SNHU Hosts NH Summit -- A Roadmap to 21st Century Learning

Monday, May 24, 2010
SNHU Communications Office

Robert McLaughlin
Professional Educator Program Approval
NH Department of Education
(O): 603-506-2728                          

State Leaders to Present Roadmap for 21st Century Classroom
And Teacher Training

Manchester, NH (May 24, 2010) – An  unprecedented statewide conversation will begin in New Hampshire among educators, administrators and teacher educators about transforming traditional classrooms into 21st century learning centers where students can gain the skills needed for citizenship, lifelong learning and economic opportunity in the interconnected global community.

More than a dozen New Hampshire organizations and 14 institutions of higher education will participate in the event, “Redefining Educator Development for the 21st Century,” to discuss what will alter K-12 education and educator preparation.  

A press conference to kick off the event will be held on Wednesday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the visitor’s parking lot adjacent to Southern New Hampshire University’s Robert Frost Hall. Please visit our campus map and access our Manchester campus directions. State and national stakeholders will brief reporters on the summit’s objectives. Reporters will then tour the ActivClassroom in Motion by Promethean so they can experience what learning is like in an engaged, interconnected 21stcentury classroom.

Hosted at SNHU from May 26 to 28, the summit will assist the state’s colleges and universities to form intensive partnerships with schools that are committed to transforming K-12 education and educator preparation. Discussions will also focus on teacher preparation strategies to create learning environments to more effectively prepare K-12 students with the skills they need for lifelong learning and economic opportunity for the 21st century. Summit participants will form a statewide network of such school/university partnerships so they can share resources and successful approaches to educational reform.

Most importantly, summit steering committee chairperson Bob McLaughlin notes, “through the summit we’ll begin an urgently needed conversation among New Hampshire’s educators, school board members, administrators, legislators and others about what together we want our schools and educator preparation programs to look like.”

“Many people talk about how schools and preparation programs need to change dramatically to meet the needs of 21stcentury students, but there isn’t any consensus about what that really means,” said McLaughlin, who coordinates professional educator preparation program approval at the New Hampshire Department of Education.  “The New Hampshire way is to have a statewide conversation among all those deeply concerned about these vitally important issues and develop a plan for action. Our statewide network of partnerships will work together to show what 21st century instruction, student and teacher assessment, and educator development needs to and can become.”

The summit’s focus:

  • Investing in school and educator preparation transformation and intensifying statewide systems for school support;
  • Leveraging the dramatic increase in online education for K-12 and postsecondary students, recognizing that educators need to rethink whether and how they will embrace online teaching;
  • Identifying instructional paths to help students develop 21stcentury skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, effective oral and written communications and collaboration;
  • Rethinking the role of teachers to retain and attract new leaders and educators who can champion education transformation activities.

A live web-stream will carry summit events and then be archived at Promethean, a global leader in interactive whiteboard technology, is making the summit possible through a grant. Several other organizations have made key contributions, including SNHU, which donated meeting facilities and provided over $5,000 in expanded Internet connectivity; the New Hampshire Foundation for Teaching and Learning, which is providing fiscal management; and the National Education Association of New Hampshire, which is providing online registration support for this event.

Please contact Bob McLaughlin at 603-509-2728 or or visit for additional information.

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