/ April 13, 2020

Silver Linings: Observations of Self-Directed Behavior in an Online Environment

There has always been a clear recognition of the importance of the critical competencies of communication, collaboration, creativity, and self-direction for success in the “real world” by teachers, parents, community members, and local business leaders. The “why” has never really been a question. However, providing opportunities for application of these skills in real-world situations that can transfer outside the walls of the school has been a question that educators have been grappling with.

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/ January 13, 2020

The Challenges of Bringing Essential Skills Learning to Students

Creating a system that can accommodate a wide range of learning contexts across a state can be difficult.  Teachers and leaders in New Hampshire share how they are tackling the integration of essential skills (aka Work Study Practices or deeper learning) into their classrooms.

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/ December 9, 2019

How School Districts in New Hampshire are Bringing Essential Skills to their Students

School districts across New Hampshire are working to embed essential skills like self-direction, communication, collaboration and creativity into their classrooms.  Improving kids learning means getting the tools, resources and rationales to teachers.

Building Essential Skills Today (BEST) for the Future is an effort to elevate the teaching and assessment of essential skills in our schools.

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