New Hampshire Educators Offered Free Training to Further Build Skillsets
Department of Education partners with Granite State College to offer $2 million of educator training
Concord, NH - The Department of Education is excited to announce its partnership with Granite State College to bring professional development training to New Hampshire educators across the state. This program will be funded through $2.0 million federal Emergency Relief funds. These funds are designed to respond to the impact of coronavirus as well as build resiliency in the education system against such disruptions. The training will build educator capacity to design and implement remote instruction, including use of the state Learning Management System.
“We all expect that we will continue to be back in school this fall, but we also know that the circumstances we all lived through this last year could happen again,” stated Frank Edelblut, Commissioner of Education. “The COVID-19 relief funds that we will be using in support of this program are designated to help build this type of capacity and resiliency into our education system.”
Teachers completing five of the six eligible badges will be able to satisfy three graduate credits in Granite State College’s Administration of Online Programs graduate certificate, along with earning up to a $500 completion stipend. The goal of the department is to offer at least four cohorts of up to 1000 teachers each in 2021 and 2022.
“The program builds on evidence-based best practices to provide teachers with the necessary tools to support teaching and learning in a virtual environment when the need arises,” said Mark Rubinstein, the President of Granite State College. “The program will also integrate the statewide learning management system, providing teachers with hands-on experience and practical knowledge, as a complement to theory, to teach effectively in a remote or hybrid environment.”
Granite State College has decades of experience with both its State Board of Education approved Professional Educator Preparation Program as well as virtual instruction.
“This is an excellent opportunity for educators and districts to add another tool to their toolbox while also satisfying a portion of their professional development licensure requirements at no additional cost,” said Division Director, Steve Appleby. “This opportunity is open to over 27,000 licensed New Hampshire educators and will run through the end of 2022.”