Dr. Roger Brooks, Chair - Concord
Dr. Roger Brooks has extensive background as an educator, administrator, and arts advocate. At Beaver Meadow School, where he served as principal until his retirement in 2009, he supported many artist-in-residency programs and the integration of arts and music into the elementary school curriculum. He also supported after-school programs in dance, theatre, music, and the visual arts.
An innovator in integrated learning, Dr. Brooks introduced the Higher Order Thinking (HOT) School Program at Beaver Meadow School. Based on a model created at the Wolcott School in West Hartford, CT and piloted at a number of schools in New Hampshire, the HOT School Program focuses on excellence in the arts, academics, and democracy. This triad model places a high value on the arts in relation to the culture and community of a school.
Dr. Brooks was an essential part of the program’s development at Beaver Meadow, from chairing the Integrated Arts Committee to promoting and recognizing artists, writers, and musicians at bi-weekly town meetings. For his work in arts education, Brooks was presented the Arts in Education Award at the 2005 Governors Arts Awards.
Brooks is a former board member of the Capitol Center for the Arts, currently serves on their nominating committee, and is Chair of their Education Committee. In addition, he serves as an adjudicator for the New Hampshire Theatre Awards.
To read the Concord Monitor’s story on Roger Brooks’ retirement from Beaver Meadow School in 2009, click here.
November 5, 2012