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Read about current challenges in education and assessment, and see how NHLI has successfully supported states, districts and schools in rethinking assessments and learning systems to help students prepare better for college, career and life.

/ October 31, 2018

NHLI Highlights Multiple Projects at iNACOL

Executive Director Ellen Hume-Howard, Director of Innovative Projects Jonathan Vander Els, and Project Director Mariane Gfroerer traveled to the annual iNACOL Symposium at the end of October to share the efforts districts, schools, and teachers are engaged in around competency-based and personalized learning.  The following sessions highlighted the work happening in New Hampshire schools.   […]

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/ October 31, 2018

Co-Designing Learning WITH Students: A Snapshot at Souhegan High School

Originally published in EdWeek, October 11, 2018 Authors: Sloan Facques and Zoe Garvey, Seniors, Kathy Maddock, Teacher, Kathy White, Dean of Instruction, and Rob Scully, Principal, all at Souhegan High School; and  Jonathan G. Vander Els, Project Director for the New Hampshire Learning Initiative The team behind New Hampshire’s Assessment for Learning Project (ALP) continues […]

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/ May 23, 2018

JFF: Jobs For The Future

New Hampshire offers innovative, successful approaches in competency-based and deeper learning practices and is a model for other states to follow. 

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/ May 23, 2018

Assessment for Learning Project

 During the 2017-2018 school year, our ALP effort has evolved significantly.  The New Hampshire Learning Initiative with Jonathan Vander Els as project director and Michael Turmelle as student exhibition lead, are partnering with the New Hampshire Department of Education,  the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment and Envision Learning Partners, in an effort […]

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/ May 23, 2018

Innovation Bright Spots in New Hampshire

Rochester Middle School http://www.rochesterschools.com/rms/  is our first pick as a “Bright Spot” of Innovation in education in New Hampshire.  This week we had the pleasure of participating in Learning Walks at the Rochester Middle School in Rochester, NH.  The Learning Walks gave us a glimpse into a model of personalized and competency-based learning that blends […]

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/ May 23, 2018

School ReTool

Leadership in a competency-based system is critical. Recognizing this, the Learning Initiative has been seeking ways to support school leaders in deepening the mindsets, knowledge, and skills and dispositions needed to effectively develop a competency-based and personalized model designed to meet the needs of all learners.   The Learning Initiative, in partnership with the Stanford […]

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