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NHSTE Happenings

NHSTE Happenings is a section of our website where we share information about what is happening with our organization, with our partners and affiliates, in the profession of educational technology, and in the education profession in general. If you have some to share, please send us an email.

  • 26 Oct 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous member

    NHSTE's Fall Book Study Kickoff!

    Date:  Tuesday, November 2, 2021

    Time:  6:00 to 6:30pm

    Please join us for the kickoff of the NHSTE Fall Book Study! 

    Please click here to register.

    Please join NHSTE and Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year (ISTE August 2021) authors Karen Janowski, and Mike Marotta in a Virtual Book Study beginning Nov 2!

    This NHSTE Book Study kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 6:00pm via Zoom, with the authors, as they discuss their book and their vision for integrating technology strategies to improve learning for ALL learners. Participants will have access to their website and resources. 

    Karen and Mike will also join book study participants in December and again in January, to facilitate a discussion on inclusive learning.

    Want in?  It is as easy as:

    1. Be sure to sign up by registering on the NHSTE website ~ this ensures that you receive all the details moving forward!
    2. Order your book.
    3. JOIN us November 2.

    Can’t make it it Nov 2?  Don’t worry, all sessions with Karen and Mike will be recorded. 

    Order your book now from 

    ISTE.org's book store 

    to join the discussion!


    Register today and receive the Zoom link in the confirmation email!

    Questions? Please email Cathy Brophy.

  • 26 Oct 2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous member

    Let your voice be heard!

    Click HERE for the NHSTE Professional Learning Survey

    GET TO KNOW Your NHSTE Professional Learning Committee Chair

    Christina DiMicelli

    Technology Integration Specialist / Pinkerton Academy

    Google Certified Educator, Trainer, Innovator (#LAX18)

    ISTE Certified Educator

    What does this Chair do?

    Learning is essential in our ever-changing world and the NHSTE Professional Learning Chair is here to help you meet your professional learning needs and goals.

    We know that technology empowers teachers and learners.  The PL Chair will assess the needs of our NH educational professionals with regards to technology.

    NHSTE inspires, creates, and supports a culture of connected learners. The PL Chair will find meaningful, diverse, and timely professional learning experiences based on the needs of the NHSTE membership.  They will promote networking, the sharing of  ideas/best practices, and professional connection opportunities.

    A note from Christina

    Hello -  I’m excited to bring some new Professional Learning ideas and activities to the NHSTE community.  We fully recognize that this year is another challenging one for educators (bit of an understatement).  Therefore, before jumping into the planning process, I would love to hear from you. 

    To ensure what we are providing is valuable and directly related to what you need right now, it is important that we hear your thoughts.  I put a survey together and am hopeful that you can take a few minutes to go through it - all membership levels are encouraged to reply.  

    This will be a year of virtual-only activities, but with some creativity and innovation (my favorite things) I am confident we can put together some fantastic options.  Thanks for your input.

    I welcome connection and conversation, find me on Twitter → @MrsDi 


  • 01 Jun 2021 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    State: Join Reaching Higher NH on Monday, June 7 at 3 p.m. for a webinar examining the proposed state budget. They will walk through the big education-related issues, including the voucher proposal, statewide property tax (SWEPT), school funding, higher education and school building aid. There will be open space for questions and discussion. Webinar is free but you must Register.

    On Wednesday, May 26, the Senate Finance Committeevoted 5-2 to include SB 130, theschool voucher bill, in the larger state budget package. The proposal, which isheavily opposed by Granite Staters, would use public taxpayer dollars to fund private and homeschooling expenses through “Education Freedom Accounts,” or vouchers.

    Federal: The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) released afact sheetlast week that aims to provide guidance on federal relief funds for schools. The fact sheet also explains funding for specific subgroups of students, methods for making subgrants, and timelines for distributing and using the funds.

    Attended the New Hampshire Education Network meeting last month (May 3rd) representing NHSTE. A legislative update was reviewed and discussed at this meeting that included representatives from educational and business organizations.

  • 23 May 2021 3:40 PM | Anonymous member

    The The 2021 Christa McAuliffe Transforming, Teaching, & Technology Conference (CMTC) is back better than ever as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary!!!  CMTC21 is the perfect opportunity to present either ONSITE or VIRTUALLY.  

    Embracing lessons learned from CMTC20, this year we are excited to announce that we are offering BOTH ONSITE and VIRTUAL engagement opportunities for solution partners, presenters, and attendees.

    Conference details:

    • Onsite Dates: November 29 to December 1 @ the DoubleTree in Manchester, NH
    • Virtual Dates: November 29 to December 2 via Zoom and our virtual platform (most likely Remo)

    VIRTUAL concurrent sessions will be offered during the afternoons and evenings EST.

    The online Call for Presenters will be open for the month of May.  All the details are on the conference website at www.nhcmtc.org and the included in the attached Call for Presenters flyer.  

    We encourage you and/or your colleagues to propose a session.  Share your experiences from one of the most unique years in our educational journey.  

    The variety of ONSITE and VIRTUAL session types are outlined on the website under PRESENT ~ REGISTRATION ~ Session Types

    Also, please feel free to forward this email to ANY colleague who should have a presense at CMTC21.  Knowing this far in advance that we will be having VIRTUAL engagement opportunities allows us to invite presenters from around the globe to join us and and educators across the nation to participate as attendees.  Please help us spread the word . . .

    Please do not hesitate to email cmtc@nhste.org if you have any questions.

    Be well ~ be safe and please consider submitting a presentation,

    Cyndi Dunlap

    CMTC Co-Chair

  • 04 May 2021 6:19 PM | Anonymous member

    $315,451,470 to be distributed to NH LEA’s from the ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (ARPESSER). USDOE Fact sheet on the use of these funds can be located HERE. One of the options on the list is: “purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) for students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including students from low-income families and children with disabilities.”

    Two FCC commissioners, Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel, discussed the Homework Gap” where $7.1B will be allocated through the E-Rate fund. We provided input on what should be included and how to distribute it through E-Rate. On May 10th, the FCC will announce how these dollars will be allocated. The CCSSO Report: “Restart & Recovery: Home Digital Access Data Collection: Blueprint for State Education Leaders” was frequently referenced where a set of common elements for collecting data about student home digital access are outlined.

    FCC program: Please share with NH families:

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is aFederal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visitinghttps://getemergencybroadband.org. 

    State Report: (Refer to http://reachinghighernh.org/2021/04/26/nh-education-roundup-april-26-2021/)

    In a recent report from Reaching Higher NH, SB 130, the statewide school voucher bill, could disproportionately affect rural districts, districts that serve large proportions of low-income students, and districts that have lower capacity to raise revenue through taxes (often referred to as “property-poor” communities). SB 130 would create taxpayer-funded “Education Freedom Accounts” for low- and moderate-income families to use for private school and homeschool expenses. The bill was passed by the Senate last month, then laid on the table with the expectation that it would be included in the state’s 2022-2023 budget “trailer” bill, HB 2. Last chance for public input on that budget is May 4th, 1pm or 6pm. 

    New Hampshire Education Network was launched in March by the Reaching Higher NH team. The network is a group of educators, elected officials, parents, community leaders and members of the public who share an interest in public education. Each month they  provide updates and information on key education issues and conduct small-group discussions. Register to be part of the network here.

    Kathleen McClaskey, NHSTE's Advocacy Chair

  • 27 Apr 2021 10:17 AM | Anonymous member

    The NHSTE Pat Keyes and Susan Janosz Award nominations are back for 2021 and are now open, with the deadline for nominations set for Friday October 1st, 2021. 

    Do you have a teacher or teacher leader in your school or district who should be acknowledged for their contributions to school, students, faculty, and school culture? Do you know a local “technology hero” who went above and beyond to help learners and other teachers survive the difficult times of the past year? This is the perfect opportunity to let that person know their efforts are appreciated and recognize their contributions.

    We are looking forward to celebrating the exciting efforts of NH educators once again. Nominate yourself or a friend for one of these two Prestigious NHSTE awards.

    Pat Keyes Technology - Using Educator Award

    The NHSTE Technology Using Educator Award is named in memory of Pat Keyes; a former secondary teacher in the Keene School District who served NHSTE in many capacities including editor of the NHSTE Connections.  The nominee for this award will be an educator who exemplifies the following:

    • Functions as a public or private PreK-12 teacher providing direct instruction in a New Hampshire school(s).

    • Developed effective units integrating educational technology.

    • Demonstrated improved student performance with application of technology.

    • Shared ideas/initiatives in formal and informal arenas using traditional and electronic methods.

    Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award

    The NHSTE Technology Impact Award is named in memory of Susan Janosz, longtime employee of the Manchester School District who was employed as a Technology Integrator.  The nominee for this award will be an educational professional who exemplifies the following:

    • Provides leadership in a public or private PreK-16 New Hampshire school(s).

    • The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, statewide, regionally and/or nationally.

    • The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiatives to advance the use of technology in education.

    • Supported technology within the context of school reform, restructuring and improvement.

    • Demonstrated a commitment to ongoing self-education by keeping abreast of emerging technologies.

    • The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominee's efforts.

    In the past, this award has gone to Technology Directors, Technology Coordinators, Technology Integrationists, Curriculum Coordinators, Media Specialists/Generalists, SAU Administration (i.e., Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents) and/or School District Administrators (i.e., Principals and Vice Principals).

    Award winners receive $1,000, a plaque, and a letter of congratulations from the Governor.  They are also nominated to receive a NH Edies Award in the spring of the following year.

    For more information on the application process and links to nomination forms, visit the NHSTE Awards page on the website at http://www.nhste.org/NHSTE-awards.

    Thank you,

    Mike Wakefield

    NHSTE Awards Chair


  • 23 Jun 2020 5:39 PM | Anonymous member

    Please consider passing this along to someone in your district that deals with e-rate. Thank you.

    An annual E-rate survey is being conducted, asking schools and libraries to contribute their opinions and experiences with the E-rate application process. The survey results will be tabulated and shared with Congress, the FCC and the public this summer. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey.  You can do it anonymously, if you choose.  The survey is available at this link:


    I hope you will take a few minutes and complete it today.  Your feedback is very important. Thank you!

    NOTE: Even though the survey results are being gathered by a consulting firm, the state does not endorse any specific E-rate consulting firm. The survey link is being shared because it is a convenient means for you to offer your opinion, along with other applicants, in a format with which the FCC is familiar. This email is not a statement for or against any E-rate consulting firm.

    Thank you for helping keep New Hampshire’s voice strong.

  • 17 Jun 2020 3:59 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello NHSTE Membership,

    We need your help advocating for urgent federal funding necessary to support educator capacity in effective use of technology, both during COVID-19 and beyond.

    Please take a moment to support the dedicated Professional Development Funds in the next Federal Stimulus Package by contacting  your representative and senator by going to this ISTE link to complete the pre-written letter in support of this funding.

    Thank you,
    Kathleen McClaskey

    NHSTE Advocacy Chair

    More Information From ISTE's Advocacy Update:

    The COVID-19 public health crisis continues to impact schools across the country. With closures likely to extend into the 2020-21 school year, states and districts are continuing to leverage online learning. However, notable gaps exist between the quality of learning accessible to students from advantaged and disadvantaged communities. Therefore, significant and equitable funding is critical to ensure that all students are able to receive effective instruction. 

    We need your help advocating for urgent federal funding necessary to support educator capacity in effective use of technology, both during COVID-19 and beyond. On this page, you will find a number of materials, including a customizable email template, that you can use to quickly send a message to your members of Congress. The platform allows the user to send the message with a few simple clicks. 
    While federal legislators provided some relief to address schools’ immediate needs through the CARES Act, there remains an urgent need to prepare educators for the long-term with skills to design and deliver effective online learning opportunities to all students. Specifically, we need dedicated funding for professional development to ensure that all educators are prepared for technology-empowered pedagogy during COVID-19 and beyond. 
    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the HEROES Act, which permits the use of stabilization funds for “ongoing professional development to staff in how to effectively provide quality online academic instruction.” However, the HEROES Act only funds a fraction of the $200 billion that national experts have recommended to stabilize schools. And like the CARES Act, HEROES fails to provide specific, dedicated support to professional development for online learning.
    This is why we need your help. Please show your support for increased federal relief dollars for education and funding dedicated towards professional development for online learning.
    Act Now to Call for Dedicated Professional Development Funds in the Next Federal Education Stimulus Package

    Thank you for your help and please let us know if you have any questions by reaching out at advocacy@iste.org

  • 12 Jun 2020 2:18 PM | Anonymous member

    The effects of COVID-19 on students and families require district leaders to collaborate with local stakeholders — including administrators, classroom teachers, school support staff, parents, and students — to plan strategic actions that allow digital learning to effectively and equitably continue into the summer and beyond. 

    The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Turnaround for Children, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), and the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education (NHSTE) — who are members of the broader COVID-19 Education Coalition—  provide three key considerations that districts must keep in mind as they build immediate and long-term plans:equitable infrastructure, active digital learning content, and educator capacity building. See the new resource here

  • 12 Jun 2020 1:56 PM | Anonymous member

    From the NH State Director of Broadband Technology, Carol Miller.  Please feel free to share this with your respective district parents, community members, and elected officials. 

    Good Monday,

    While it is still difficult to consider the impacts that COVID-19 is having on all aspects of the overall broadband network, it could not be a better time to attempt to measure the weak points of the broadband infrastructure and obtain valuable information for our state and providers in the industry.   That's why the NH Broadband Investment and Planning Initiative has partnered with Mission Broadband on a survey.


    Your participation in this survey is extremely important.  The survey is intended for distribution to organizations, municipalities, and residents statewide.  Help us to direct participants to an online survey that was crafted to capture gaps in service and the capacity needs for development of the infrastructure of the future.   Please send the link below out to all of your contacts; business and residential.


    State of New Hampshire Social Distancing Broadband Impact Survey



    The NH survey is intended for distribution to organizations, municipalities, and residents statewide.  Help us to direct participants to an online survey that was crafted to capture gaps in service and the capacity needs for development of the infrastructure of the future.


    Mission Broadband will handle all the logistics, monitor the survey, collect results and provide data and a report to for review.   The data will be made available to anyone attempting to help move broadband efforts forward in NH and the region by request.



    Carol Miller

    Director of Broadband Technology

    Division of Economic Development

    Department of Business and Economic Affairs

    State of New Hampshire

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