For Immediate Release
Posted: March 30, 2022


Kim Houghton, Communications Administrator
(603) 513-3030 |

Five rural schools selected for TeachUNITED customized supports    

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Education is pleased to announce its new partnership with TeachUNITED, which will provide five rural schools in New Hampshire with individualized professional development for their leadership teams and educators.

Schools were selected for this unique opportunity based on their need and instructional improvement goals articulated in their applications. Awardees include Barnard Elementary School in South Hampton, Stevens High School in Claremont, Northwood Elementary School in Northwood, Cornish Elementary School in Cornish and Strong Foundations Charter School in Pembroke. 

“This new partnership will support teachers and rural school leaders with strategies necessary to set and reach ambitious student goals,” said Frank Edelblut, commissioner of education. “This collaboration has been forged to not only help teachers connect with their peers and students, but truly prepare students for the future.” 

The focus of the program is to transform practices, engage youth and form professional learning communities within Rural Education Achievement Program school districts. 

“Rural school leaders and educators face unique challenges ranging from teacher recruitment and retention to geographically limited access to additional services,” said McKenzie Snow, director of the division of learner support. “Through our partnership with these recognized schools and TeachUNITED, we endeavor to build rural school capacity, spur classroom innovation and improve learner outcomes.”

Designed for both teachers and school leaders, the coaching program highlights strategies for growth mindset, data-driven instruction and personalized and blended learning.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our school. I’m hopeful it will support and expand on some of the great work that is already underway here. We are very excited to have been chosen,” said Karin Denholm, principal at Cornish Elementary School. 

The initiative aims to empower rural district leaders and educators to master the most effective and impactful methods for supporting sustainable improvement in the classroom. The project is funded with Title II Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and totals $170,000 through June 2023. 

About TeachUNITED

TeachUNITED is a non-profit founded in 2016 that works with educational partners to provide world-class teacher and administrator coaching programs that focus on key strategies proven to provide real, tangible results. Its mission is to reduce inequality through education by focusing on rural and underserved communities where educational disparities are most acute. For more information visit TeachUNITED.