Measured Progress Sponsors Seminar

PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, March 10, 2014 — Local non-profit Leadership Seacoast, an organization committed to developing informed and active community leaders, kicked off its third program day intensive, the topic: Education. Sponsored by Measured Progress, the group spent the day at Spaulding High School in Rochester exploring complex issues involved in education in the Seacoast region.

Anne Grassie, Rochester Child Care Center and the Early Education Task Force, and Katie Brissette, deputy director, Early Learning NH, started the day with a presentation on early childhood education and the opportunities and challenges involved with maximizing the most critical years of a child’s life for learning – zero to three years old.

“Education Day was eye opening for our participants who realized that the challenges for children born today are complex due to rapid technological advances,” explained Jennifer Wheeler, executive director of Leadership Seacoast. “Children born today will graduate from high school in 2032, and retire in 2079.  How can we prepare them for jobs not yet invented?”

Participants also examined local education initiatives in the area, led by discussions with Jim Hayes, superintendent of SAU #31 (Newmarket) and Tony Baldasaro, chief human resource officer, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS).  Hayes focused on the recent very public challenges facing his district as they try to find a long-term solution for the structural issues facing the town’s middle and high schools.  Baldasaro discussed the various alternative education options for students today, including the opportunities provided through interactive online learning.

After touring the high school, the Leadership Seacoast class examined education public policy and funding with Dan Barrick, deputy director, NH Center for Public Policy Studies and Michael Richards, program director, Measured Progress in Dover.

Leadership Seacoast’s interactive Education Day closed with a special performance of the Sound of Music by Rochester High School students.

Leadership Seacoast’s Education Day was sponsored again this year by Measured Progress. Measured Progress is an industry leader in the development of customized, K-12 student assessments for schools, districts, and states.

Thanks to the continued backing of area businesses like Measured Progress, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide meaningful experiences for every student, offer scholarships to participants, create further opportunities for alumni, and secure the best speakers and venues. For more information about Leadership Seacoast and becoming a corporate sponsor, visit or contact Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334–6063 or


Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Leadership Seacoast is a six-month experiential learning program for those who want to discover how their communities function and how they can become a positive catalyst for change. The program is a behind-the-scenes exploration of the places, programs, influencers, and experts who power the Seacoast community. Program highlights include nine interactive days spent exploring community issues and themes around justice, education, economic development, government, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture.

Leadership Seacoast alumni make a difference in their communities through networking, active involvement, and personal action. Since its inception in 1988, Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future.