Reaching Higher NH aims to elevate education through alliances

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Board members of Reaching Higher NH, top row, L to R: Pawn Nitichan, Selma Naccach-Hoff, Scott McGilvray, middle row, L to R: Donnalee Lozeau; David Juvet, Mark Joyce, Lew Feldstein; Steve Duprey, Kass Ardinger; bottom row, left, co-chairs Tom Rath and Alan Reische.
Board members of Reaching Higher NH, top row, L to R: Pawn Nitichan, Selma Naccach-Hoff, Scott McGilvray. Second row, L to R: Donnalee Lozeau, David Juvet, Mark Joyce. Third Row, L to R: Lew Feldstein; Steve Duprey, Kass Ardinger; Bottom row, co-chairs Tom Rath and Alan Reische.

MANCHESTER, NH – Education has emerged as a key issue across the state, from local wrangling over assessment testing and Common Core, and the need to increase technical learning and funding of upgraded equipment, to the exodus of sending schools (and their revenue) from Manchester School District, along with the high cost of a college education.

Enter a new non-profit coalition of educators, politicians, business people and community leaders, called Reaching Higher NH, which last week announced their formation, and interest in engaging everyone with a stake in public education to join them.

Their website is broken down into sections targeting teachers, parents, school leaders, school boards and legislators, although there is no link specifically for students.

Below is information directly from the group’s website with a call to action for those who would like to join them as “advocates,” including a sign-up form to be placed on their mailing list and stay up to speed with legislation involving education initiatives.

Click here to read more about the board of directors, pictured above, and click here for the group’s mission statement and objectives.


Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 11.32.16 PMWe are bringing together voices – businesses, teachers, parents, community members and civic organizations – from every region of New Hampshire to convey our shared vision for New Hampshire public education.

Our schools have made great progress in recent years. New Hampshire is a national leader in student achievement, in personalizing learning for every student, reducing reliance on standardized testing, and providing a supportive environment for teachers.  And we set high standards for our students.

But our schools face real challenges.  We need to further reduce our dropout rate, improve our students’ achievement math and English, enable more of our students to compete for 21st Century jobs. Your voice is important in support of a vision for New Hampshire’s public schools and setting high expectations for our students.

Reaching Higher NH would like to enlist you as an Advocate for Our Public Schools. When we talk with the media, legislators and the citizens of New Hampshire about how to continue to foster high standards for ALL New Hampshire students, we represent you.

It’s easy.  Please just take these four steps:

  1. You can be notified of new information on Reaching Higher just by entering your email over on the right.  And subscribe to our weekly newsletter.
  2. Stay up to date on education legislation at the Reaching Higher NH Bill Tracker.
  3. Like us via the Facebook and post about us on your Facebook page.
  4. Follow us on Twitter and suggest that your Twitter followers do it too.

OUR INITIATIVES

  1. Promote the continued successful adoption and implementation of college and career readiness standards in New Hampshire school districts.
  2. Expand personalized learning based on competency based education.
  3. Support a system of high quality assessment that allows parents, teachers and school administrators to evaluate individual student learning and progress.
  4. Support and promote initiatives that strengthen public education and better educational outcomes for students.
  5. Raise public awareness about these issues.
  6. Work with key stakeholders to educate New Hampshire citizens about these issues.

WHAT DOES REACHING HIGHER ASK AN ADVOCATE TO DO?

  • If you’re inspired to do so, give us a quote and a picture for the web site showing your support for public education.
  • Subscribe to our email newsletter.
  • Some supporters might want to speak up for high standards. This might be in letters to the editor, opinion pieces, or on social media.
  • Participate in optional monthly phone calls for background on and discussion of New Hampshire public education issues.
  • Attend regional or statewide meetings to hear from leaders, share information, and discuss issues in New Hampshire public education.
  • Testify to the New Hampshire House or Senate Education Committees on policy issues you care about.
  • Undertake other initiatives with Reaching Higher support.

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About Carol Robidoux 5480 Articles
Journalist and editor of ManchesterInkLink.com, a hyperlocal news and information site for Manchester, NH.