Education

Education
5:30 am
Tue December 23, 2014

The Data Is Tricky To Parse, But Online Charter VLACS Seems To Work For Students

Pauline Landrigan (left) and Lisa Kent demonstrate what it's like to be a teacher for VLACS
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This is the second of two stories about  New Hampshire’s Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, (VLACS) New Hampshire’s statewide online charter school. To read the first, click here.

Pauline Landrigan, an English teacher with VLACS, is touching base with one of her students, Siri Condike.

“Are you going to be together with family in a couple of days?” asks Landrigan.

“No actually I’m going to be working,” Condike responds.

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Education
5:34 am
Mon December 22, 2014

N.H. Online Charter School Growing By Leaps And Bounds

Pauline Landrigan (left) and Lisa Kent demonstrate what it's like to teach for VLACS, the state's only online charter school.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Nearly every school in the state has students like Tristan Quismundo. He goes to high school in Londonderry and failed English his sophomore and junior years.

“I kind of just get distracted, and wander off think about other things, ‘cause I don’t really find English literature that interesting.”

But as of 2008, students like Quismundo have another option. Now he’s a senior, and instead of just making another go at the classroom, he signed up for VLACS, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School.

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Education
3:49 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

VLACS By The Numbers

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR
Education
10:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New Hampshire Institute Of Art Names New President

Kent Deveraux
Credit New Hampshire Institute of Art

After about a year of searching, the New Hampshire Institute of Art has named a new President.

A music professor from Seattle will take over as president of the Institute. Kent Devereaux currently teaches at and chairs the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Devereaux praises the Institute’s undergraduate programs and a new Master of Fine Arts program and says they’ll attract more students.

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Education
7:50 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Keene State Taking Part In Study On Higher Ed Economic Inequality

Many students at Keene State College in New Hampshire and Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it.

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NH News
2:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Report: At $32,795, N.H. Once Again Tops In Average Student Debt

Credit NHPR Staff

A new report finds New Hampshire college graduates are – once again – burdened with the most student debt.

According to the annual report from the nonprofit Project on Student Debt, students who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities in 2013 had an average debt of nearly $33,000, the highest in the nation.

This marks the third time in four years New Hampshire has had the highest average debt, after ranking second highest last year.

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Education
8:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Three N.H. School Districts Awarded $10 Million Mental Health Services Grant

Franklin High School
Credit Via Wikimedia Commons

Three school districts in New Hampshire are sharing a federal grant worth nearly $10 million to improve access to mental health services in schools.

The grant to the Berlin public schools, the Franklin school district and the district covering Colebrook, Stewartstown and Pittsburg will serve about 4,000 people for five years. About 700 adults will be trained each year with the goal of making schools safer and reducing bullying, suspensions, substance abuse and behavioral problems.

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Education
5:30 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

After Pilot, 'Bar Exam For Teachers' Set To Launch State-Wide

UNH students taking part in the Pilot of the new "teachers' test" familiarize themselves with the requirements
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

As early as next year, college students in New Hampshire teacher preparation programs will be taking a new test. It’s known as the TCAP, and all 14 of the state’s teacher education schools are adopting it voluntarily. While some states have opted to sign on to tests designed elsewhere, the Granite State has blazed its own trail when it comes to creating what has been compared to a bar exam for teachers.

Every student teacher who has graduated from UNH knows about the Portfolio. It was a collection of reams of lesson plans, tests, handouts; the artifacts of teaching.

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Education
4:49 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Raising The Bar? N.H. Teacher Prep Colleges Face New Requirements

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

  Many teachers and teachers-of-teachers will tell you that after passing your certification exams, graduating and getting your certificate, you’re still not ready to teach.

“You have the idea of what’s going to go on, but when you walk in the idea is usually just blown to heck and back,” says Joe Cilley a high-school art teacher at Belmont high school.

“The problem is that college is theory, it’s all theory! It’s not practice,” adds Kelly Hamilton, who teaches English in Belmont.

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Education
10:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

$10 Million Gift Given To UNH For In-State Student Scholarships

Credit Via UNH Website

A long-time benefactor to the University of New Hampshire is giving the school $10 million in scholarship support to students from the state.

The gift, announced Monday, is from Harvard alum and Tuftonboro resident Dana Hamel and will increase the endowment of the already existing Hamel Scholars fund. It will mean the fund has $17 million dedicated to scholarships for New Hampshire students who show academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. The school hopes the money will help make the school more competitive with high-performing students.

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Education
12:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Lebanon College Students Lament Closure, Look For Options

Lebanon College stands empty in the heart of the downtown mall.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 3:53 pm

As the fall college term gets underway, some Upper Valley students are finding themselves in limbo. That’s because they had enrolled in New Hampshire’s Lebanon College, only to find out without warning that their school was closing.

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Education
2:18 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

UNH Manchester Will Expand With Move To New Location

The stairwell inside UNH Manchester's current building on Commercial St.
Credit NHPR Staff

The University of New Hampshire's Manchester campus will move into a new building next spring as it begins offering new programs in science and technology.

The campus will move from its current location on Commercial Street into the historic and renovated Pandora Mill building in March.

The building sat vacant with trees growing from its rooftop for decades before the restoration efforts began several years ago.

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Education
5:19 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

State To Manchester: 'Smarter Balanced' Test Is Not Optional

Credit Melanie Holtsman / Flickr CC

The New Hampshire Department of Education has rejected the Manchester School District’s request to opt-out of a new standardized test to be given this spring. In a letter to the school district, Education Commissioner Virginia Barry writes that if Manchester doesn’t administer the Smarter Balanced exam, it could lose nearly $17 million in federal education funds.

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Education
3:23 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Portland Public Schools Planning Online Program

The exterior of Portland High School in December 2012.
Tom Porter MPBN

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:34 pm

The Portland Public School Department plans to launch an online program this year. The district is trying to get a slice of the virtual school pie as it faces competition for students — and funding. But some educators remain skeptical of yet another online option. Portland officials say it's an important — and innovative — option for students.

The first day of school is a busy one for Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk. He rides his bike to district schools to personally welcome students back.

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Education
11:25 am
Thu August 28, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Reinstates Education Tax Credit Program

Supporters of the education tax credit gathered on the steps of the State Supreme Court when arguments were heard this spring.
Credit NHPR Staff

A unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling out today says a controversial school choice program will once again be able to give tax-credit-funded scholarships to religious schools, but today’s ruling is far from the final word.

Under the Education Tax Credit, companies can give donations for scholarships, and claim 85 percent off their business taxes. Scholarship organizations use those donations to give money to students who want to change to private school, a different public school, or homeschool.

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