Application Materials

The EDies committee was established to provide a process that honors exemplary practices and excellence at the elementary, middle, K-8, and high school levels throughout the Granite State. The application process will help you and your school team engage in a collaborative and self-reflective dialogue focused solely on continuous improvement and excellence in education. The winning school at each level will receive state-wide recognition as the EDies School of Excellence, $2,000, a school banner, and a beautifully engraved school bell signifying excellence in education.

The EDies is thankful for our partnership with McDonald’s, which generously awards the $2,000 to each School of Excellence.

Thank you to all the schools that applied for the Schools of Excellence. The application period is now closed.

Step 1:  Applicants will need to submit a written response that does not exceed five pages in length. Due by January 20, 2023.

Applicants will be assessed against the following competencies. Please provide a description of how each is addressed at your school.

School Excellence Competencies:

  • The curriculum and instructional practices are presented in a rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning environment.
  • The school organizes community members, ensuring they all have a role in building the school’s climate and culture.
  • The school’s vision, mission, and goals are clearly articulated, well communicated, and guide practice.
  • The school has an effective system for utilizing data and information that supports personalization.
  • There is a culture of empowerment among students, staff, teachers, administration, and community members.

Submit your materials through email to OR mail to:
NH Excellence in Education
P.O. Box 374
Londonderry, NH 03053

Please clearly identify each area of your response and number all pages.  Remember to include the name of your school, contact person, and phone number.

Step 2: The EDies Committee will notify all schools that apply by January 30, 2023 as to whether or not they will be invited to present to the selection committee.

Step 3:  Presentations to the selection committee will occur before March 11, 2023 and will be 30 minutes in length with 15 minutes for questions/answers. The time and location will be announced at the time of notification.

Step 4:  All schools will be notified by March 14, 2023 as to whether or not they will receive a visit from the selection committee. Date and time of the visit will be announced at that time.

Step 5:  Visits will take place by April 22, 2023 and will be at least a half-day in length. Exact times are to be determined.

Step 6: Announcements will be made in early May recognizing the recipient of the award and any finalists. (Finalists, if any, will be determined after all visitations have been completed.)

The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for June 3, 2023 at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown in Manchester, New Hampshire.