NH Responds

This project was completed in July 2012

NH RespondsA Professional Development Project of the New Hampshire Department of Education to Bring High Quality Practices in Literacy, Behavior, and Secondary Transition Services

To reform and improve pre-service personnel preparation and in-service professional development systems to improve knowledge and skills of general and special education teachers, early intervention personnel, related services personnel, paraprofessionals and administrators in designing, delivering and evaluating scientifically-based practices in two areas:

Response to Intervention (RtI) systems of

  • Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), and
  • Literacy instruction; and
  • Tertiary transition supports for students with emotional/behavioral disorders at middle and high schools


NH RESPONDS is a 5-year $3.85 million State Personnel Development Grant awarded to the state of New Hampshire’s Department of Education from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Primary partners in the initiative are the NH Department of Education, NH CEBIS, the UNH Institute on Disability, the Parent Information Center, the Family Resource Connection, along with several institutions of higher education.


  • Provide relevant and meaningful professional development activities in Response to Intervention approaches to literacy and behavior
  • Promote recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers with experience in RtI
  • Improve quality of education personnel
  • Reform special education and regular education teacher certification, recertification, and licensing requirements
  • Assist LEAs to serve children with disabilities through development and use of intensive professional development programs

Primary Project Activities

  • NH RESPONDS Demonstration sites: Five Supervisory Administrative Units (SAUs) will be chosen as demonstration partners (beginning July 2008) and will work with project staff for 4 years. There will be 3 schools within each of the 5 SAUs that will serve as demonstration site schools, including an Early Childhood Education program and 2 other K-12 grade level schools. The demonstration sites will help develop, with the project staff, frameworks, features, and training curricula and tools for an integrated RtI system for literacy and behavior support.
  • Statewide trainings in 3-tiered behavior systems, literacy support and secondary transition services for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Reform and revision of state standards and curricula for certification of educators, and reform of curricula within several of the state college and university education programs.
  • Two High Schools receive support around the development of RTI for behavioral support. They include Somersworth High School and Kennett High School in Conway.
Age Levels: 
Middle/High School