementation of evidenced based transition practices.

For further information: Next Steps NH Purpose

Request for Proposas: RFP #SPED-2015-1
Next Steps NH: Implementing Secondary Transition Practices in Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs

The purpose of this RFP is to seek proposals and bids from New Hampshire Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) with Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs to develop secondary transition curriculum focused on transition planning, family engagement, and Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs), in their teacher preparation programs. The intent is for students to leave the Special Education Teacher Preparation Program with knowledge of secondary transition practices and strategies they will need to prepare students to be college and career ready.

Next Steps Project Staff Acrobat Reader Organizational Structure Acrobat Reader
Goals and Objectives Partners
Grant Proposal Acrobat Reader Presentations
Summary of Activities: Year 1 and Year 2 Acrobat Reader
Federal Reports: FY 2013 Grant Performance Report Acrobat Reader
FY 2012 Grant Performance Report Acrobat Reader


  • Next Steps NH Website
    The Next Steps NH project provides professional development and coaching to selected New Hampshire high schools for the purpose of increasing the graduation rate of students with disabilities, and students at risk. This is done through the implementation of evidence-informed transition planning practices that help students prepare for college, career and adult life. This website is part of the project and will house all tools and resources developed as part of the project.
  • Beyond the Classroom Website
    New Hampshire legislation allowing for credit-bearing learning outside the classroom dates back to 2005. In 2008, the NH Department of Education began a multi-year Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Initiative with funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF). Since then, the initiative has provided financial support and technical assistance to ELO pilot sites, facilitating development of school-level systems to provide students of all types with the opportunity to experience an ELO project. Much of what was learned through that work is represented in this website. This site was developed by the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST) at Keene State College, in collaboration with the Q.E.D. Foundation and an advisory group of educators from around New Hampshire.
  • Family Engagement Groups Manual Acrobat Reader
    A How-To Guide for Including Parents in Reviewing Transition Practices
    A family engagement group is an effective method for learning how your families feel about their involvement in transition planning. Family Engagement Groups are a way to include parents in a review or assessment of school practices. This manual was developed by New Hampshire’s Parent Information Center (PIC) as part of the Next Steps NH project.
  • Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) Video
    Extended Learning Opportunities allow New Hampshire students to earn credit through learning experiences that happen outside the traditional classroom. Many but not all NH high schools offer ELOs at this time. Watch this 15 minute video, "Students at the Center: Extended Learning Opportunities at Pittsfield Middle High School." to learn more.
  • Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) Informational Flyer Acrobat Reader
    This flyer was developed by the Parent Information Center and is a resource that answers the following questions: What are Extended Learning Opportunities?, How Can Parents Be Involved?, What if My Child Has a Disability?, and Why ELOs?
  • Secondary Transition for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
    This is a multimedia training and reference tool about Secondary Transition for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). This tool is to help special educators, agency staff, parents, and others to gain a better understanding of transition planning best practices.

Cohort 2 Schools:

  • Somersworth High School
  • Conval Regional High School
  • Winnacunnet High School
  • Lin-Wood Public School

Cohort 1 Schools:

  • Mascoma Valley Regional High School
  • Kingswood Regional High School
  • Merrimack Valley High School
  • Kennett High School

Our Cohort 1 schools received RENEW training from our partners at the Institute on Disability at UNH.

This training kicked off in June, at Merrimack Valley High School. Members of their staff along with participants from Kingswood Regional High School, received an in-depth training in the RENEW model and its process to give interested staff a set of skills and strategies to effectively work with struggling youth on a successful transition plan. Representatives from the Parent Information Center (PIC) attended as well to offer insight into effectively engaging families in the RENEW process. The RENEW model is a research-based school-to-career planning and support intervention for youth and young adults with emotional and behavioral support challenges. The model, developed in 1996 in New Hampshire, has been implemented in school, community-based, residential, juvenile justice, and mental health settings and has been shown to positively engage and assist young people who are struggling at home, in school, and in their communities.

Attendees at this two day training received a series of skills and knowledge to start implementing RENEW in their practice. Skills taught are as follows: engaging youth in participating in the RENEW process, personal futures planning with facilitated mapping, resource development to meet the youth’s needs, RENEW team process strategies and facilitation, school to career planning, and strategies in supporting the youth to be in charge of the RENEW process. A brief overview of systemic features that need to be in place to ensure the successful implementation of RENEW was covered through group activities, instruction, and videos. A third day booster training for all participants attending this training will be offered in the fall, in addition to follow-up technical assistance . This 2 day training will continue to be offered this summer to our other Cohort 1 schools. These schools include: Kingswood Regional High School, Kennett High School, and Mascoma Regional High School.

Next Steps NH Renew Facilitators Training Acrobat Reader

RENEW model training


Cohort 1 Kick Off Training


Cohort 1 Schools
Kick Off Training

Amy Aiello
Project Director
(603) 271-1536
Mary Lane
Project Consultant
(603) 271-3740

Penny Duffy
Grants and Contracts Technician
(603) 271-3843

Amy Jenks
Project Consultant
(603) 271-3842

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