Real-time collaboration and continuous action
create ideal conditions for future success.
boilerplate image

Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire’s Competency-Based System


Brian Stack, Principal, Sanborn Regional High School, Sanborn Regional School District (NH)
Erica Stofanak, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coach, Rochester School District (NH)
Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar to examine New Hampshire’s high school redesign, which included the introduction of competency-based learning as a means to determine student progress. Ultimately, teachers and school leaders claim responsibility for the close-in work of engineering personalized learning experiences that enable students to demonstrate mastery of rigorous content knowledge and higher-order skills.

The webinar featured the release of Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire’s Competency-Based System, a new report from the Alliance that  profiles how two high schools in New Hampshire made the shift from “seat time” to competency-based learning, which advances students when they have mastered course content.

Webinar panelists included Deputy Commissioner Paul Leather from the New Hampshire Department of Education; Principal Brian Stack from Sanborn Regional High School; and Erica Stofanak from Spaulding High School, who discussed local design and implementation of competency-based systems and personalized pathways and the impact on practice. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, moderated the discussion.

This webinar is made possible with support from

Supplemental Material

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to

NOTE: If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at usually one or two days after the event airs.

 The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

Categories: Uncategorized

Action Academy

Welcome to the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Action Academy, an online learning community of education advocates. We invite you to create an account, expand your knowledge on the most pressing issues in education, and communicate with others who share your interests in education reform.

Register Now

or register for Action Academy below:

Join the Conversation

Your email is never published nor shared.

What is this?
Add 1 to 5 =
The simple math problem you are being asked to solve is necessary to help block spam submissions.



Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.