Department launches new website

14-Jul-2013

The Department today launched its new website — HawaiiPublicSchools.org — to better serve parents, students, teachers, staff and the broader public.

HawaiiPublicSchools.org

The website overhaul was one of the specific targets of focus outlined in the DOE and Board of Education’s 2011-2018 Strategic Plan. The new site is a custom CMS (content management system) to house and surface a vast archive of reports and paged information. It took nearly a year of research and public and staff input.

“We made a dedicated effort to ensure that parents and students could easily access information, as well as increase transparency of our reporting systems,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “In today’s technological world, we strive to better communicate the excellence and transformation that is occurring in our public school system. Our new website also allows for a stronger connection with our communities.”

HawaiiPublicSchools.org is a key component of the Department’s communications and community engagement plan to inform people about Hawaii’s public schools, from educational initiatives and reform to school-level data and college- and career-readiness efforts, as well as programs supporting student health and opportunities for the community to contribute to public education.

The website also includes a Success Stories section, which spotlights the terrific work and achievements of our schools, students, staff, partners and volunteers. For those interested in working for the 25,000-strong Department, there is a featured Employment section.

The Department invested $1.7 million of federal Race to the Top funds to build its new website. The funds will also be used to develop an employee intranet — set to launch in the fall — to boost operational efficiency, information sharing and collaboration among the various Department offices.

HawaiiPublicSchools.org includes multimedia elements such as videos and photo galleries. The latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari are recommended when accessing the website. Older and out-of-date browsers may face difficulties in displaying multimedia.

Visitors to the site who may have comments or questions can fill out the Contact Us form or email the Communications and Community Affairs Office at doeinfo@k12.hi.us.

Contact Information

Communications Branch

Phone: 808-586-3232

Email: doeinfo@k12.hi.us

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