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Educator Effectiveness Systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/EducatorEffectivenessSystemEducator Effectiveness SystemThe Educator Effectiveness System (EES) is a comprehensive evaluation system that sets clear expectations for effective teaching, provides educators with quality feedback and support to improve their effectiveness with students, and informs professional development.
Graduation Requirementshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/GraduationRequirementsGraduation RequirementsAcademic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition, with information about the Personal Transition Plan that is required of all students.
Connect to Careers — C2Chttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/C2CConnect to Careers — C2CC2C is an industry-led coalition for Hawai‘i's economic future to collaboratively prepare students for success in high-skill, in-demand careers at both state and regional levels. It is a business-led effort with aligned K-16 curriculum and opportunities that will be tracked for effectiveness via data and industry feedback. Partners include employers, state educational systems, funders, and workforce and economic development agencies.
Strategic Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlanStrategic PlanThe governing document for the public education system in Hawai‘i provides a common foundation of expectations and supports for public education, centering on closing the achievement gap to ensure equity and excellence for each student. An Implementation Plan is now available for review. This joint project of the Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) covers the years 2017-2020.
Contests & Enrichmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/ContestsContests & EnrichmentFind programs, contests and other free opportunities available to Hawaii's public schools and students — write an essay, compose a song, paint a masterpiece or take a picture. Contact us for information on the current list or how your organization can participate.
Adult Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/AdultEducationAdult EducationThe Adult Education Program offers a variety of courses for adult learners including basic education, English literacy and civics. It also offers degrees including the GED and Competency-Based Diploma. The adult schools also coordinate the Department's substitute teacher course.
High Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/HighSchoolHigh SchoolApproaching graduation, emphasis is placed on ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and career. Counselors are there to guide students with college prep and guidance. Opportunities in extracurricular activites, Learning Centers, student organizations and others greatly expand involvement.
An Expectation of Collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/ExpectationAn Expectation of CollegeThe public school system in Hawaii is charged with preparing our students for life. Life, increasingly, requires knowledge and skill sets that can best be achieved through a post-secondary education — from 2-year job certification to doctoral programs. Our Strategic Plan directs that more students be ready for and enroll in college. This page offers an overview of initiatives and results aligned with that effort.
Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/MiddleSchoolMiddle SchoolWhat the average middle school student and their parents can expect: A continuation of the eduational pipeline, expanded testing designed to identify post-school skills and aspirations, more student life opportunities.
Online Learning Toolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForStudents/OnlineLearningToolsOnline Learning ToolsThe Department recognizes the need and supports distance- and online-learning opportunities for its students through online charter schools, student support programs such as E-School, and partnership programs with state community colleges and universities.
Virtual Learning Networkhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducationInnovation/VirtualLearningNetworkVirtual Learning NetworkUnder HVLN, students take online courses via the E-School Program, educators enroll in online professional development courses via Project Inspire, and schools receive technology integration and consultative services and video conferencing support.
Induction and Mentoringhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/InductionAndMentoringInduction and MentoringTeachers are the single most important factor in determining student success. If we expect all students to succeed, it is imperative that we accelerate our efforts to ensure every student has a highly skilled teacher. Creating rigorous induction programs that help beginning teachers quickly become as effective as experienced teachers is one of our greatest opportunities for positive change in education today.
Malama Honuahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/MHMalama HonuaMālama Honua is the Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian sailing canoe Hōkūle‘a, with a mission to spread learning grounded in culture and sustainability. It is a journey of transformation and self-discovery that aims to inspire communities everywhere to rethink and engage. The Hōkūle‘a returned to Honolulu after sailing 60,000 nautical miles. While this worldwide voyage has ended, the Educational Wa‘a sail on.
Dual credit programshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/DualCreditDual credit programsDual Credit allows Hawaii DOE high school students to take classes that satisfy requirements for both a Hawaii high school diploma and a University of Hawaii degree. Nine UH campuses are participating. Students attending other college institutions should check whether the credits can transfer. The two most common programs are Early College and Running Start.
Online Learning Toolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducationInnovation/OnlineLearningToolsOnline Learning ToolsThe Department recognizes the need and supports distance- and online-learning opportunities for its students through online charter schools, student support programs such as E-School, and partnership programs with state community colleges and universities.
Future Ready Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-ReadyFuture Ready LearningTeaching and learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom and the structure of a bell schedule. With the right tools, supports and professional practice, teachers will engage more students in blended learning environments and prepare them for a future of college, career and community readiness.
Other Assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/OAOther AssessmentsStatewide assessments include End-of-Course exams in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, and U.S. History; the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) in Science, and the HSA-Alt. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is taken every two years by a sample of students in grades 4 and 8, in reading and math, along with other subjects.
Advanced Placementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/AdvancedPlacementAdvanced PlacementStudents may receive college credit if they receive a score of 3 or more on the AP exam taken in May. Students may take an AP exam without enrolling in an AP course; most high schools offer an array of these courses. AP exams are optional.
Financial Literacyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/FinLitFinancial LiteracyFinancial literacy is the capacity, based on knowledge, skills and access, to manage financial resources effectively. To develop this capacity, individuals must have appropriate access to and understanding of financial products, services, and concepts.
Kindergartenhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/KindergartenKindergartenKindergarten provides young students with positive experiences that are important in establishing the foundation for future school attitudes and success. Kindergarten is mandatory in the state of Hawaii.
Elementary Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/ElementarySchoolElementary SchoolAs students move through grades 1-6, teachers observe their academic, social and emotional development and apply supports as needed. Assessments begin in grade 3.
How to Enrollhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/HowToEnrollHow to EnrollStudents enrolling in our public schools must have documentation proving they are residents of the state, their health records and, if necessary, documents from their previous school and other legal documents. Resources and opt-outs exist for students in exceptional circumstances. The necessary information is detailed here.
Early Childhoodhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/EarlyChildhoodEarly ChildhoodEarly Childhood Education includes programs and services for children from birth through age 8. The Department offers direct services to all children in grades K-3 and for 3- and 4-year-olds in special education. Limited pre-k programming is available for the 2015-16 school year; click link below to connect with our Early Learning page.
Gifted and Talentedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/GiftedandTalentedGifted and TalentedThe Gifted and Talented Program develops statewide policies and research-based standards, provides leadership, technical assistance and monitoring guidelines for quality gifted and talented education for the state. With available resources, each school designs programs to serve the needs of identified gifted/talented students; these differentiated programs include enrichment activities, acceleration and/or honors classes.
Summer Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SummerSchoolSummer SchoolSupplementary instruction during the summer months for students who need it or those interested in accelerating their coursework. The list of summer school participants is updated regularly, please check for updates.
English Language Learnershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/EnglishLanguageLearnersEnglish Language LearnersStudents with limited English language proficiency require support and targeted instruction. The Department provides these students with supplementary instructional and acculturation activities.
Personalized Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/PersonalizedLearningPersonalized LearningSchools use the Comprehensive Student Support System to provide proactive, positive, customized and timely interventions, services and support — compassionately — so all students will succeed to their greatest potential.
School Scheduleshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/schedulesSchool SchedulesBy law, Hawaii's public schools must meet minimum student hours, which is defined as time spent during the full school day in alignment with the state's General Learner Outcomes.
Artshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/ArtsArtsArts programs at our public schools teach students to see and understand the world around them, and interpret that understanding through their own unique lens. Students develop visually literate and aesthetically sensitive skills.
STEMhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/StemSTEMSTEM education integrates the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using scientific inquiry and engineering design as unifying processes. STEM emphasizes innovation and the development of problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Emphasizing arts creates engaging new pathways for learning.

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