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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


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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

Santina Thibedeau
Project Director
(603) 271-6693
Mary Lane
Project Consultant
(603) 271-3740
Grants and Contracts Technician
(603) 271-3843
Amy Jenks
Project Consultant
(603) 271-3842

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