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Educator Leadership Greater Manchester 2014-2015

posted Mar 5, 2015, 1:40 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 1:43 PM ]

Educator Leadership Manchester

Be sure to check out Educator Leadership Greater Manchester on Facebook. It's hard to believe that this year's session is already half completed. MFE is proud to be able to help sponsor this great opportunity for our teachers. 

Check out Educator Leadership Manchester on Facebook!

1st Annual MFE Spelling Bee

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:49 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education

Save the Date…March 24, 2015 – Memorial HS Auditorium 6:00-8:00                             

Manchester Foundation for Education will host a low-key fun spelling event.  This event will foster some good natured competition among teams while raising money for this great organization.  Don’t worry…there will be NO individual spelling.  All participants will compete in teams, or hives, of 3 and will work together to spell each word.  There will be 6 rounds of competition with 7 hives per round.  The winning hive from each round will compete in the final championship round to earn the honor of being named the Queen Bees of spelling. 

We are looking for your support in putting together a team or two from your school.  Team names and costumes should be creative and fun.  There will even be a prize for the best dressed and most unique name.

Although the entry fee for each hive is $300, MFE board members are working hard to secure sponsors for each hive that is comprised of school district faculty and staff.

During each round our pronouncer will read a word and each hive will have 30 seconds to work together to spell the word and write it on a white board for the judges to review.  Each team will get 2 misspelling chances and will be eliminated from a round on the third misspelling. 

If you would like to register a hive, please contact MFE at!   Include speller’s names, email address and school they represent.

Manchester Foundation for Education is an independent community non-profit organization founded to strengthen public education in Manchester by engaging community members as partners in the pursuit of educational excellence.

Since our founding we have worked to bring together the business and education community to provide professional development workshops to high school teachers.  We have also worked with the school district’s attendance officer and social workers to provide alarm clocks to students struggling with chronic attendance issues.  Most recently we sponsored the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Education Leadership Greater Manchester program.  The leadership program brings together teachers from all of the City’s schools and provides them the opportunity to learn from experts in various fields, what skills are necessary for students to be successful.

We intend to continue this partnership and expand programming which will enhance education opportunities for all of Manchester public school students.

Thank you for your support.  We look forward to some laughs, great spelling and raising money to put toward this important initiative!

-Stacey Weigler


Congratulations to Educator Leadership's First Graduating Class

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:43 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 1:18 PM ]

Originally posted on June 24, 2014by Manchester Foundation for Education under News

Educator Leadership Manchester

MFE is very honored to have been able to sponsor, along with many others, this great program for our Manchester teachers. Next year the program will be expanded and offered to thirty educators.

Once again, thanks to several very generous donations, Manchester Foundation for Education is proud to announce that we will be able to sponsor this program again next year.

Congratulations to this years educators and thank you for all that you gave to making this pilot year such a success! It could not have been the success it was, without YOU!

Educator Leadership 1st Graduating Class


Applications for the 2014-2015 year are still being taken:

Leadership Greater Manchester–Applications being taken now

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:42 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education

Originally posted on May 1, 2014by Manchester Foundation for Education under News

Educator Leadership Manchester






Click here to begin your application for the Class of 2015

This program strives to cultivate leadership resources within the greater Manchester community by giving potential leaders a well-rounded, in-depth look at issues facing the region and the opportunities that exist to guide us into the future on solid ground.

Leadership Greater Manchester Steering Committee
Chairman: Kim Roy, General Manager, Radisson Hotel
Staff: Tammy Boucher, 603.792.4110

Leadership Greater Manchester exists to recognize and nurture leadership talents from diverse sectors of the local community through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences.

To facilitate, stimulate and develop future leaders through a nine month program of direct exposure, interaction and activities in various aspects of the community, with the goal of building a consensus among participants, and fostering personal and professional relationships. In addition, sustaining a strong, dedicated and informed Steering Committee is a top priority.

Click here to begin your application for the class of 2015


The Leadership Greater Manchester program is presented by:




Welcome Reception – September 3, 2014
This is your first opportunity to meet your new classmates and get acquainted. This welcome reception is a casual introduction to the program and your Leadership class.

Session 1

Retreat – September 11 & 12, 2014 (MANDATORY)
This session focuses on acquainting you with your classmates, what to expect from the program and how to get the most out of it.

Chamber 101 – October 1, 2014 (MANDATORY)
This session is an introduction to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Meet the Chamber staff and learn about the Chamber’s committees and programs of work. Opportunities will be presented on how to become an active Chamber member.

Session 2

History – October 9, 2014
Greater Manchester’s rich history reflects the contributions of varied ethnic, religious and cultural groups. Explore the city’s heritage, identity, economic development and individual achievement.

Session 3

Economic Development – November 13, 2014
You will be introduced to business, civic and development organization leaders who will discuss economic development strategies, the risks, the successes and the future. This is an interactive session on the importance and vitality of economic development in Greater Manchester.

Session 4

Education – December 11, 2014
Explore the many fine institutions in the Greater Manchester region that serve the educational needs of an increasingly diverse population. The Manchester School District and area colleges will discuss their roles in providing an educated workforce for Manchester’s future.

Session 5

Government & Politics – January 22, 2015
Participate in candid discussions with local and state leaders and learn the history and form of state and local government which affect how we live and conduct our business every day.

Session 6

Communication & Media – February 12, 2015
Are you connected to the region’s media outlets? Reporters, editors, news directors and others representing the area’s broadcast and print media outlets give a behind-the-scenes look at how their organizations cover the news that’s important to you. Communications & Media Day features tours of media facilities, presentations, question and answer sessions and role playing.

Session 7

Arts & Culture – March 12, 2015
During this session, you will explore Manchester’s art, history and heritage and you will learn about the importance of the arts in Greater Manchester.

Session 8

Health – April 9, 2015
Learn about the health issues facing Greater Manchester’s population and meet the leaders and organizations dedicated to addressing those challenges. During this session, you will learn about the unique health needs of the diverse groups that call the Queen City home and gain insight into the network of services available to ensure community health and well being.

Session 9

Criminal Justice – May 14, 2015
Gain an understanding of issues faced by our state’s court systems, correctional facilities and police forces. During the months of April and May, you will have the opportunity to participate in a police ride-along.

Session 10

Human Services – June 11, 2015
Learn about the developing social and behavioral trends in Greater Manchester; the efforts of public and private agencies to provide service to address critical community needs; and the challenges such organizations face in obtaining funding and support to continue their mission.

Graduation – June 25, 2015

Educator Leadership Manchester

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:38 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education

Originally posted on October 15, 2013 by Manchester Foundation for Education under News

Educator Leadership Manchester
October 15, 2013 · 
Pilot Initiative Created to Bridge Gap Between Education and Business Communities
Manchester, NH - Educator Leadership, a program of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce designed to ensure that school teaching is relevant to the skills required of industry, kicks off this month with the support of six colleges and universities and other business-related entities.

Educator Leadership, in its pilot year, will provide 15 teachers, guidance counselors and other educators the opportunity for exposure to and relationships with local businesses and CEOs. The hope is that positive ongoing relationships will be established between the schools and community businesses.

“This program strives to cultivate relationships between the Manchester School District and businesses within Manchester by giving educators an in-depth look at businesses in order to gain insight into the work ethic and skill sets needed to succeed in today’s – and more importantly, tomorrow’s – workforce, said Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce President Robin Comstock. “Educators will gain first-hand knowledge about various industries and what is needed to succeed in them, and can then impart that knowledge to students, enabling them to become healthy, productive citizens, well-prepared for employment.”

The structure of the program is to bring participating educators into the workplace of local businesses to learn more about businesses’ needs and their interests in the future workforce. Ultimately, the objective is to provide educators with a hands-on experience about what businesses require from high school graduates. It is hoped that this program will be able to tactically align the jobs needed with the education given. Students crave more information about careers, and this initiative will allow businesses to provide information about their industries and company that can be relayed to students through curriculum and other venues, providing for a stronger connection with businesses and the community.

Organized by an Educator Leadership Greater Manchester Steering Committee, the program is modeled after the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s successful Leadership Greater Manchester (LGM) program. Middle and high school educators participate in the E-LGM program one time per month from October to June. Each month is dedicated to a specific industry. Business segments include hospitality, technology, retail, law, government, non-profit, engineering, STEM and public safety (police & fire).

“It has never been more important for businesses and educators to work together and we are thrilled that the Chamber has taken the lead in providing a top-notch leadership program that will foster important relationships, the impact of which has the potential to be significant,” said Superintendent Debra Livingston.

Educator Leadership Greater Manchester sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor - Southern New Hampshire University/Corporate Sponsors – Granite State College, Manchester Community College, Saint Anselm College and the University of NH at Manchester /Supporting Sponsors – Manchester Foundation for Education, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Radisson Hotel Manchester and the Manchester Transit Authority.

Happy New Year!

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:36 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education

Originally posted on December 31, 2012 by Manchester Foundation for Education under News

As we reflect on 2012, MFE would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year. The past year has brought much success and growth to Manchester Foundation for Education. We donated 200 alarm clocks to the Manchester school district’s attendance officer and social workers to help curb chronic truancy and tardiness. In September, we were happy to work with the NH Fisher Cats to participate in their school supply distribution. In November, we held our first professional development workshop for Manchester teachers. Over 25 teachers attended the day long workshop focused on engaging all students and differentiated instruction. We welcomed new board members and are working on developing projects for 2013. None of this would have been possible without the financial support of our most generous donors. In addition to individual donations, MFE was proud to receive monetary and in-kind donations from Mr. Mac’s, Portland Pie Company, Jerome’s Deli, Cactus Jack’s, IBM, Verizon and our workshop facilitator Susan Fitzell. As always our focus is improving student achievement and helping to create the most successful school district in the Northeast. Your ongoing support is critical. There is still time to make a tax deductible donation in 2012, via our website, or to PO Box 6424, Manchester, NH 03109. Thank you again and see you in 2013!

Our very own Stacey Weigler — 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for NH

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:35 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 5:35 PM ]

Originally posted on December 12, 2012 by Manchester Foundation for Education under News

Meet the 2012 Mom Congress New Hampshire Delegate December 12, 2012


Stacey Weigler is the 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for New Hampshire. She has spent the past five years volunteering at her children’s school, Highland Goffe’s Falls Elementary. Each year she has become more deeply involved in advocating for increased parent engagement, improved curriculum and overall improved student achievement. Currently Stacey serves as Vice President of Manchester Foundation for Education, a non-profit local education foundation. In addition to her volunteer efforts, Stacey works as a liturgical musician, singing at several parishes in the Diocese of Manchester. Stacey lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, Scott and her children, Thomas and Madison.

What book is currently on your nightstand?  Caught by Harlan Coben.

One thing that is going great in education in your state:  The New Hampshire high school dropout rate is among the best in the Country. In the 2010-2011 school year the state dropout rate was under 1%.

One thing you wish could be improved in education in your state:  New Hampshire continues to struggle with adequate education funding throughout the state. An amendment to the state constitution is being considered. The amendment would target education funding to the communities most in need. Currently the state funds education equally regardless of the financial resources/need of the community.

Your favorite teacher (and why):  My favorite teacher was Miss Crane, my 7th grade English teacher. She was strict but cared about our success as students. Each week we were responsible for memorizing a short news article and presenting it to the class. I am sure that this activity strengthened my ability to speak in front of a group. She was also a stickler for proper grammar, a quality I admire to this day.

Your hero:  Parents who make good choices by working hard and providing for their family.

Biggest wish for your kids: I want my children to arrive wherever their dreams take them. My husband and I want them to know that as long as they try their best, regardless of the outcome, we will be proud of their effort.

Most rewarding/challenging stage of parenthood thus far (and why):  The most challenging stage was when my children were four and two. The attention that they required was sometimes overwhelming. The most rewarding stage of parenthood, so far, is right now. My children are now eight and ten-years-old and becoming individuals who constantly amaze us.

Favorite subject in school (and why):  American History–I enjoy reading and learning about how our country started. The foresight of our founding fathers always amazes me.

Secret indulgence:  Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Favorite quote: “It is better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission.” ― Grace Murray Hopper

Original article can be found here:

Portland Pie Company Raises Money for Local Education Foundations

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:33 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education

Originally posted on October 23, 2012 by Manchester Foundation for Education 

Congratulations to MFE Vice President, Stacey Weigler!

posted Feb 18, 2015, 2:27 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 2:31 PM ]

Originally posted on May 1, 2012 by Manchester Foundation for Education under News

Stacey was just named New Hampshire’s delegate to the 2012 Mom Congress. Stacey will attend the 3-day education conference sponsored by Parenting Magazine and held at Georgetown University in Washington DC in April. Stacey will join 49 other state delegates to share concerns, ideas and best practices in all aspects of education. She will have the opportunity to meet top education leaders at panel discussions and town hall meetings. We wish Stacey well as she represents Manchester Foundation for Education and New Hampshire.

Published in The Union Leader

posted Feb 16, 2015, 12:16 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education   [ updated Feb 16, 2015, 12:18 PM ]

Originally Posted on April 15th, 2012 by Manchester Foundation for Education

Manchester Foundation for Education : Raising Money for City schools

As the City mulls over the idea of including information in tax bills about donating to schools, residents should know that there is already a local education foundation working to bring business and community leaders, parents and school officials together for the betterment of public school students. Manchester Foundation for Education is an independent 501(c)(3) non- profit organization founded to  strengthen public education in Manchester by engaging community members as partners in the pursuit of educational excellence. MFE recently donated over 200 alarm clocks to the School District in an effort to curb chronic truancy.  MFE is also collaborating with local high tech business leaders and the district IT director to establish Community Technology Champions in an effort to address technology areas of opportunity throughout the Manchester School District. Another project MFE is working on is a professional development opportunity for all district teachers. These are ongoing projects that will enhance our children’s education and positively impact student achievement. You can learn more about Manchester Foundation for Education on Facebook or at   

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