Since last summer, the Department has been working on advancing innovative approaches to K-12 learning known as "Next Generation Learning,” or NxGL. On Thursday, October 27, 2011 districts, Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), and others who have indicated interest in the NH Partnership for Next Generation Learning came together to learn more about Learning Studios and the emerging NH Network. Workshops engaged teams in what a Learning Studio might look like in a given school and community.
In the last month, the NH Department of Education has received a small grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to help coordinate this effort and to engage National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, (NCTAF), in this work. Recently, the Stupski Foundation has designated Manchester School of Technology as one of a select group of initial high schools nationwide to join a newly launched Learning Lab Network. Through this new initiative Manchester School District students, educators, and administrators will be connected to their peers nationwide, sharing lessons and building a body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the student centered approach.
Learning Studios create a scenario where a series of learning challenges are offered, for students, teachers, and community members. Within a Learning Studio, teams of students and adults work together to address the learning challenges. Learning Studios are seen as an excellent entry point to begin the transition to a more personalized, student-centered learning environment, discussed further within the Partnership for Next Generation Learning.
NH is one of seven states brought together to advance this NxGL principles. The other six state education agencies (SEAs) that stepped forward to be part of this bold effort, and demonstrated both readiness and capacity to establish an Innovation Lab-comprised of the SEA, district(s), school(s), and partners-within their state include Kentucky, Maine, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. These states work together with intensive support from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Stupski Foundation, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and others who will be engaged in the partnership.
For more information about the Partnership for Next Generation Learning go to www.education.nh.gov/innovations/nxgl/index.htm.