On November28th, Dr. Mario Andrade, Superintendent of Schools for the Nashua School District, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the Nashua School District. Dr. Andrade held many previous educational positions and wants to collaborate with schoolteachers and leaders. Covid brought him to Nashua during the pandemic from Rhode Island.  He had become a Covid educational consultant.  The rapid jump to remote learning allowed him to reconsider how schools should be structured.  He came here first to be an Assistant Principal.  Shortly after moved to Elm Street as a Principal.  Four months later he superintendent left and he became the assistant superintendent.
He left and worked for a while in the Chicago area.  After 6 months or so he was invited back to Nashua when the superintendent hiring realized the identified individual did not have NH certification
 
He was very excited to come back to Nashua as he sees it as a very supportive community.  He polled the public on the perceived mission of the Nashua schools – Students first, Shared beliefs showed up as top goals.
 
He wants to make sure the schools are partnered well with the community to help each student achieve their goals both within and outside the classroom.  What do we want all kids to know and be able to do at every level? How do we measure it? What do we do if the students don’t meet proficiency? What do we do for students if they are successful to keep them challenged and rewarded.
 
Four instructional strategies – students need to own the learning, are goals clear; need models of strong and weak work, need to know what good looks like; have to give descriptive feedback, not just compliments; everyone needs to feel safe to make a mistake, it’s okay to do it again.
 
Having the community support these goals will make both the community and the schools better for the students.
 
A brief Q & A followed.  The next few months will have lots of discussion on changes to the middle schools in Nashua and how to restructure the education systems for the 10,000 students in Nashua.