NH RESPONDS: Professional Development for Excellence in Education, will address children and youth in early childhood education (preschoolers), elementary, middle, and high school, including students with a full range of mild, moderate, and severe disabilities through school demonstration sites in five SAUs throughout the state. Specific outcomes include (a) improved social/emotional skills, (b) improved acquisition and use of literacy knowledge and skills, (c) reductions in major problem behaviors, suspensions, expulsions, and dropping out of school, and (d) increased rates of graduation, competitive employment, and enrollment in postsecondary education.
The New Hampshire Department of Education has selected five (5) SAUs, geographically spread across the state, to work over the next 4 years of the grant period (2008-2012). Within each selected SAU, three schools, including 1 early childhood education (ECE) program, agree to work toward project outcomes. NH RESPONDS demonstration sites will receive training, technical assistance and support to their SAU-wide administrative team and their ECE and school teams working on developing and implementing a comprehensive and integrated 3-tier approach to literacy and behavior support. The New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS at SERESC) and the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (IOD at UNH) will serve as the lead training and technical assistance partners for the initiative.
The five SAUs selected through a competitive application process to be NH RESPONDS Demonstration Sites are
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