In Depth: Exploring Education in N.H.

Exploring Education: 'Learn Everywhere' in N.H.

Aug 19, 2019

We conclude our "Exploring Education" series with the N.H. Department of Education's Learn Everywhere program.  This initiative would allow the state school board to approve credits for students' outside experiences, from internships to dance classes.  Supporters say the goal is wider academic and economic opportunity, but many teachers and local administrators are opposed. 


  • Frank Edelblut -  Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education since February 2017. Edelblut formerly served as a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. 
  • Sarah Gibson - NHPR Education Reporter.
  • Dr.  Carl Ladd - Executive Director, New Hampshire School Administrators Association, a former superintendent and teacher in grades 6 through 12.  He has also served as a school board member.

READ the DOE primer on its Learn Everywhere program.

NHPR's Sarah Gibson reported on educators' concerns about the Learn Everywhere program.

The Role of Schools In Suicide Prevention

Aug 14, 2019

A new law requires schools in New Hampshire impliment suicide prevention policies, which include prevention training for school staff.   The measure comes amid concern about New Hampshire's high youth suicide rate.  We find out how schools are preparing, and what some are already doing, and discuss the value this training brings to school staff and students. 

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741. Find more information for teens and young adults about warning signs and what to do. 

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Veteran  and novice teachers agree: Anyone considering a career in teaching should start working as early as possible with students – either as student teachers or as tutors – to see if it’s a good fit.  One may love and excel at math but not necessarily know how to best teach it. Today's teachers are also expected to deal with challenges unrelated to the subjects they teach. 

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We examine how teachers themselves are educated, including how aspiring teachers are certified. We'll also explore how teacher training programs have changed to meet the needs and ambitions of today's students, and why many educators say professional development over the course of their careers is often not useful.

Exploring Education: Learning Disabilities

Aug 4, 2019

What distinguishes a learning disability, and what accomodations are available? How do schools, teachers, and students approach learning disabilities, and how have philosophies and strategies changed? What are the challenges students and their educators and parents continue to face?

Three Takeaways On Financial Literacy As Part Of Education

Jul 30, 2019

In the first part of the series, "Exploring Education in New Hampshire," The Exchange asked: "Should schools be responsible for teaching students financial literacy, and what should students learn?" Read on for some takeaways. Listen to the full conversation here

In the first part of our 4-part series on K-12 education, we look at what role schools should play in helping students learn life skills for money management. Several states require financial literacy classes for high school students, and Senator Hassan has co-sponsored federal legislation to support financial literacy classes in schools. We look at the role of schools in helping students learn to manage money: what skills do students need, and what are N.H. schools doing? 

The Exchange In-Depth: Exploring Education in N.H.

Jul 24, 2019

The Exchange is launching a new four-part series on K-12 education in New Hampshire. Our series begins Monday, July 29th, and will air every Monday through August 19th. We chose the topics with listener input. We put together a survey with ten subjects to explore, and our listeners helped us narrow the list to four: financial literacy, learning disabilities, teacher training, and the proposed "Learn Everywhere" program. Many listeners also submitted questions and comments about these, which will help quide our discussions. "The Exchange In-Depth: Exploring Education" is part of our continuing coverage of education issues in the Granite State. Read on for information about each show.