What are the benefits of NHDNH?
Understanding that funding for extra programs in school is waning, we wanted to give you some factual reinforcement to build support for NHDNH in schools throughout the state. Below are three key findings that help outline the importance of this program, based on a recent national study:
- NHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science and math, as well as social studies.
- NHD students are better writers, who write with a purpose and real voice, and marshal solid evidence to support their point of view.
- NHD has a positive impact among students whose interest in academic subjects may wane in high school.
What New Hampshire teachers are saying...
Experienced teachers took a qualitative survey. Here are some of the things they said about the rewards of NHDNH and their experience at states, hosted by Plymouth State University in Plymouth.
How is NHDNH rewarding?
"Watching kids grow over the year and take responsibility for their projects. It's amazing to see what students are capable of when they are given a topic and project that interests them. Not only have I had the high-achieving kids succeed but I have also brought struggling student to the national competition." -NH Teacher
"Kids love it and do such cool stuff!"
"NHDNH has been a very rewarding experience with the students who participate at states and nationals... having experienced this both as a parent and a teacher... it is hard work. Why do I continue to do this year after year? The ultimate reason is the kids... I know that I have changed their life in a positive way."
"Kids become invested in authentic research and history" -NH Teacher
"NHDNH gives students an avenue to learn, do, and show what they came up with." -NH Teacher
What was States like?
"People at states are very helpful. It was a great experience for both students and parents." -NH Teacher
"Fun." -NH Teacher
"Kids felt super smart being on campus."
"Organized." -NH Teacher
"Excellent---hectic but also exciting"
"There was plenty to do and see and everyone was very helpful."
"Positive. The staff is fully committed and put on a great event." -NH Teacher