From the NHASCD President

New Hampshire Educators,

The upcoming school year is already filled with anxiety, worry, and fear. However, we want to focus on what New Hampshire Educators do best, doing right by students. Last Spring, NHASCD partnered with stakeholders from across the NH education community to discuss what coming back to school looks like for the Fall of 2021. We heard from teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, school board members, mental health professionals, and, most importantly, students all virtually met to share how the pandemic has affected each of them from an educational point of view.

Ultimately, we learned that New Hampshire educators were doing amazing things. Our students were singing your praises in how you created flexible learning environments (in-person, hybrid, and remote) to best fit their needs. They loved being able to go into outdoor learning environments. The students were impressed with the amount of effort our educators were putting in to maintain a strong connection with students. New Hampshire Educators rose to such a grand challenge. 

For the upcoming school year, NHASCD would like educators to consider three factors: 

  • How can we help support the mental health of our education community? 
  • The world has experienced a shared trauma. Let’s systematically reflect on our practices to fit the needs of our community. Jacob Wolf created a Review Tool to help guide with such a reflection. We encourage teachers, teams, schools, and districts to use this as a guide to begin conversations to support our communities. 
  • In what ways can educators address the various learning needs within the classroom? 
  • Educators have always mastered the craft of meeting the multiple needs within their classrooms. However, good teaching requires reflection and an opportunity to “polish the stone.” Mary Bellavance Instructional Coach and Maine ASCD Member created a Student-Centered Learning Coaching Menu where teachers can reflect on their practices. 
  • We always consider the whole child, but what about the whole teacher? 
  • Upcoming NHASCD presenter, Mike Anderson, shares ways of keeping a healthy work-life balance. Being kind doesn’t always mean to others, it is also about, How can we be kind to ourselves?

The 2021-2022 school year will be a montage of different emotions. Let’s bring back our community traditions and celebrations. Let’s scream from the rooftops our successes. We are educators. We are experts. We are resilient. We are a team. We are kind. 

Please reach out if you need resources, share a story, or just need to be heard. NHASCD is here for you!

Have an amazing school year! 


Steve Lebel, Ed.D.

NHASCD President 


Other Resources

Teaching & Leading Resources

Check out the resources on the NHASCD Website. Here are a few of the new additions.

The Exploratorium

US EPA: Climate Change


NH Dept of Ed COVID-19 Resources for Schools


Board Committees Established

At the NHASCD Board of Directors' Summer Retreat, three committees were established to manage various aspects of NHASCD's ongoing work. The committees and members are listed below.

The Membership and ProgramCommittee

  • Dr. Lois Costa
  • Dana Foulds
  • Katelyn MacAskill

The Advocacy and Influence Committee

  • Tom Crumrine
  • Rebecca Gagnon
  • Dr. Steve Tucker

The Sponsorships and Partnerships Committee

  • Lucy Canotas
  • Michelle Overhoff
  • Dr. Mike Whaland

We welcome your input and suggestions.

Please share your ideas at

Upcoming Events for September & October



9/23 - Elevating How We Teach and How All Students Learn with Science of Learning Research & Next Day Strategie. (Live or On-Demand)

9/29 - Performance Assessment: Elevate Intellectual Engagement (Live or On-Demand)


10/13 - Keeping the Spotlight on SEL (Live or On-Demand)

10/28 - Tackling the Motivation Crisis: How to Activate Student Learning Without Behavior Charts, Pizza Parties, or Other Hard-to-Quit Incentive Programs(on-site at the Grappone Center, Concord, NH) This event is co-sponsored with NHASP.

Season 2 of NHASCD Spotlight: A Podcast begins.

Become a NHASCD Member






  • $35 per person - 3 to 10 named individuals
  • $30 per person - 11 to 19 named individuals
  • $25 per person - 20 or more named



Benefits of NHASCD Member

  • Reduced registration fees for all NHASCD sponsored events.
  • Professional development hours for NHASCD sponsored professional learning programs.
  • NHASCD Newsletter, our e-mail news blast - this publication arrives in your mailbox monthly and provides you with educational information, events, and updates.
  • ASCD Express articles and videos - you will receive this members-only email blast monthly.
  • Professional Learning opportunities via the Northeast ASCD Consortium (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY. VT)
  • Networking opportunities through the soon-to-be established NHASCD Learning Community.
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Ways to Join

  • Complete the On-Line Membership Form HERE. 
  • Attend an NHASCD Workshop or Webinar. Your registration makes you a member beginning on the first day of the event and expires a year later.
  • Join ASCD by mail and choose the “joint dues” option to add an NHASCD membership. Your affiliate membership fee of $40 will transfer to NHASCD and your membership will expire a calendar year later. Your joint NHASCD membership DOES NOT automatically renew with your ASCD membership. We will send you a separate NHASCD renewal notice.

NHASCD, PO Box 386, Stratham, NH 03885

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