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Southwest Center for Educator Support

Professional Learning for All Educators

The Southwest Center for Educator Support (SW Center) is the professional development component of Keene State Educator Preparation programs, and collaborates with educators and schools across the region to provide professional learning opportunities at all levels. We offer a variety of services to expand the knowledge and capacity of educators and administrators. Please contact us at any time with ideas about how we can serve you.

Most recent SW Center newsletter


Upcoming Southwest Center Events

Dec ‘20
02
Wed
Zoom • -
Jan ‘21
08
Fri
Zoom • -

Webinars and Workshops

The SW Center provides webinars and workshops that vary in style, format, and content. Topical areas include:

  • Trauma-Informed Schools
  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instructional Practices
  • Special Education, including Paraprofessional Training

Recordings of Recent Webinars

  • Rethinking Our Book Choices: Create safe spaces for students through culturally responsive teaching and the interactive read aloud, with Jen Alexander, November 2020. Alexander recording
  • Implicit Bias: Unearthing Unconscious Racism in Your Classroom and School, with Dottie Morris and Kelsey Kilburn, November 2020. Morris/Kilburn webinar recording
  • Engaging Students In-Person or Virtually with Integrated Inquiry in Science and Social Studies, with Heather Pelkey, October 2020. Pelkey webinar recording

Regional Meetings

We coordinate and host regular meetings for educational leaders in southwestern New Hampshire.

  • Southwest Principals Collaborative
  • Southwest Student Services Leaders

Regional School Leadership Consortium

Keene State College is collaborating with a consortium of school districts in our region to support teacher and principal leadership development. Graduate options include nationally accredited Master’s and Post-Master’s Educational Leadership programs leading to Principal certification, or a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction for teacher leaders. Keene State, along with our school district partners, will support program participants to build highly effective principal and teacher leader skills, and advance as potential leaders within our schools and the educational community.

Program Highlights

  • Learn in an environment that supports cross-district sharing
  • Core courses shared by principal and teacher leader candidates to provide a rich and relevant learning experience
  • Preferred start in summer, with flexible options for alternate starting points
  • Collaboration with partner school districts for co-curricular development and co-teaching of courses to integrate school goals and initiatives
  • Blended learning format, including face-to-face seminars, project-based learning, individualized learning plans, partner school site visits, and individual faculty consultation
  • Candidates from member school districts receive the final course in their program at no cost

Interested? Contact Steve Bigaj


Custom Training and Consulting

The SW Center will work with your school or district to design customized professional learning activities, consultation, or coaching.


Statewide Resource Websites

Secondary Transition

Next Steps NH is a comprehensive resource to support postsecondary transition planning for students with disabilities.

Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs)

Beyond Classroom is a resource site for developing extended learning opportunity programs in a school, and for developing individual ELOs for a student.

Contact the Southwest Center

Steve Bigaj
sbigaj@keene.edu
☎ 603-358-2872

Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2605