2015 LESCN Conference




LESCN 7th Annual Spring Conference

STEM in your School

Church Landing at Mill Falls, Meredith, NH 

Keynote Speaker

Yvonne M. Spicer, ED.D DTE

Vice President of advocacy & Educational Partnerships

National Center for Technological Literacy® Museum of Science Boston

STEM Education:  Raising Expectations & Increasing Outcomes

STEM education has gained unprecedented momentum over the past few years, however the question remains, are we making progress? How are we measuring it? Are all students included? The significant changes in education, especially STEM content, have been impacted by legislative policies as well as classroom practices. The ultimate goal is improving the quality of our schools and districts as well as creating opportunities for our students. This presentation will address many of the burning questions but moreover, offer ideas to keep the pace and momentum going for our children in the 21st century. 

Session Outcome 

1. Examine international, national and state practices in STEM education 

2. Discuss challenges and best practices for shifting the paradigm 

3. Identify a few working goals to cultivate /build STEM capacity in the state of New Hampshire

Dr. Yvonne Spicer is a national and international speaker and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Spicer was honored in 2009 by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology as one of 10 "Women to Watch." Concerned by how many children in the U.S. "are shut out of technology and engineering," Spicer makes a compelling case for closing the underrepresented minority gap in engineering and school leadership.

With expertise in technology and engineering education standards development, assessment, and strategic school leadership, Spicer served on the technology and engineering steering committee for the frontrunner of the first national assessment for technology and engineering in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Most recently, she served on the technology and engineering design team for the National Research Council (NRC) "Next Generation": Framework for Science Education which was approved July 19, 2011.

In January 2010, Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council as the co-chair of the council's teacher development committee. She was instrumental in establishing the 2001 Massachusetts technology/engineering curriculum framework with Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, president and director, Museum of Science. She is also an advisor to the National Governors Association.

In addition, Spicer advocates for the Museum's K-12 curricula, Engineering is Elementary®, Building Math, and Engineering the Future®, and she directs the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts and is being replicated across the U.S. as a model to build leadership capacity for technological literacy. Designed to guide systemic change, the Gateway Project helps school districts develop a strategic plan of action to implement K-12 technology and engineering programs. The Gateway community totals over 400 educational leaders representing 80 urban, suburban, and rural school districts.

Earning her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2004, she focused her dissertation on how nine African American female public school principals transformed their schools and thrived as educational leaders. Spicer is the former director of career & technical education in Newton, Mass., and served as the statewide technology/engineering coordinator at the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial arts & technology from the State University of New York-Oswego. A Brooklyn, New York, native, she is committed to improving opportunities for females and students of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Breakout Sessions

There’s a MAP for That! (And it is Easy to Find): Getting to Know ArcGIS Online

Presenter:  Lara Bryant

All you need is the Internet and students at school (or at home), and you can make maps and analyze data using powerful, professional,  web-based GIS. This session is ideal for GIS or technology novices and is applicable to teachers from a wide variety of content areas and grade levels. You will be introduced to the capabilities of ArcGIS Online, search and explore existing data sets and maps, make your own maps, and walk away with strategies for using ArcGIS Online to support geography inquiry in your classroom next week. Specific topics we will explore include: US Census data, US Geological Survey data, and new maps available in the NH Digital School Atlas. The session can also be tailored to meet the needs of participants. Information about the statewide GIS license and other professional development opportunities offered through NHEdGIS will be disseminated as well.

 How Did You Get That?

Presenter: Sue Hannan

In this session, learn how to find and apply for educational monies, grants and prizes. The focus will be on where to find educational monies and grants, as well as on showing participants how to apply for these funds and grants, and on how to foster collaboration with colleagues and the community. Participants will learn about the resources that are avail- able to them and where to look for school enhancements.

SCRATCHing the Surface of Digital Animation

Presenter: Joanna Marcotte

Come learn the basics of using Scratch for the purpose of creating digital animations. Scratch is a graphic web- based coding software that can be used for digital animation and video game design. Participants will explore using this platform to either create their own animations or for having students create animations. Participants should bring a computer with them so they can explore Scratch with us in this hands on presentation.

Don’t Let your FLIP be a FLOP

Presenter: Jennifer Middaugh

The Flipped Classroom is a pedagogical model pioneered by High School Science teachers, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Samsin where the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed.

In this session, participants will discuss how to set up a Flipped Classroom for their lessons with the use of various free, online tools. We’ll look at lesson samples, links and share some great resources!

Technology Roundtable

Roundtable Leader: Ryan Earley

Join Ryan Earley in a roundtable discussion about technology: what works, what doesn't, and what are the new ideas that districts are exploring? This session is geared towards Tech Directors, Tech Integrators, and Building Coordinators.

Teaching Digital Citizenship for K - 12 Classrooms

Presenter: Charlie Gessner

Internet safety, cyber bullying, online privacy. All of these things impact our students inside and outside of the classroom when they use various forms of technology; but what do we do to address it? Over the course of this one-hour session, we’ll highlight multiple ways that you can teach digital citizenship with your students. Whether you teach K-5, middle school, or high school; we’ll have solutions that can be used to make your students more sensitive to the digital world around them. Various resources will be demonstrated that you can immediately use in your classroom.


Teaching Financial Life Skills in 8th Grade Math

Presenter: Richard Dexcoteaux

The Scenario: "Imagine that you are 23 years old, single and living in your own apartment. You have finished all of your schooling and you are now work- ing full-time in the profession you have chosen to pursue. What will your monthly expenses be and will you be able to pay them based upon your expected salary?”

By completing this simulation, students will learn how to develop a personal budget using a Google spreadsheet, select a profession, housing, and other lifestyle choices and then develop a workable budget considering those criteria. Develop an understanding of a realistic budget and the difference between wants and needs.


Presenter Bios

Lara Bryant is an assistant professor of geography at Keene State College, New Hampshire.   She has a range of experience in geographic education from ten years teaching geography in both rural and urban secondary public schools, to her current position offering geography classes geared toward pre-service education majors.   She received the American Association of Geographers Applied Geography Specialty Group Class Exercise Award Competition for “Geospatial Technology Curriculum Development” in 2011 which connected local schools and public agencies with her students in developing GIS lessons.  Bryant is currently the coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance, and is engaged in outreach programs with the public school system throughout New Hampshire.    The New Hampshire Geographic Alliance has been involved in providing geography-based professional development, the creation of Connections, an alignment guide between the second edition of Geography for Life and the Common Core ELA State Standards, and NHEdGIS, a partnership in New Hampshire that manages the statewide GIS K-12 license.  Bryant’s research interests include GIS in secondary education, affective education, informal geographic education, and spatial cognition.

Richard Dexcoteaux
Ryan Earley has a decade of experience in NH administration at the middle, secondary, and central office levels. Currently he holds the position of Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Jaffrey-Rindge Schools. Ryan focuses on meaningful learning experiences that first and foremost rely on the importance of teacher competency in utilizing technology effectively. During the past 10 years, he has overseen an iPad 1:1 program deployment and revision, created a collaborative team approach with curriculum, business , facilities and technology departments to  streamline purchasing and device acquisition that has allowed infrastructure upgrades, adoption of GAFE, Google Chromebook and Classroom pilots, with the goal of increasing viable 21st C. learning opportunities for students K-12.

Sue Hannan graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington, and has taught in middle school for 20 years, starting her career at Merrimack Valley Middle School. After teaching at MVMS for 11 years, Hannan took a break to raise her now 17 year old daughter. She taught and directed a preschool/kindergarten for 5 years, then returned to teaching in 2005 at Hillside Middle School in Manchester. She currently teaches Language Arts Essentials to 6th and 7th graders. Hannan is serving on the NEA CCRS Corps, and SLO teams. She is an Instructional Coach for Breakthrough Manchester, and is on the Focus Monitoring, Professional Development, CCRS, and Leadership committees at Hillside. She has won the Horace Mann/Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Fellowship, and the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

Charlie Gessner has been a Business/Technology Teacher for Stevens High School in Claremont, NH for over 27 years. During his tenure, he has run the Claremont Educators Users Group which focuses on technology for teachers and has offered workshops in various software applications, iPad apps, PowerTeacher and student assessment software. Currently the Technology Integration Specialist for SAU #6 in Claremont, Charlie’s current focus is on Google Apps for Education and providing ways for teachers to use technology effectively in their curriculum.

Joanna Marcotte currently teaches K-5 ICT for the in the Newfound Area School District. Prior to that, Ms. Marcotte taught grades 6-8 computer science for one year and social studies for 9 years where she integrated technology into instruction on a daily basis, at Winnisquam Regional Middle School.

Jennifer Middaugh is a technology integration specialist at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH and the former director of the Seacoast Professional Development Center in Exeter. Jen is the acting Vice President of NHSTE, the NH affiliate organization to ISTE and strives to keep up with the ever changing digital learning environment. She provides high quality professional development opportunities to teachers and staff throughout New Hampshire in an effort to enhance curriculum, instruction and assessment. Her passion is building an engaging learning environment with the purpose of helping students achieve success.


Great Keynote

Yvonne M. Spicer

Great Food and Prizes!

Continental breakfast and buffet lunch provided at the Church Landing Resort.

Multiple door prizes drawn at conference end. 

Great Location!

Located at the beautiful Church Landing at Mill Falls Resort on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH. Contact for lodging information: 800-622-6455.

Conference Schedule

Coming Soon!