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New Hampshire's Story of Transformation

This publication represents our state’s story—one of the successes and struggles to transform an entire education system from the bottom up rather than the top down—to promote ownership and nurture real and lasting change.

The work to design and create this publication began more than 12 months ago, yet the stories we’re telling in here have a history much deeper than that. The publication walks through this history, providing insight into New Hampshire’s educational transformation, which includes: exploring the impetus of why we’re making these changes; our vision for the Granite state; models from our classrooms, districts and partnerships; the lessons we’ve learned and where we see our system moving from here. The narrative is threaded together with videos of our students, educators, parents, administrators, higher education leaders, policymakers, business community and educational organization partners as they share their experiences and reflections. is the Web site that is home to the publication; from here you can access the live, multimedia version; watch a video welcome from Commissioner Barry and more. We look forward to hearing your feedback and reflections on the work.

NH Vision 2.0: New Hampshire Goes First - A Blueprint to Scale Competency-based Education across a PreK-20 System, a new multimedia publication that builds on the 2014 New Hampshire Story of Transformation. This work is the culmination of the past six months of planning, where we pushed ourselves to answer the question: What would need to be true in New Hampshire to prepare all of our students for the complex future that awaits them? This resulting blueprint is our answer.

Our Voices through Video
Peek into the experiences, insights and innovations happening across our educational system each day through our collection of videos. Watch our students, parents, community members, business leaders, educators and state leaders share their stories. The below is a list of the videos contained within this publication.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan shares why learning is fundamental to the future of our young people.

Watch New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner Virginia Barry, Ph.D., and an elementary school class in Derry, New Hampshire as they set the stage for New Hampshire’s story of transformation.

Dr. Mark Joyce, Executive Director of New Hampshire’s School Administrators Association, shares his thoughts on why New Hampshire’s education system needs to continue to adapt to meet our students’ needs.

Former New Hampshire Education Commissioner and President of the Nellie Mae Foundation, Nicholas Donohue, provides context for why New Hampshire made certain choices to shift the learning experience for students.

New Hampshire Deputy Commissioner Paul Leather provides a look into the history of competency-based learning in New Hampshire and what the plans for the future hold.

Fred Bramante, former New Hampshire School Board of Education Chair, shares the history of a competency-based system in our state.

The Manchester School District, the New Hampshire business community and the university and college system of New Hampshire are teaming up to create a collaborative learning experiences called STEAM Ahead.

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Dr. Todd J. Leach, Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire discusses the collaborations happening across the higher education ecosystem in partnership with our K-12 schools and districts.

Dr. Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, discusses the partnerships between the community college system of New Hampshire and our K-12 schools and districts.

Watch Tom Raffio, President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental along with other policy leaders discuss the role of the business community in our learning system.

Fred Kocher, President of the New Hampshire High Technology Council and Founder and President of Kocher & Company, Inc., provides examples of how businesses are collaborating with K-12 districts and schools.

Instructional Core: Meaningful Content
Watch these New Hampshire districts’ stories as they share their paths to ensuring all courses are designed with meaningful content and purpose.

Instructional Core: Meaningful Content, Math Lesson
Take a peek into one elementary math classroom in New Hampshire to watch how the New Hampshire College and Career Ready standards have shifted instruction.

Instructional Core: Rich Tasks
Watch how these districts in New Hampshire use performance assessments and more to steer the learning experience.

Instructional Core: Instructional Quality
Hear from Governor Hassan and a range of districts from across our state that have empowered and supported their educators to facilitate rich learning experiences in their classrooms.

Instructional Core: Student Engagement
Watch how these New Hampshire districts cultivate an environment where students are fully engaged and excited about learning.

Watch how Manchester School of Technology transformed its learning for students.

Use of data has the potential to be a significant driver of personalizing student learning. Watch one New Hampshire district’s story.

Technology is not the silver bullet for all of our educational challenges, but it’s certainly critical in expanding opportunities of our educators and learners. Watch how some New Hampshire SAUs have applied technology as a disruptive innovation in their environments.

Scott McGilvray, President of New Hampshire’s National Educator Association (NEA), talks about why supporting educators throughout their careers is instrumental to the success of any innovation in our learning system.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Tom Burack gives insight into the connection that’s being built across many government agencies in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Senator Nancy Stiles and other business and educational leaders share their insight on the future of learning in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Representative Mary Stuart Gile provides insight into the connection between our K-12 districts and our business community.

Brenda Willis, Executive Director of the New Hampshire PTA and Derry School District Board Member, shares the role of parents and families in an educational system’s success.

Watch what Executive Director of New Hampshire’s School Administrators Association, Dr. Mark Joyce, has to say about support and change management throughout the process of innovation.

Senator Molly Kelly shares her thoughts on the future of learning in New Hampshire.

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