Kathy Francoeur, MEd

Project Director

Education

  • M.Ed. School Counseling, Rivier College, 2015
  • B.A., Social Work, University of New Hampshire, 1987

Professional Background

Kathy Francoeur provides training, consultation, and technical assistance in the development and expansion of implementation of school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Kathy also provides training and technical assistance to schools in the development of RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work), an intensive support intervention to help at risk youth engage in high school completion and post-secondary options. Kathy has collaborated with several NH schools in training faculty to serve as RENEW facilitators for youth, as well as build a sustainable system within the school to support and monitor the RENEW model. Kathy presents nationally, training schools and districts on the RENEW model, and as part of the Who Cares About Kelsey? film project, in which she and filmmaker Dan Habib share the benefits and process of RENEW with audiences.

Kathy was part of the NH Responds initiative as a Research Associate and High School facilitator, assisting schools to develop systemic change and a three-tiered approach to interventions.

Prior to joining the IOD in 2010, she served as Crisis Intervention Coordinator for Somersworth High School and Middle School for over 10 years. Her experience included overseeing RENEW in the high school as a three-tiered intervention to support high school students with social and behavioral issues and served as an internal coach on both the Universal and Targeted Team for the middle school and the coach for the Targeted Team at the high school.

Projects

A Bold Vision When students with disabilities are provided appropriate instruction and supports, they can learn grade-level general education curriculum, communicate in ways that are commensurate with their same-age peers without disabilities, have meaningful social relationships, and graduate from high school—college and career ready.
"Education Revolution at Somersworth High School" Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a data-driven behavioral support and improvement framework that consists of three levels, each specifically designed to prevent disruption and address the behavioral support needs of students at risk of school failure: 
RENEW is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, community-based providers, and IOD staff members to youth.
Kelsey Carroll has one goal--to graduate from high school. But there are plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, abuse, self-mutilation, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn't earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. Who Cares About Kelsey? is the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant “problem student” to a motivated, self-confident young woman.

Kathy Francoeur
Phone: 
603-862-0318
Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824