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HIDOE & Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor’s signing of House Bill 1070 in support of new teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-HTSB-Joint-Statement.aspxHIDOE & Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor’s signing of House Bill 1070 in support of new teachersHIDOE and the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor David Ige’s signing of House Bill 1070 into law. Act 116 will provide $600,000 in both fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 for teacher stipends for the “Grow Our Own Teachers” initiative to cover annual licensing fees for new and untenured teachers.
Teacher collaboration unleashing innovation, best practiceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/051619.aspxTeacher collaboration unleashing innovation, best practicesFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: We will see a transformation in our special education programs as a result of the renewed commitment to collaboration by our schools and teachers, creating equitable learning experiences for our most vulnerable students. Here are some school-level examples of best practices around collaboration that are contributing to advancements in equity.
School bells ring, but why?http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/school-bell.aspxSchool bells ring, but why?School communities are being asked to "think out of the box" about how to deliver upon five student promises by 2030 as part of the public school system's next 10 years of strategic planning. What do schools need to do to advance equity, excellence and innovation for all, and what current procedures, policies, infrastructure and other elements should be reconsidered? State Office Teacher Bobby Widhalm shares his thoughts about the school bell.
Community invited to provide input on Hawai‘i DOE’s next 10 yearshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2030-Promise-Plan-feedback-toolkit.aspxCommunity invited to provide input on Hawai‘i DOE’s next 10 yearsThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking feedback on the first draft of a 2030 Promise Plan, which will guide the Department for the next decade, centered around five promises to students. A step-by-step toolkit for the community to provide feedback is available at HawaiiPublicSchools.org. Feedback will be gathered through August 1, with a first draft of the plan to be delivered in September.
Hawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-PAEMST.aspxHawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingHawaii public school teachers Daniel Taira (Lehua Elementary), Laura Cummings (Sunset Beach Elementary), Richard Brian Ogawa (Kanoelani Elementary) and Stacie Tateyama (Kipapa Elementary) have been selected as state finalists for one of the nation's most prestigious honors bestowed upon teachers — the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST.
April 2019 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0419.aspxApril 2019 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter featuring the top stories from across Hawaii's public schools, distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Kaneohe El's Kumu Bella earns Milken Teacher of Promise award, Class of 2018 shows strong growth nationally in AP exam performance, Inouye Elementary teacher Esther Park finds out what her 5th graders have to say on the issue of student voice, more stories.
Office of Hawaiian Education seeks teachers for Kaiapuni and Hawaiian Knowledge classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/OHE-seeks-Kaiapuni-teachers.aspxOffice of Hawaiian Education seeks teachers for Kaiapuni and Hawaiian Knowledge classroomsNow in its third year, the Hawaiian Special Permit, known as Palapala A‘o Kūikawā, was launched by the Office of Hawaiian Education to help address critical shortages for certified teachers in the areas of Kaia‘ōlelo-Kaiapuni Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Language Immersion, and Hawaiian Studies/Knowledge.
Kaua‘i educators team up to advance student voicehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ktf.aspxKaua‘i educators team up to advance student voiceA team of Garden Isle educators is gearing up to collect student voice on how the Hawai‘i DOE informs Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) across its schools. They belong to an innovative collaborative, the Kauai Teacher Fellowship, which aims to bring teacher and student voice into administrative decision-making across the island and, potentially, the state. The data gathering effort will launch March 1.
'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2019-HRSAA.aspx'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardEmma Park, an 8th grader at Wahiawa Middle School, has been named an American Visions nominee in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Her photograph, "Waiting for You," and two other works will be considered for national recognition. A selection of works statewide will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum. “I always saw something in my work, and it makes me really happy that other people see something in it, too.”
Ala Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Milken-Award.aspxAla Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator AwardSara King, a Title I Coordinator at Ala Wai Elementary, has become the latest recipient of the coveted Milken Educator Award. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," the award honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. King is the only Hawaii Milken Educator in 2019, and is among 33 teachers nationwide selected for the honor this season.
Social Emotional Learning: Grooming Peace Ambassadors at Manoa Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/peace-project.aspxSocial Emotional Learning: Grooming Peace Ambassadors at Manoa ElementaryChelsey Villamin, who is in her seventh year of teaching at Manoa Elementary School, started off exposing students to literature and books that encouraged the young students to reflect on times when they experienced peace.
2018 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2018.aspx2018 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2018 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
Kealakehe Intermediate’s Mathieu Williams named 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-HSTOY.aspxKealakehe Intermediate’s Mathieu Williams named 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the YearKealakehe Intermediate teacher Mathieu Williams was named the 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year. Williams was selected among seven other District Teachers of the Year and received the state's top teaching award from Governor David Ige and Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto during a ceremony held at Washington Place.
Three Hawaii public school teachers each vying for $100,000 'Dream Big' grants in national competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farmers-Dream-Big-Finalists.aspxThree Hawaii public school teachers each vying for $100,000 'Dream Big' grants in national competitionOnline votes through Nov. 3 will determine five winners from among 15 finalists nationwide. Hawaii has three teachers in the running for the grant.
Let's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/091718.aspxLet's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegeA critical measure that serves as one predictor for college access is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This year, the Hawaii DOE has set a goal to have 70 percent of our seniors complete the FAFSA, and 90 percent in 2020. We all play a role in meeting this goal.
Bullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Supt-Kishimoto-091918.aspxBullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: It should go without saying that bullying is not tolerated in an organization or in communities dedicated to educating healthy and joyful lifelong learners who contribute meaningfully to our communities. But to be explicitly clear: Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in Hawai‘i public schools. This piece ran on Sept. 19, 2018 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
SchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolMessenger.aspxSchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertsMost Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools began formally transitioning this week to a SchoolMessenger text-messaging system. As part of this transition, SchoolMessenger sent an automated text message Monday morning from 67587 to HIDOE parents.
HIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lanehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-lane-update.aspxHIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane LaneAll public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 22, until further notice, in anticipation of dangerous storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.
Classroom and collaboration advice and tips from Hawai'i's teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/HSG-17-18.aspxClassroom and collaboration advice and tips from Hawai'i's teachersTeachers are the greatest knowledge resource we have for classroom and student learning strategies. Hawai'i's Hope Street Group teachers pledge to share their professional insights to help guide education policy and support their fellow teachers. Below is a selection of the top posts from HSG teachers in the 2017-18 school year. Pass on the knowledge!
Virtual Open Classroom 2018http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Virtual-Open-Classroom-2018.aspxVirtual Open Classroom 2018Check out the dynamic, inviting, innovative learning spaces our educators are designing for students! Teachers shared tips, photos and videos of their classroom designs to Twitter. A selection appears here, or click the hashtag link to see all posts.
Department initiatives aimed at growing talent pipeline of teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/teacher-recruitment-opinion.aspxDepartment initiatives aimed at growing talent pipeline of teachersOur hiring drives and other initiatives have resulted in more teachers coming into the DOE. We’re hiring more experienced teachers, and our new teachers are more prepared. Learn more in this piece from Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Covell which ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Rovi Porter: My public school journeyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/rovi-porter.aspxRovi Porter: My public school journeyWhen I was asked to reflect on my public school journey, my immediate thought was to highlight the people who have supported me throughout the years. However, I believe the best form of gratitude is not just thanking them, but demonstrating how I’m using what they’ve taught me to be the best person I can be. Here’s my story.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Supt-18-19.aspxWelcome to the 2018-19 school year!Please review the following letter to parents and guardians and watch our welcome back video from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto. Team HIDOE was also featured each morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise the week leading up to the start of school — access links below to valuable updates and tips for the new school year.
Hawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST-18.aspxHawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingAkeyo Garcia of Ewa Elementary and Masaru Uchino of Momilani Elementary have been awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST. It is the highest award K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. Recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and will engage in education discussions in Washington, D.C.
Department awarded grant to recruit transitioning and retired military members for teaching positionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Troops-to-Teachers-Grant.aspxDepartment awarded grant to recruit transitioning and retired military members for teaching positionsHIDOE was recently awarded a Hawaii Troops to Teachers (HTTT) grant. The federal funds totaling $600,932 over five years, will help align the Defense Department’s Troops to Teachers goals with HIDOE’s diversified teacher recruiting and retention plan.
May 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0518.aspxMay 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: Maui High boosts college and career readiness, East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground, teachers drive improvement via an innovative collaboration model, more stories.
Teachers drive improvement through Hawaii Lab Cohortshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/ProfessionalDevelopment/Pages/Hawaii-Lab-Cohorts.aspxTeachers drive improvement through Hawaii Lab CohortsHawaii Lab Cohorts are teacher learning communities within complex areas and schools that offer an effective approach to professional growth for teachers, allowing for continuous improvement. A shining example is in the Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Area. In its fourth year of implementation, the cohort has grown from school-level English Language Arts teams to complex-wide labs in ELA and math, soon to expand to science.
Draft Secondary Social Studies Standards open for public review through Aprilhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Draft-Standards-review.aspxDraft Secondary Social Studies Standards open for public review through AprilThe Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support, Social Studies Program, is seeking broad input from educators and the public on the draft Secondary (grades 6-12) Social Studies Standards through the end of April 2018.
April 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0418.aspxApril 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter featuring the top stories from across Hawaii's public schools, distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Stevenson Middle science teacher earns the Milken Teacher of Promise award, Leilehua's JROTC team is returning to the CyberPatriot national competition, Roosevelt High students design and organize a schoolwide college and career fair, more stories.
Students test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/ctso-2018.aspxStudents test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionStudent members of four Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) representing schools statewide competed in performance tasks at the 2018 CTSO Convention on Feb. 22-23. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) held its statewide convention March 27-29 on Hawaii Island. Congratulations to the top finishers!
Department announces 2014 graduation dateshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014-grad.aspxDepartment announces 2014 graduation datesThe Hawaii State Department of Education is announcing its 2014 graduation dates for more than 60 schools, including public high schools and charter schools. In all, there will be approximately 11,000 students graduating from public schools this year. Graduation dates begin in late May with the ceremonies for Pahoa on Hawaii Island on Sunday, May 18.
HIDOE names 2015 Employee and Team of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-hidoe-awards.aspxHIDOE names 2015 Employee and Team of the YearHIDOE recognized key employees and teams for their outstanding contributions to Hawaii's public school students. Pearl Ridge Elementary's Andrew Lagapa was named Employee of the Year and the Kailua Intermediate Science & Engineering Dept. was named Team of the Year.
Two public school students selected as top youth volunteershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-prudential.aspxTwo public school students selected as top youth volunteersAlexandra Skrocki, 17, of Radford High and Kaytlen Akau, 13, of Kamakahelei Middle have been selected as 2015 Hawaii state winners by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors students who devote time to service projects.
Stephanie Mew named Hawaii’s 2016 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016TOY.aspxStephanie Mew named Hawaii’s 2016 State Teacher of the YearKapunahala Elementary teacher Stephanie Mew was named Hawaii's 2016 State Teacher of the Year. She was selected from seven District Teachers of the Year, representing more than 11,000 educators in HIDOE statewide.
Parents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SQS.aspxParents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 15, 2016.
Kahuku teacher joins ‘Ohana Wa‘ahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ohana-waa.aspxKahuku teacher joins ‘Ohana Wa‘aKahuku High & Intermediate School teacher Matthew Kanemoto shares his experiences as a crewmember of the Worldwide Voyage. In 2013, Kanemoto had sailed on the Hōkūle‘ā during the first Mālama Honua statewide tours. He then became one of the 15-person crew that sailed Hikianalia back to Hawai‘i from Tahiti Nui, which lasted 27 days, covering more than 1,800 nautical miles on the open ocean.
Students spread pono through campuses, communitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/pono-2016.aspxStudents spread pono through campuses, communitiesThe annual E Ola Pono campaign rewards student-led efforts to increase peace, kindness and belonging. As a cultural response to bullying and other negative behaviors in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.​ For 2016, six schools were selected and will receive cash awards.
Hawaii educators earn top awards for excellence in teaching World Languages http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/World-Languages.aspxHawaii educators earn top awards for excellence in teaching World Languages Two teachers were recognized for their efforts in World Language study by the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). Junko Agena from Aina Haina Elementary School was awarded the Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award, and Jeenna Canche from Maui High School was given the inaugural Lynn Sandstedt Memorial Spanish Scholarship.
Leading with the state’s vision for education, public input sought on Strategic Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan.aspxLeading with the state’s vision for education, public input sought on Strategic PlanThe Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) are seeking critical public input on a review and extension of its joint Strategic Plan.
Hawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/advancing-career-pathways.aspxHawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentsHawaii is among a group of 17 states announcing a commitment to develop and execute a detailed plan to make career readiness a higher priority.
Student voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Olelo.aspxStudent voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardsWaianae public schools sweep the expert division and public schools win most top prizes in the annual event that aims to cultivate student voice, perspective, and storytelling.
Mural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu Waimanalohttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Blanche-Pope-Mural.aspxMural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu WaimanaloStudents at Blanche Pope Elementary celebrated Earth Day by unveiling their Mele Mural during the school’s ho’olaule’a today. The 55-foot mural took two weeks to complete with students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade contributing to the brainstorming process and painting.
Board approves Department's school accreditation planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Board-approves-Department's-school-accreditation-plan.aspxBoard approves Department's school accreditation planThe Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) today approved the Department of Education's five-year project to ensure all public schools are accredited in alignment with BOE/DOE Strategic Plan.
Board approves policy change in teacher evaluationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-approves-policy-changes.aspxBoard approves policy change in teacher evaluationThe BOE approved recommendations to revise its policy on Teacher Performance Evaluation. Joint-committee members of the HSTA and HIDOE presented the recommended changes, which were subsequently recommended by Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to the BOE removing student test scores as required for teacher performance evaluation.
Aloha, Class of 2016!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Class-of-2016.aspxAloha, Class of 2016!Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.
A heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea Scholarshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/CFHT-mahalo.aspxA heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea ScholarsStudents in the first cohort of Maunakea Scholars offer thanks to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope staff and University of Hawaii mentors for assisting with their research of the stars. The program, the first of its kind in the world, grants telescope time to public high school students for independent research.
Superintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/World-Oceans-Day.aspxSuperintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua In preparation for the upcoming World Oceans Day gathering in New York, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and apprentice navigator Jenna Ishii this morning met with students and educators who presented messages of Mālama Honua, which she will take to Nainoa Thompson on June 8.
Students take passion for percussion to a national levelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/HYPE.aspxStudents take passion for percussion to a national levelAn ensemble of dedicated percussionists and their director share a passion for music in a unique opportunity for Hawaii students.
DOE reports on school year and instructional timehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-reports-on-school-year-and-instructional-time.aspxDOE reports on school year and instructional timeHONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this afternoon provided its 2014 report on School Year and Instructional Time before a joint legislative education committee hearing.
Conversation on improving public education continues, meetings set through Septemberhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-BOE-Conversation-Meetings.aspxConversation on improving public education continues, meetings set through SeptemberThe Hawaii DOE and Board of Education have scheduled a series of community meetings to provide updates on plans to better public education. These meetings are part of the ongoing outreach effort in the updating of the Strategic Plan.
Educator Effectiveness System to change based on teacher, principal feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/EES-2014-15-update.aspxEducator Effectiveness System to change based on teacher, principal feedbackThe Department is announcing several major changes to the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) to take effect in the upcoming school year. The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators, and are designed to simplify the EES, streamline its components and differentiate the approach for teachers based on need.
Hawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ESSA-Concerns.aspxHawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing In a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Governor David Ige, Hawaii State Board of Education's Chairperson Lance Mizumoto and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi voiced concerns about the draft regulations and implementation timeline for the Every Students Succeeds Act.
Ewa Makai Middle School teacher wins $2,500 educational granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Grant.aspxEwa Makai Middle School teacher wins $2,500 educational grantEwa Makai Middle School Student Activities Coordinator Vanessa Ching was awarded a $2,500 educational grant as part of the Thank America’s Teachers 2016 initiative, sponsored by Farmers Insurance.
Community voices sought for input on public education planshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Community-voices-sought-for-input-on-public-education-plans-.aspxCommunity voices sought for input on public education plansSince April, HIDOE and BOE has engaged the community as it reviews its joint Strategic Plan​. BOE members have hosted meetings in Waimea (Hawaii Island) and Wailuku, and the public has more opportunities to provide feedback at upcoming community meetings on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai.
Kailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Greg-Kent-Ultimaker.aspxKailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programKailua Elementary teacher and Technology Coordinator Greg Kent is one of 58 teachers selected nationwide for the Ultimaker Education Pioneers program.
Catherine Caine named Hawaii’s 2015 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HawaiiTOY15.aspxCatherine Caine named Hawaii’s 2015 State Teacher of the YearThe Waikiki Elementary second-grade teacher engages students with meaningful assignments that challenge them to make a difference in their communities. Caine will represent Hawaii in the National Teacher of the Year program.
School staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/positive-places.aspxSchool staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placesLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Maui News. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
Recruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/krieg.aspxRecruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityThis piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's editorial section on Sept. 6, 2016. It was written by Barbara Krieg, assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Students are at the center of thinking, year-round, in the DOE's efforts to vet qualified teachers.
Kaala Elementary Teacher Yuuko Arikawa Wins $25,000 Milken Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kaala-Elementary-Teacher-Yuuko-Arikawa-Wins-$25,000-Milken-Award.aspxKaala Elementary Teacher Yuuko Arikawa Wins $25,000 Milken AwardYuuko L. Arikawa was introduced as Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award winner at a morning assembly attended by more than 350 students at Kaala Elementary School in Wahiawa. The 10-year veteran of Hawaii’s public school system was also presented a $25,000 cash award from the Milken Family Foundation.
Kalakaua Middle teacher surprised with $25K Milken Educator Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalakaua-Middle-teacher-surprised-with-$25K-Milken-Educator-Award.aspxKalakaua Middle teacher surprised with $25K Milken Educator AwardMichelle Kay, who teaches eighth graders, wins the 'Oscar of Teaching.' Her passion and enthusiasm in the classroom, combined with relevant and engaging science lessons, motivate and challenge all students to keep improving.
Students need encouragement to join teaching professionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Students-need-encouragement-to-join-teaching-profession.aspxStudents need encouragement to join teaching profession2017 Central District Teacher of the Year Tracey Idica shared with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser what can be done to address the teacher shortage and help motivate the next generation of educators.
Updated Strategic Plan to be presented to Boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Updated-Strategic-Plan-to-be-presented-to-Board.aspxUpdated Strategic Plan to be presented to BoardOn Dec. 6, the updated Strategic Plan will be presented to the Board of Education (BOE) for adoption. This joint project of the Department of Education (DOE) and BOE covers the years 2017-2020. It is an update and extension of the 2012 plan, following a broad community review in 2016.
Student-centered Strategic Plan approved by Boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan-approved.aspxStudent-centered Strategic Plan approved by BoardThe Hawaii State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the update and extension of the Strategic Plan with amendments. The plan will be used to guide the Department and its schools from 2017-20 with implementation starting next year.
Jarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/jarrett-strive-HI.aspxJarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultsConventional wisdom would say that Jarrett Middle School should not be doing as well as it is, given the size of its high-needs student population. But it's bucking expectations with a commitment to "Everyone Being Extraordinary." A calm atmosphere and engaging instruction are boosting students to go beyond a year of learning.
More isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/More-isle-students-meeting-benchmarks.aspxMore isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi shares with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the importance of celebrating the success of public school students and what sets them apart from their peers locally and nationally when it comes to college and career opportunities.
Fulbright teacher recalls time spent as educational ambassadorhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Fulbright-teacher-recalls-time-spent-as-educational-ambassador-.aspxFulbright teacher recalls time spent as educational ambassadorMililani Mauka teacher Johnna Jacobsen served as an educational ambassador over the summer through the Fulbright-Hays Cultural and Educational Seminar in Peru. She encourages other teachers to apply and take advantage of this all expenses paid opportunity of a lifetime.
Department shapes lessons around World Conservation Congress http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/-lessons-around-World-Conservation-Congress.aspxDepartment shapes lessons around World Conservation Congress In anticipation of the World Conservation Congress convening in Hawai’i in September, the Hawaii State Department of Education has created educator resources for teachers, students and schools to participate and contribute in this global gathering.
Making IT happen at Momilani Elementary School earns teacher top awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MakingITHappen.aspxMaking IT happen at Momilani Elementary School earns teacher top awardISTE awarded its prestigious Making IT Happen award to Momilani Elementary School teacher Shane Asselstine. He is one of two teachers who received this award at the 2015 Schools of the Future Conference in November.
Matthew Lawrence named Hawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Matthew-Lawrence-named-Hawaii's-2014-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxMatthew Lawrence named Hawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the YearHawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the Year is a 12-year veteran educator who inspires his students through creative hands-on projects. Honolulu District Teacher of the Year Matthew Lawrence of Waikiki Elementary was named the 2014 State Teacher of the Year this afternoon at a ceremony attended by Governor Neil Abercrombie and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi at Washington Place.
Four Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maunakea-Scholars.aspxFour Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starsThe first four students to get observatory time at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) under the new Maunakea Scholars program are from Kapolei High School. Congratulations to Ashley Cobbs, Nevyn Tyau, Jamie Valdez and David Zerba.
McKinley High School to celebrate 150 years of Black & Gold traditionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/McKinley-150th.aspxMcKinley High School to celebrate 150 years of Black & Gold traditionMcKinley High will be celebrating 150 years of Tiger pride and tradition with anniversary events throughout this school year beginning with a Homecoming Week Luau on Friday, Sept. 25.
Waipahu High science teacher wins Milken Award and $25,000http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Michael-Sana.aspxWaipahu High science teacher wins Milken Award and $25,000Waipahu High School science teacher Michael Sana was presented the prestigious 2015-16 Milken Educator Award at a schoolwide assembly to the applause of his students and fellow teachers. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," it honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
Molokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Molokai-Cool-Schools.aspxMolokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolsA celebration assembly was held at Kaunakakai Elementary to mark the completion of a hybrid solar air conditioning installation project — 33 units were installed in 18 classrooms. Sixth-grader and Student Council President Leonahemaikekaimalie Crivello was commended for helping the project become a reality.
2016 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Year-in-Review.aspx2016 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2016 by our schools, educators and keiki.
One week left on public survey — offer your input on Hawaii’s education futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/One-Week-Left.aspxOne week left on public survey — offer your input on Hawaii’s education futureThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is reminding the public that they have one more week to submit input on a plan for student success. The community’s input is needed to support student aspirations in our public schools.
Hawaii teachers recognized by President Barack Obama for excellence in math and science educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST.aspxHawaii teachers recognized by President Barack Obama for excellence in math and science educationPresident Barack Obama recognized four Hawaii teachers today as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Statement by Superintendent Matayoshi on school-related tripshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Statement-by-Superintendent-Matayoshi-on-school-related-trips.aspxStatement by Superintendent Matayoshi on school-related tripsThe Hawaii State Ethics Commission announced it reached an agreement with HSTA regarding teachers serving as chaperones on school-related trips. Under the agreement, teachers may continue to plan trips and serve as chaperones with private tour companies.
Public school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-parents-encouraged-to-complete-federal-survey-cards.aspxPublic school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardsParents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home on Sept. 4. The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds.
New assessment scores show promise for public school achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sba-scores.aspxNew assessment scores show promise for public school achievementIn its first year of administering a new, more rigorous test, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. HIDOE today released statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments test scores in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.
Our special ed priority: Hire more teachers, raise bar for allhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/Pages/mulcahy.aspxOur special ed priority: Hire more teachers, raise bar for allSuzanne Mulcahy, new assistant superintendent of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support at HIDOE, is optimistic about raising educational outcomes for all students. She has 15 years’ experience in the classroom teaching regular and special education at the elementary and intermediate school levels. This piece originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Trio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars Programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USPSP2014.aspxTrio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars ProgramThe Department is pleased to announce that public school seniors make up half of the Hawaii semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Nicole Fernandez of Radford High, Trent Hori of Maui High, and Viola Mocz of Mililani High are among 565 students chosen nationally on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.
Welcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Welcome-Back-2015.aspxWelcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiWe are proud to serve Hawai‘i’s children, and we hope you’re proud of your public schools. Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki.
Student surveys to provide critical feedback about learning environmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Student-surveys-to-provide-critical-feedback-about-learning-environment.aspxStudent surveys to provide critical feedback about learning environmentA student survey being administered in Hawaii’s public schools through Oct. 18 will provide educators with critical classroom feedback aimed at improving teaching and learning. The Tripod Student Perceptions Survey measures effective student-teacher relationships and elements of teaching quality.
Superintendent Matayoshi rated 'Exceptional' by Board of Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Superintendent-Matayoshi-rated-'Exceptional'-by-Board-of-Education.aspxSuperintendent Matayoshi rated 'Exceptional' by Board of EducationSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi has earned the top rating of “exceptional” from the Hawaii State Board of Education in her annual job performance evaluation. Members praised the DOE's progress on a host of initiatives to improve student outcomes.
Student inspires through dance, leadership, academicshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/jacob-ly.aspxStudent inspires through dance, leadership, academicsHawaii students in both public and private schools take the ACT college-entrance exam early in the school year. A perfect score is 36. And that’s exactly what Kalani High senior Jacob Ly achieved — all while balancing a 4.0 GPA, student activities and being one of the state’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet.
Kahuku High student's photo selected for national displayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Makoa-Ho.aspxKahuku High student's photo selected for national displayA spontaneous photo taken by teen Makoa Ho, a 2014 Kahuku High and Intermediate School graduate, is one of only 56 national award-winning works chosen for display at Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Department of Education Building on Sept. 19.
'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/mckinley-senior-luau.aspx'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendsStudent leaders in the Ambassadors program, who have been volunteering at nearby senior housing, find a new way to battle loneliness and depression among our kupuna.
Passion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Passion-to-help-people-fuels-Kauai-graduate's-success.aspxPassion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successKapaa High graduate Cassidy Yatsko lives by her words of advice, “Don’t just let opportunities come to you – you should go to them or you’ll miss out on a lot of cool ways to grow as a person.”
3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PBS-SRL-cohort.aspx3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyGiel Marie Tolentino and Zoe Whitney, both grade 11 from Maui High, and John Fabella, grade 8 from Maui Waena Intermediate, are among 18 students selected from around the country for the first Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.
How did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Uradomo.aspxHow did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.The Kula violinist who just graduated from King Kekaulike High is the only student from Hawaii selected to join the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The prestigious musical program embarks on a nine-city tour in July with several stops in China.
1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peoplehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/aalii.aspx1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peopleʻAʻaliʻikumakani Dukelow, a 2015 graduate of Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Kekaulike on Maui, earns a $2,500 scholarship and summer learning and cultural exchange in Washington, D.C., with his winning essay about cultivating taro.
Campbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/campbell-samsung.aspxCampbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalsJCHS is one of 15 public schools named national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which aims to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. They've won a $35,000 technology grant, and will present their project to a live panel of judges on March 18 in New York City. If named to the Top 5, they'll win a $120,000 grant.
Spotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Farrington-High.aspxSpotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'Taking a closer look at some of the standout schools in the 2015 College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, which looks at the performance of the Class of 2014 across a variety of key measurements, including proficiency, graduation, college-going and dual enrollment rates. Here we profile Farrington High School.
New Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, communityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/New-Kahuku-HI-principal-dedicated-to-academics,-community.aspxNew Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, communityOahu-born Pauline Masaniai has lived in South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Utah. Yet decades ago, she chose the Koolauloa community to permanently reside, raise her family, and equip students for bright futures and the best career opportunities. She will have her best opportunity yet to fulfill this by taking the helm at Kahuku High and Intermediate.
Q&A with 2013 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/QA-with-2013-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxQ&A with 2013 State Teacher of the YearKaren Kutsunai, a Kailua Intermediate teacher, was named Hawaii’s 2013 State Teacher of the Year on October 26.
Common curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/standards-vs-curriculum.aspxCommon curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachThe author is Alyson Doherty, teacher at Stevenson Middle School. It was written to help dispel confusion between Common Core standards (goals for student learning) and curricular resources, which are aligned with standards and made available to support teachers. It originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Student-cites-2-educators-in-her-triumph.aspx'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studentTwo educators at Washington Middle and Kaimuki High made all the difference for Jowana Lobendahn, whose life was marked by violence and despair. She leapt at the opportunity to thank them for giving her the spark to turn her life around.
Thank your favorite teacher with #ThankATeacherHIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/thankateacher2014.aspxThank your favorite teacher with #ThankATeacherHIFor National Teacher Day (May 6) and National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9), we encourage everyone to broadcast their love and admiration for the teachers who impacted their lives. Tag your social posts with #ThankATeacherHI.
Want better schools? Better standards are the first step.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ccteachers.aspxWant better schools? Better standards are the first step.This piece about new standards and assessments in Hawaii's public schools was written by teachers Yuuko Arikawa (Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award Winner), Mary Carlson (Kapaa High School) and Gwen Lee (Niu Valley Middle School). A new assessment, aligned with Hawaii Common Core, is rolling out this spring.
Chad Miller named Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Chad-Miller-named-Hawaii’s-2012-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxChad Miller named Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the YearChad Miller, an English language arts teacher at Kailua High School, is Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the Year. Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Board of Education Chairman Don Horner, and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi made the announcement this afternoon during a ceremony honoring seven District Teachers of the Year at Washington Place.
The Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken Educatorhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Michelle-Kay.aspxThe Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken EducatorCapturing the moment when a teacher is honored with the prestigious Milken Educator Award is all part of the fun. Michelle Kay, a Kalakaua Middle science teacher, won the national award for outstanding excellence in education and a $25,000 cash prize.
Arts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu Museumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/museum-day.aspxArts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu MuseumWhen the Department offered “A Day at the Museum,” a professional development course on integrating art with Hawaii Common Core standards, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno jumped at the chance to participate. He wasn’t the only one — about 50 teachers spent a day rotating through different sessions with staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
STEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/STEM-Night-MMS.aspxSTEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle SchoolParents and their children flock to a growing event at Mililani Middle School dedicated to hands-on learning for STEM.
'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/momi-stem.aspx'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
At Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/SBpreview.aspxAt Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testThe Smarter Balanced assessment, aligned with our higher learning standards, debuts this spring. At Lanakila Elementary, teachers and staff organized a parent night to help families see what their children will be doing.
What Malama Honua looks like at the school levelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Lunalilo-Malama-Honua.aspxWhat Malama Honua looks like at the school levelLunalilo Elementary aligned its project-based curriculum, cultural education and community outreach to the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson: “I know that if we have 10,000 Lunalilos, the voyage is worth it.”
Strive HI — January 2015http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/Jan-2015.aspxStrive HI — January 2015Roundup of news from the public school system. Stories include parent letter sent home to explain new standards and assessments, Hawaii has a National Teacher of the Year finalist, Momilani El students get STEAMed during winter break, the 2014 Year in Review, Chad Farias named to Kau-Keaau-Pahoa leadership post and more.
Strive HI — November 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/November-2014.aspxStrive HI — November 2014Achievement news from around our schools and districts. Stories in this edition include: 2015 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year named, and district teachers honored; enrollment count rises in most grades, mental health initiatives funded, new leader of facilities office, schools respond to the Puna lava flow.
Parents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-Quality-Survey.aspxParents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 17, 2017. All responses will remain anonymous.
Two teachers awarded education 'Oscars'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Milken-Awards.aspxTwo teachers awarded education 'Oscars'Third grade teacher Masaru Uchino from Momilani Elementary and fourth grade teacher Kelly Sutcliffe from Jefferson Elementary became the latest recipients of the coveted Milken Educator Award. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," the award honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
Maunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and Kapoleihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Astronomers-at-Nanakuli-and-Kapolei.aspxMaunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and KapoleiStudents from Nanakuli High School and Kapolei High School have been awarded Maunakea Observatories telescope time. The winning proposals were selected based on technical viability, creativity, and scientific merit.
Kaʻala Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Milken-TOP.aspxKaʻala Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of HawaiiIn only her third semester of teaching, Kaʻala Elementary fourth grade teacher Kaitlyn Huff was honored as the state winner of the prestigious Teacher of Promise Award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii. The award annually recognizes a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during their first four semesters in the classroom.
Hundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership Dayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lanakila-Leadership-Day.aspxHundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership DayMore than 400 students from pre-school through fifth grade showcased projects they have been working on throughout the year at Lanakila El's first Leadership Day. The festivities included student performances, interactive presentations, a wax museum, and more.
Congratulations, Class of 2017!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2017-graduation-ceremonies.aspxCongratulations, Class of 2017!Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated from our schools this year. Across the Islands, graduates were showered with love and suffocated with lei from friends and family. Enjoy this video roundup of the celebrations.
Program gets beginning teachers ready for the school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BTSA.aspxProgram gets beginning teachers ready for the school yearAlmost 13,000 teachers are heading back to school today, a week ahead of students. For first-time teachers this can be a nerve-racking moment, which is why the Beginning Teacher Summer Academy has become a critical program to help them get started.
School Every Day is life changinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystem/Pages/chronic-absence.aspxSchool Every Day is life changingDid you know that one of the strongest predictors of student success or failure is, on the surface, one that seems easy to do? Chronic Absenteeism — missing 15 or more days in a school year, just two or three days a month — leads to a host of academic ailments. Here's how you can help.
Teaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-Ready/Pages/HourofCode.aspxTeaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futureFor Hour of Code week, Momilani Elementary School teacher and Code.org affiliate, Shane Asselstine wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "The evolution of technology is inevitable and will only become further integrated in our home and work life. By teaching literacy in computer science and technology to our keiki now, we are preparing them for the future and careers that don’t yet exist."
2015 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-Year-in-Review.aspx2015 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2015 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Resolving differences means working with people, not just platformshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/social-media.aspxResolving differences means working with people, not just platformsLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
Keaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Shuttle-Reconstruction.aspxKeaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionAfter overcoming adversity, the Keaau High School Cougars are soaring to new heights with a reconstruction of a space shuttle replica, which will be unveiled to the public on Jan. 28, 2016 at 4 p.m. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Challenger mission and will honor NASA astronaut, hero, and Big Island native Ellison Onizuka.
Leadership mattershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/NPM-2017.aspxLeadership mattersThe key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. This is the motto of National Principals Month, celebrated every October to help shine a light on this crucial leader. Here, we do a deeper dive on the principal’s role with some of our award-winning principals and Hope Street Group teachers to get their insight on what effective leadership of a school looks like.
Ewa Makai Middle School’s Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-TOY.aspxEwa Makai Middle School’s Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the YearEwa Makai Middle School teacher Vanessa Ching was named the 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year. The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education. Ching was among seven District Teachers of the Year and one Charter School Teacher of the Year recognized.
Using math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/3D-modeling.aspxUsing math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkMath teacher Minna Chanhboury at Kalakaua Middle is using the STEM Pre-Academy’s 3D modeling resources to create an engaging performance task for her 6th grade math students — understanding the net of common household boxes.
Teaching students how to mend our Island Earth http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Malama-Honua-in-Kailua.aspxTeaching students how to mend our Island Earth As the Polynesian voyaging canoes Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia continue their journey around the world, here's how one teacher is incorporating "​​Mālama Honua," the mission of the voyage, in her classroom.
New online tool provides greater insight on department progresshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan-Dynamic-Report.aspxNew online tool provides greater insight on department progressIn an effort to make performance data easily available to the public, HIDOE today announced the launch of its Strategic Plan Dynamic Report at the BOE meeting. The new online resource allows the public to view data across performance indicators identified in the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.
Mililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/MililaniSTEMCamp.aspxMililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakMililani High School students become teachers during Fall Break to instruct elementary school students on robotics and STEM.
Mentoring of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performancehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/New-Teacher-IM.aspxMentoring of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performanceThe Department is making strides in improving teacher turnover with the implementation of induction and mentoring for all new teachers. HIDOE educational specialist, Keri Shimomoto, discusses what's being done to address this issue facing school systems nationwide in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
'All students are our kuleana'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/AEW2015.aspx'All students are our kuleana'For American Education Week, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It is up to all of us — the DOE, our schools, parents and our community — to put forth our best efforts to empower our students to reach their highest dreams."
August 2017 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0817.aspxAugust 2017 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawaii's public school system. In this edition: The Teacher Leadership Cadre takes the reins of instruction at Farrington High, Leeward high schoolers earn college credit over the summer, new teachers prepped thanks to the Beginning Teacher Summer Academy, two Hawai'i teachers join Hope Street Group's national Teacher Advisory Council, more stories.
Department rolls out more data visuals for public to viewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Department-rolls-out-more-data-visuals-for-public-to-view.aspxDepartment rolls out more data visuals for public to viewThe Hawaii State Department of Education released online data for its remaining strategic goals. The department's Strategic Plan Dynamic Report is an online resource that allows the public to view data across performance indicators identified in the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.
Making 'shift' happen at Farrington Highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/making-shift-happen.aspxMaking 'shift' happen at Farrington HighThere’s a lot of talk about empowering teachers to lead in and beyond the classroom, working with each other to boost student success. At Farrington High, administrators and teachers are two years into a focused effort to make teacher leadership a reality. As the administrators loosened the reins, trust has increased and, with that, a greater willingness among teachers to team up and take risks.
New SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/InductionAndMentoring/Pages/SPED-Mentor-Program.aspxNew SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring programMarigolds are one of the best plants for companion planting – helping to chase away certain pests and improve flavor and growth of other plants like carrots, cabbage and cantaloupes. In teaching, these companion plants take the form of mentors like Tracy Muranaka-Ng who help nurture up and coming teachers.
Cultivating the next generation of astronomershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Next-generation-astronomers.aspxCultivating the next generation of astronomersStudents from Kapolei High School were selected to receive observation time at one of the world's most powerful telescopes for their scientific research, thanks to the new Maunakea Scholars program. The program grew from a discussion about leveraging educational and community partnerships to infuse schools with opportunity.
Nurturing a lifelong passion for arthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Larry-Taguba.aspxNurturing a lifelong passion for artWith 51 student works earning awards in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program, and nine medaling at the national level, all eyes are on Leilehua High's art department and its head, 38-year fine arts teacher Larry Taguba. "Winning is not the goal, but improvement is."
2017 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2017.aspx2017 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2017 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
January 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0118.aspxJanuary 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Mentoring new special education teachers, 2017 Year in Review, Waipahu High student first to earn AA before diploma, Keaukaha Elementary's engaging literacy approach, working more local food into school meals, more stories.
September 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0917.aspxSeptember 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: The Beginning Teacher Summer Academy helps connect new teachers with training and resources they need to run their classrooms, profile of the Teacher Leadership Cadre at Farrington High, and it's Attendance Awareness Month!
More Hawaii teachers obtain certificationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-Hawaii-teachers-obtain-certification.aspxMore Hawaii teachers obtain certificationTeachers were honored this afternoon for earning or renewing their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Educators who earn this certification have demonstrated that they meet the highest standards for teaching.
February 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0218.aspxFebruary 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: King Kekaulike High goes all-in with interventions and co-teaching with promising results for student outcomes, Mililani High selected as next Farm to School site, more Hawai'i teachers earn National Board Certification, and many more stories.
College and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt Highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/roosevelt-college-career-fair-18.aspxCollege and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt HighStudents belonging to Roosevelt High's College & Career Committee wanted to host a fair on campus in which the whole school would participate. The event held today included representatives from nearly 40 local colleges and organizations, and nearly 100 speakers who provided career insights and advice.
Ken Kakesako named a Milken Teacher of Promisehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ken-Kakesako-Milken.aspxKen Kakesako named a Milken Teacher of PromiseThe Stevenson Middle School science educator earned the prestigious award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii. He has launched after-school STEM and wrestling programs, raised money to support them, and "exemplifies aloha."

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