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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Telegraph forum Thursday on local education innovation

NASHUA – Technology in the classroom, merit pay and measuring student performance are among the topics that will be explored at a public forum on education hosted by The Telegraph.

“Innovation and Reform: A Community Discussion on Education” will give local teachers and education leaders an opportunity to talk about what they’re doing differently to reach children and what needs to change to improve student performance.

The event will be tonight, April 7 in the media center at Nashua High School South from 6-8 p.m., with the first 90 minutes scheduled for the panel discussion.

A national dialogue about the state of education in America is ongoing. The Telegraph hopes to bring that discussion to the local level.

The discussion will focus on innovation in the classroom, reform topics such as merit pay and tenure, and measuring student outcomes.

The final 30 minutes will be set aside for a question-and-answer session with the audience. The event is free.

Telegraph education reporter Michael Brindley will moderate the discussion.

Panelists include:

Mark Conrad, superintendent, Nashua School District.

Maureen Patt, third-grade teacher, Broad Street Elementary School.

Mark Detering, science teacher, Nashua High School South.

David Chauvette, director, Academy for Science and Design charter school, Merrimack.

Todd DeMitchell, head of the education department, University of New Hampshire.

Sarah Marandos, technology integration specialist, Nashua School District.

The School District is acting as a partner for the event, waiving the rental fee for the facility.

The Nashua Teachers Union will collect canned goods and nonperishable food items at the event to be donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter.