About the Series
Coffee & Conversations is a discussion series jointly organized by the Carsey School of Public Policy, the State of NH Bureau of Education and Training, and the NH Association of Certified Public Managers to engage public service professionals in learning, problem solving, and collaboration. We’ll provide the coffee, you provide the conversation!
Nov. 13: Resourceful, Ready, Resilient: Why New Hampshire’s Seacoast Has Started Planning for Sea-level Rise
Kirsten Howard, NH Coastal Program Resilience Coordinator
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Kirsten Howard, a Resilience Coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services' Coastal Program, will summarize the latest local scientific projections for sea-level rise and changes in storms and precipitation due to climate change. She'll also share guidance intended to help communities and individuals plan for changing sea levels and weather patterns.
Dec. 11: Higher Education and Its Impact on New Hampshire
James Dean Jr., President of the University of New Hampshire
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
James W. (“Jim”) Dean Jr. became the 20th president of the University of New Hampshire in June 2018, elected unanimously by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees to lead the state’s flagship public university.
Dean believes that the nation’s public universities must rethink their efforts to better serve the public through teaching, research, and engagement, and he adds that UNH is well-positioned to strengthen and even redefine its role as a leading public research university. Since joining UNH, he has met with hundreds of members of the university community, alumni and donors, New Hampshire business leaders, state lawmakers, and state residents to discuss UNH’s challenges and opportunities.
Jan. 8: Experiential Learning and The 21st Century Workplace
Chuck Bagley, Lean Instructor with NH Bureau of Education & Training
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Bagley’s passion was the outdoor classroom, not so much the confines of the traditional classroom. When the time came to pursue college, he did his best to combine his outdoor interests with academia by acquiring an associate’s degree in forest technology and a bachelor’s degree in forest resource management. After working on fire crews, timber crews, and water quality and soil conservation projects, his passion for learning brought him back to the classroom, where he earned a master’s degree in adult learning and development. His doctoral work focused on facilitating the development and implementation of effective learning practices.
Bagley has taught a variety of topics to a wide range of learners, from college undergraduate and graduate learners to incarcerated and refugee learners, and he’s created numerous faculty and trainer development programs. During his talk, he will discuss trends in formal workplace learning in the U.S. and strategies that aim to enhance formal learning with social, experiential, and informal learning.
Oct. 9: Polling and the New Hampshire Primary
Dr. Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center, discussed some of the issues facing election polling today and provided a brief history of how new technology and polling practices shaped the election process. He also delved into the New Hampshire primary and who generally votes during the first-in-the-nation primary.
Did you miss October's talk? You can watch the entire talk and Q&A with Dr. Smith online.
About Our Partners
NH Bureau of Education and Training
The State of New Hampshire provides a unique program of continuing professional development through the Bureau of Education and Training (BET). The Bureau offers a variety of training programs – including in LEAN process improvement and management and Certified Public Supervisor/Manager credentialing – to all public employees of New Hampshire.
NH Certified Public Managers
The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government. The program’s primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local, and federal government. In New Hampshire, the program is divided into two levels: Level I (called the Certified Public Supervisor program) and Level II, which results in CPM status being awarded.