In This Issue

Letters and Foreward

Gail_Mears Letter from Dean Mears
By Gail Mears
Dear Colleagues: It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Spring 2015 edition of the New Hampshire Journal of Education. This edition focuses on engaged learning; a focus essential to preparing 21st century learners. Our students are preparing for jobs that have yet to be defined in a global climate of rapidly changing knowledge … Continue reading Letter from Dean Mears

Letters and Foreward

Roberta-Tenney From the President of NHASCD
By Roberta Tenney
NHASCD continues to serve as the state’s leading not-profit organization dedicated to inspiring excellence in teaching, learning and leading through professional development opportunities. By bringing outstanding nationally known authors and researchers to the state, NHASCD serves as a catalyst for conversation and action in school improvement. NHASCD works to make conditions for improvement robust . … Continue reading From the President of NHASCD

Letters and Foreward

Class-photo-MT Foreward
By Marianne M. True
We’re going digital! While this does represent significant change, in this, its eighteenth year in publication, The New Hampshire Journal of Education remains a collaborative effort between the New Hampshire Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Plymouth State University, serving to engage our readers as they reflect on their own experiences and practices. The … Continue reading Foreward

Practitioners Speak

Little2 Teacher Stories: Seeing Our Work, Our Students and Ourselves
By Meg Petersen
In her inaugural address, the 2014 Stevens-Bristow Fellowship recipient shares examples of “teacher lore,” providing a unique insider view of “what it means to be human in the context of a teaching relationship.”

Practitioners Speak

Hambacher_ChildrenHandinCircle Culturally Responsive Classroom Management: Going Beyond Behavioral Learning
By Elyse Hambacher
Based on observations of a fifth-grade classroom, the author highlights five culturally responsive classroom management strategies.

Practitioners Speak

Little Back to School: A Call to Educators to Welcome Parents into Our Classrooms
By W. Harrison Little
One middle school teacher shares both the anticipated and unanticipated benefits of inviting parents into his reading classroom.

Practitioners Speak

   by  woodleywonderworks  In the Pursuit of STEM – Reaching Learners as Early as Possible
By Mike Seong Son
The author discusses his STEM outreach initiative – Science Explorers, a summer science camp for first, second, and third graders.

Practitioners Speak

McKenney_MsStudentReading Making Education Meaningful for All: Meeting Common Core English Standards
By Yekaterina McKenney
The author emphasizes the need for students to have choices in their educations and endorses a modified version of Penny Kittle’s work, Book Love, to help students meet Common Core standards.

Practitioners Speak

Willis Using Video Game Model for Motivated Personalized Learning
By Judy Willis
The author discusses how studies of video game players provide teachers with a model for incorporating “individualized achievable challenges and ongoing personalized feedback” to help motivate students.

Practitioners Speak

Maccarthy 8 Ways to Engage the Reluctant Learner
By Kathy MacCarthy
The author describes 8 practical strategies classroom teachers can use to reach students who appear disinterested, distracted, or unmotivated.

Practitioners Speak

Thomas_TeachersTalking Four Keys to Quality Professional Learning
By Laura Thomas
The author offers practical advice for schools leaders planning and implementing professional learning that is not only effective, but transformative.

Practitioners Speak

Phillipson_ChildOnComputer Flexibility: A Key Strategy for Ensuring Success of the Online Learner
By Danielle Philipson
The author notes the enhanced need for flexibility in online learning environments where learners are often non-traditional students with competing priorities. A variety of strategies for demonstrating increased flexibility are offered.

Research

bully2 The Effects of the Courage to Care Program: Teaching Empathy to Rural New Hampshire Seventh Graders
By Rick Alleva, Patrick Shannon, and Malcolm Smith
This research article examines Courage-to-Care, a nine-week program designed to teach pro-social skills associated with improving empathy and reducing anti-social behaviors, and its impact on levels of empathy and bullying behaviors among middle school students.

Opinion

by  ffaalumni  K-12 Leaders: Look for Lessons Outside Schools
By Andy Hargreaves
The author shares insights from a seven-year study of unusually high performing organizations and emphasizes how education may benefit from adopting similar tenets.

Opinion

zhao Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence
By Yong Zhao
The author warns the United States and other Western countries about the dangerous consequences of educational authoritarianism.