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Sanborn Regional School District nominated for $100,000 grant–Vote today to show your support!

Sanborn Regional School District has been selected as one of six finalists for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award, a $100,000 Nellie Mae Education Foundation grant. The award is granted to an individual, organization, school, or district that exhibits great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered learning approaches forward in New England.

This is a great honor recognizing the important work Sanborn has done in the PACE pilot project and in making competency based learning real for their student.  You can show your support for Sanborn and New Hampshire by voting here. Voting lasts through September 30, and is restricted to one vote per email address. (more…)

Newfound Regional High School, “working to provide a personalized, competency-based education for every student”

In 2005, New Hampshire became the first state to begin the move toward competency based education instead merely counting the number of courses in which a student spent the required time and received a passing grade. The Legislature mandated that by the 2008/09 school year, high schools measure credit according to students’ mastery of course competencies rather than seat time.

Competency based education makes it possible for teachers to personalize learning to the needs of each student.  Newfound Regional has jumped in with both feet and was featured recently on Competency Works, a leading website covering competency issues.   (more…)