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Four Schools Selected to Represent New Hampshire at Regional Conference on Educational Innovation - The Schools Will Share Successful Strategies with Colleagues from Across New England

Four New Hampshire schools—Hillsboro-Deering High School (Hillsboro), Making Community Connections (MC2) Charter School (Manchester), Sanborn Regional High School (Kingston), and Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (Exeter)—have been invited to represent New Hampshire at a regional conference on effective strategies for improving teaching and learning in the 21st century.

The conference, High School Redesign in Action, will take place March 20–21, 2014, in Norwood, Massachusetts. It is sponsored by the New England Secondary School Consortium, a state-led regional partnership committed to high school innovation. All the selected schools have made significant progress raising student achievement, graduation rates, college-enrollment numbers, or other indicators of educational success.

“While we face many challenges in public education for students in schools today, there are great things happening. I am proud and excited about the hard work going on in New Hampshire public schools. These four schools are just examples of the best practices and quality instruction taking place in NH to ensure our students are being prepared to meet the challenges of college and careers. They are working to support learning that is not constrained by artificial time and location barriers and emphasize real world learning and application. In our work with the New England Secondary School Consortium, we are able to learn together with educators throughout the region in order to develop both the strategies and the knowledge that support dynamic learning environments for students,” said Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., Commissioner, NH Department of Education.

In collaboration with the departments of education for Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, the presenting schools were selected not only for their exemplary work, but also for their extraordinary commitment to making sure every student has a chance to succeed, to live a fulfilled and meaningful life, and to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live. In addition, three of the presenting schools—Hillsboro-Deering High School, Making Community Connections Charter School, and Sanborn Regional High School—are members of the Consortium’s League of Innovative Schools, a multistate network of secondary schools working together to improve their programs and performance. The League’s goal is to promote the exchange of best practices and innovative improvement strategies throughout the region.

The New England Secondary School Consortium is a regional partnership working to advance forward-thinking innovations in secondary education that will empower the next generation of citizens, workers, and leaders. The Consortium’s goal is to ensure that every public high school student receives an education that prepares them for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. The Consortium is funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropy in New England focused exclusively on education, and it is coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit educational-support organization in Portland, Maine.

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