Join us to contribute your ideas for ways to make our schools stronger, to build bridges between our schools and our community, and to be sure that all voices are heard when important decisions are made about Dover Schools. We really hope that you will attend all three meetings below, but you are welcome if you can only come to one or two.
- Saturday, March, 18 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 23 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 30 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Statewide Partners gathering—part of the NH Blue and You initiative of the NH Chiefs of Police Association and the Seacoast and Manchester NAACP chapters, in partnership with NH Listens—will use interactive, mixed group conversations to create a thoughtful and engaging day. Our hope is to strengthen relationships across statewide organizations and partners and identify strategies and actions for community leaders, civil rights advocates, elected officials, and law enforcement officials to adopt to assure that relationships between police and those they protect and serve are equitable, respectful, and consistent with the core values of a democratic, pluralistic society.
In any group, there is far more collective wisdom in the room than any one person has. The potential is there for new insights, more complete understanding, and innovative solutions to emerge, if the right conditions are in place. A key facilitation skill to access this potential in a group is framing powerful questions.
In this workshop, facilitated by Beth Tener of New Directions Collaborative, you will practice the art of framing strategic questions. Strategic questions focus us on what could be. They enable people to see new options and alternatives and inspire movement. This session will include:
- Exploring what makes a good strategic question
- Practicing developing strategic questions for participant’s current challenges
- Understanding how leadership looks different when leading with questions not answers
- Exploring how to use questions in combination with participatory group processes when designing agendas
The $25 Fee may be waived for students and those with financial need. Just let us know!
This interactive conference will provide an opportunity for Seacoast leaders to examine the challenges and opportunities associated with creating a more perfect union. Our nation, our state, and our local communities are made up of people from all walks of life, representing diversity in racial and ethnic heritage, languages, religions, and citizenship status. This Seacoast Partners gathering is an initiative of the Seacoast NAACP, the NH Association of Chiefs of Police, and NH Listens. We will use interactive, mixed group conversations to:
- Strengthen relationships across Seacoast organizations and partners;
- Analyze the current state of relationships between law enforcement and community residents and leaders;
- Examine Constitutional and legal factors that affect community—police interactions;
- Broaden understanding of cultural and racial differences;
- Identify strategies and actions for community leaders, civil rights advocates, elected officials, and law enforcement officials to adopt to assure that relationships between police and those they protect and serve are equitable, respectful, and consistent with the core values of a democratic, pluralistic society.
“NH Listens is well organized and facilitates discussions in a manner where all opinions and views are shared in a respectful and constructive fashion. NH Listens helped my department hold a discussion with community members to assure mutual understanding and trust between the Community and our Police Officers. The event was well attended and met our goals. The follow-up report written by NH Listens was excellent and resulted in action steps to build upon the discussion.”
- Anthony Colarusso, Chief of Police, Dover