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The Current Listings below are intended to facilitate school-community connections by offering a list of opportunities and special requests.

School-Community Connections

Date Description Contact

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Lesson Plans & Pilot Program
How can our lesson plans make a difference in your classroom?

Research shows that students who learn in a positive environment have a better school experience — they enjoy higher test scores, learn new skills at a faster rate, and are overall happier at school. We're in our third year of researching the implementation of our lesson plans in classrooms across two school districts, and we’ve witnessed first-hand that practicing kindness in the classroom transforms not only students, but teachers and entire school cultures as well.

We encourage you to use these plans in your classroom and provide feedback so we can fine tune them for use by others. With your help, we'll build an excellent resource for every instructor to teach kindness in the classroom and help create positive learning environments for their students.

  The International Reading Association is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. Their members include classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, and parents. With members and affiliates in 99 countries, their network extends to more than 350,000 people worldwide. Awardsmade for teaching excellence.  
  US DOL Sponsored materials on Women working in Green Jobs Ensuring women are prepared to succeed in a 21st century changing economy is critical to the financial stability of women, and their families.  The Bureau’s newest publication “Why Green is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career” is a comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter new innovative and often nontraditional jobs. The Guide is available on the Women’s Bureau website,   The Bureau also has very attractive posters and cards available upon request.
  Vermont Clean Energy Careers Training and Education Directory is a comprehensive, up-to-date list of approximately 90 programs and resources at more than 44 institutions across the state. As more programs and resources emerge, the Directory will be updated to provide accurate and complete listings.  It is the first of its kind in the state, and provides information on programs offered by public and private colleges and universities, private training providers, career and technical high schools, community based organizations, grant funded and online programs.
Ed Londergan
Project Manager

NEEP (Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships)

91 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421
t: 781-860-9177 ext. 132
f: 781-860-9178 <>
School Year For Art and Spanish Teachers: Margaritas Education Outreach Programs are available to you and your students this year. We offer fun and educational Field Trips to Margaritas Mexican Restaurants that feature the art and flavors of Mexico for students to sample.
Coming this fall from mid Oct. to mid Nov. are award winning mask makers from Michoacán, Mexico. Both Manuel and Modesto Horta have exhibited their extraordinary hand carved masks in the United States and Mexico. There are still some available dates to bring them your school. You can always come out to see them at select Margaritas restaurants too!
We also offer you and your school community the opportunity to hold a Noche Mexicana Fundraiser at Margaritas Mexican Restaurants.  We will donate 15% of pre-tax purchases from fundraiser participants to your school.
Pat Picciano – Education Outreach Coordinator
  Financial Literacy Training for High School Students:
8 Independent Modules
Under the sponsorship of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, the Center for Financial Studies at Southern New Hampshire University has developed a specialized financial literacy teaching curriculum expressly for use in teaching young adults. The curriculum series covers eight related financial literacy topics, with each curriculum module including extensive hands-on internet applications. Although the module topics are related, each module is independent of the others.
These publications were made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
  Certificates for professional advancement offered at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. The certificate specialize in Community Leadership and Conflict Management in Organizations. More info. If you have any questions please contact Kate Hanson at 603-862-1025 or kate.hanson(at)
School Year

REAL is an acronym for Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning. It is a K-12 experiential learning curriculum that develops entrepreneurial traits, knowledge, and skills, and guides students through the process of planning, creating, and operating small businesses of their own design.

  • Students actively participate in exercises which allow them to reflect on the experience and apply it to real life situations.
  • REAL is fun! Students are excited by their experiences and the creativity involved.
  • Life skills, independence, and financial literacy are enhanced, and scores in reading, language, spelling, social studies, and science are improved over students in non-entrepreneurial classes.
  • Work readiness is also improved through the development of many 21st century skills sought by employers.

Vermont REAL Enterprises at Vermont Tech provides statewide support for the development of REAL teachers and expansion of curriculum use throughout Vermont.

name: Don Kelpinski
phone: (802) 281-5237
School Year SafeArt is a non-profit offering expressive arts programming with a focus on the prevention, intervention, and recovery from abuse. We are able to offer much of our programming free of charge thanks to grants and individual donations.
Our programs include:
* The SafeArt Teen Ensemble - A group of adolescents who perform poetry, dance, songs, and skits at high schools and events throughout Vermont. Now accepting new members.
* School Residencies - Our residencies offer students the opportunity to explore issues of abuse (and other critical issues) through creative expression, education, and discussion.
* Teacher Trainings - SafeArt trainings help teachers to become more trauma-informed and learn tools and activities for addressing emotional learning in the classroom.
* As well as:
~ youth and women‚s groups
~ presentations to community groups, agencies and other organizations
name: Tracy Penfield
phone: 802.685.3138

Contact for an engineering association willing to help with locating speakers, internships, job shadows etc.:
Don Sherwood
Chair of Pre-University Educational Activities
IEEE NH Section
donsherwood at
(603) 438-9050
Please be specific in what you want the person to do for you. Provide all necessary contact information Mr. Sherwood will forward your request and contact information to his membership. You will be directly contacted by any interested engineers.

School Year Community Members: Looking for interested community members to view & comment on student blogs for the upcoming school year. Blogs will focus on various physical science content topics, technical writing, technology, problem solving, and global awareness. No science background is necessary, but good communication skills are! name: Martha Archambeault
phone: 802-295-8620 ext118
e-mail: archambeaultm (at) hartfordschools(dot)net
  Matching funding available to develop and implement a pre-engineering technology curriculum in the public schools so that students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in careers in engineering, or allied engineering fields, may enroll in a high quality engineering technology curriculum.

Learn more.

For more information please contact Ed Taylor at (603) 271-3886 or
  Link to grant opportunities, teacher awards and student scholarships in the areas of engineering:  
Ongoing Youth work place safety curriculum.This information covers various OSHA rights and responsibilities in an easy to use format. While they were originally designed for high school students, youth in middle schools particularly enjoyed the program as they planned for future employment. You can now access the curriculum and materials on line at:

The Adult Learning Center offers adults free, cofidential, one-to-one and small group instruction whenever possilbe in basic reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, and preparation for the high school equivalency exam (GED). Registration is on going. This is a non-profit, federally funded program.
Volunteer Opportunities, tutoring- no previous teaching experience necessary, tutor 4 hours per week, prepare lessons, work at mutually convenient time and location, training and materials provided, continual support given through local coordinator.

name: Debbie Laffin
phone: 603-448-0596
Ongoing Intel Science Talent Search: Since 1942, Science Service has made dreams come true through the Science Talent Search (STS). Intel is the sponsor of this nationwide competition—America's oldest and most highly regarded pre-college science contest.
Eligible students include high school seniors in the United States and territories, and American students attending school abroad. Each year, over 1500 students accept the challenge of completing an entry for the Intel Science Talent Search, with finalists competing for the top prize, a $100,000 scholarship.
  The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the newly remodeled and updated Federal Resources for Education Excellence (FREE) website. It now provides richer, more expansive resources to teachers and students alike. There are over 1500 resources to take advantage of at FREE, ranging from primary historical documents, lesson plans, science visualizations, math simulations and online challenges, paintings, photos, mapping tools, and more. This easily accessible information is provided by federal organizations and agencies such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, NEH, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian, NSF, and NASA.  
Momentum is a weekly ongoing support group open to all high school girls living in the Upper Valley region. The format is a weekly discussion in a safe, supportive environment that is facilitated by professional staff members. Momentum helps at-risk girls learn how to problem solve, make wise choices, develop peer support systems, build healthy relationships, confidence and self esteem. The group meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30PM at DHMC's Health Education Center on Level 4 of the new East Mall Building.
For more information, contact Linda Addante at 603-643-6603

Teachers in Space The Space Frontier Foundation's teacher in Space Project exists to honor and inspire exceptional teachers and to stimulate the growth of commercial suborbital flight.

Granite State College seeks volunteer tutors who can spend an hour once a week (or every two weeks) with our students. The subject areas of greatest need are arithmetic, logic, accounting, and computer skills. This time commitment is a guideline only, not an obligation; we appreciate just how busy our volunteers are, and any amount of time that they can contribute is of great benefit to our students.
name: Danielle Mulei
phone: 603-448-6797

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