Nan Parsons, MEd, CAGS

Equity motivates my thinking, my practice, my ethics and my hope for education.  I believe that we can create schools where gender, race, perceived ability, motivation, intellect, religion, sexual identity and class only enhance equitable opportunities in our schools.  While this requires leaders, faculty members, parents and communities to engage in difficult professional dialogue, I believe the result would be an educational experience for all children that is fair and inclusive.  The growing importance of education equity is based on the premise that now, more than ever, an individual’s level of education is directly correlated to the quality of life he or she will live in the future. (1)  An equitable education provides the foundation for a fair and successful society.

 [1} "Ten Steps to Equity in Education" (PDF). Oecd.org. Retrieved 4 April 2016.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Nan Parsons, MEd, is UVEI's Associate Director for School Leadership. She has been a school leader for more than 15 years, serving as principal of both Canaan Elementary School and Lebanon High School in the Upper Valley.  Nan currently serves on the school board of Grantham School District in Grantham, NH.  She has been appointed to the New Hampshire State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness Committee, the NH Department of Education's Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educators Taskforce and its subcommittee on communications, along with the NH State Principal Evaluation Task Force.  She is the past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, where she continues to serve as an active board member, leading the association’s Legislative Committee. Nan co-leads the New Hampshire Association of School Principals Mentor Program for newly appointed principals and serves as a mentor for New Hampshire principals. Nan served as the New Hampshire representative on the National Center for Innovation in Education Think Tank. Nan earned her Master of Education from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate (EdD) at Plymouth State University.  Nan has New Hampshire educators licenses in a wide range of areas, including: Superintendent, Principal (K-12),

PRACTICE INTERESTS

Nan’s practice interests include effective school leadership and management, competency based education, and equity oriented approaches to schools and student outcomes.  She is very motivated by how teachers learn, instructional coaching, teacher leadership, teacher professional community, effective teaching, instructional program coherence and school improvement.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

2015-16

  • Pembroke School District- SMART Goals: What do they mean for student and teacher learning?

  • Piermont School- The Ethics of Student Confidentiality

  • UNH- Competency Based Education: Overview and Action Steps

  • Pembroke Hill School- Norms of Collaboration: It's just the way we do business at PHS

  • Pembroke Hill School- Putting SLOs into Practice: More than just compliance

  • NHASP Annual Conference- Moving Toward Change: Collaboration, Collegial Effort and Coaching

  • NHASP- Training and Supporting New Hampshire's Mentors

  • Edward E. Fenn School- What Might the Multi Age Experience Look Like at EEFS?