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Welcome back! from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/2016-17-welcome-back.aspxWelcome back! from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiAs school year 2016-17 gets under way, this letter is being sent home to parents and families with information about the Strategic Plan review and extension, which will help HIDOE build upon successes in schools and identify innovative solutions to support a high quality education for all students.
Community partnerships with public schools thriving in Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Community-Partnerships-Thrive.aspxCommunity partnerships with public schools thriving in HawaiiIn caring for our children, many have heard the saying, “It takes a village.” That saying holds true in public education, where community partners support Hawaii’s commitment to developing young minds through grants and projects that enrich the learning environment.
School's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/CAS-Farias-Kilauea-eruption.aspxSchool's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continuesComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this piece about the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea and preparing for the upcoming school year. It ran in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today.
Hawaii a model for rest of the countryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-a-model-for-rest-of-the-country.aspxHawaii a model for rest of the countryU.S. Department of Education monitoring report praises progress in Hawaii's public school system, from the implementation of high academic standards to supports provided to educators and students.
Improved Educator Effectiveness System praisedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Improved-Educator-Effectiveness-System-Praised.aspxImproved Educator Effectiveness System praisedChanges made to improve the Educator Effectiveness System based on teacher feedback helps increase understanding of the supports in place to help them advance their practice, according to a survey.
Educator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator-Effectiveness-System-survey-gathers-teacher-feedback.aspxEducator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackThe survey gathered teacher feedback on their experiences and opinions regarding the Educator Effectiveness System to help better understand its strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Strive HI System replaces parts of NCLBhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-Performance-System-replaces-components-of-federal-NCLB-requirements.aspxStrive HI System replaces parts of NCLB​​​​The Department is pleased to announce it has received federal approval for the Strive HI Performance System, designed to ensure all students graduate college- and career-ready. The new school accountability and improvement system granted by the U.S. Department of Education replaces many requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with multiple measures of success to meet the needs of Hawaii’s students, educators and schools.
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.
Three Hawaii schools to spend next two years working with celebrity artistshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Turnaround-Arts-Hawaii.aspxThree Hawaii schools to spend next two years working with celebrity artistsCelebrity artists Alfre Woodard, Jack Johnson and Jake Shimabukuro helped to launch the Turnaround Arts Hawaii in musical fashion at Kalihi Kai Elementary. Each spent time with students showing them some musical skills before performing at the student assembly. Kamaile Academy and Waianae Elementary School were also selected for the presidential program.
Hawaii joins national Turnaround Arts initiativehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Turnaround-Arts.aspxHawaii joins national Turnaround Arts initiativeMusicians Jack Johnson and Jake Shimabukuru, and actress Alfre Woodard will work with Kalihi Kai Elementary, Kamaile Academy and Waianae Elementary as Turnaround Artists. The program has helped improve academic outcomes in participating schools through intensive arts education.
Department pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaiian-education-assessments.aspxDepartment pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentsHIDOE has taken another step towards advancing Hawaiian language assessments for Hawaiian immersion students. In a collaborative effort with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hawaiian language stakeholders, HIDOE is seeking federal approval for the expansion of the Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes (KAEO) to Grades 5-8.
Farrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FarringtonWSLCTE.aspxFarrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalsThe World Surf League teams up with Farrington High School students to provide mentoring and hands-on learning.
Free meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-to-expand-free-meal-program.aspxFree meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandsThis upcoming school year, HIDOE will expand a USDA free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.
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.
USDOE recognizes State's Race to the Top progresshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USDOE-Recognizes-State-Two-Year-Race-to-the-Top-Progress.aspxUSDOE recognizes State's Race to the Top progressHONOLULU - The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) today released its two-year report on the 12 Race to the Top (RTTT) grantees, which includes Hawaii. The report covers the progress made through August 2012.
Scratch-cooked student meals to feature Maui-grown pineapples in Mayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-05-Aina-Pono-local-pineapple.aspxScratch-cooked student meals to feature Maui-grown pineapples in MayThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is incorporating Maui-grown pineapples in student meals statewide as part of the ‘Aina Pono Hawai‘i State Harvest of the Month program this month. Recreate this delicious meal at home by following our Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork recipe.
Hawaii’s scores on 2015 'Nation’s Report Card' follow national drophttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-scores.aspxHawaii’s scores on 2015 'Nation’s Report Card' follow national dropThe National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its 2015 results Wednesday showing a national decline in scores. Hawaii’s results followed the same pattern. Hawaii maintains above-average scoring over the past ten years, however, in both math and reading.
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.
Hawaii ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Schools-Internet-Connectivity.aspxHawaii ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityHawaii’s public school system is the top ranked school district in K-12 broadband connectivity according to the 2016 State of the States annual report released by Education Superhighway, an advocacy group dedicated to upgrading Internet infrastructure in K-12 public schools.
Student meals feature another local food sourcehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-01-Aina-Pono-local-banana.aspxStudent meals feature another local food sourceThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues its efforts to include local agriculture in student meals through its ‘Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program. This month, fresh bananas will be served in a Banana Pie or a Banana Crumble at all public school cafeterias.
Chronic Absenteeism in Hawaii's public schools plummets 39 percenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-2013-14.aspxChronic Absenteeism in Hawaii's public schools plummets 39 percentReducing chronic absenteeism is a strong predictor of academic success. Science proficiency also rose to 40 percent from 34 percent. As public schools transition to new standards and an aligned assessment, new baseline scores for reading and math proficiency are being set.
Futuristic design grows out of need for savingshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/Futuristic-design.aspxFuturistic design grows out of need for savingsThe Department of Education is testing a new portable building design in hopes of giving students and teachers more creative and flexible space while saving money on utility bills.
Arne Duncan praises Hawaii's education leadershiphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Secretary-Duncan-visit.aspxArne Duncan praises Hawaii's education leadershipHONOLULU – Hawaii’s public schools can be a model for the nation, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who visited two schools on March 31 before returning to Washington, D.C. Sec. Duncan, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Schools Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi spoke with media in reflecting on the progress made during the last three years based on the Race to the Top (RTTT) federal education reform grant.
Board of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/COW-IX.aspxBoard of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners The unanimous support of recommendations by the ninth Committee on Weights "sends a clear message that all students deserve necessary resources to excel in school.”
Hawaii schools make notable improvements in annual Strive HI performance system updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI.aspxHawaii schools make notable improvements in annual Strive HI performance system update2015-16 Strive HI Performance System results show progress in Statewide averages in several key metrics including: a three point increase in the number of schools meeting English Language Arts/Literacy standards, a one point increase meeting Mathematics standards and a two point increase meeting Science proficiency.
Hawaii fourth-graders outperform nation in mathematics, 2013 'Nation’s Report Card' showshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2013-NAEP.aspxHawaii fourth-graders outperform nation in mathematics, 2013 'Nation’s Report Card' showsHawaii’s fourth- and eighth-graders continue to progress in mathematics and reading; and for the first time, the state’s fourth graders have scored above the national average in math. This is according to the “The Nation’s Report Card” released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) spring 2013 state-by-state results.
Results of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwayshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced.aspxResults of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwaysIn its second year of administering a new, more rigorous testing standard, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. An historic assessment baseline is set for Hawaiian immersion students.
E Ola Pono winners cultivate positive school culturehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/E-Ola-Pono-2018.aspxE Ola Pono winners cultivate positive school cultureThe 11th annual E Ola Pono campaign honors student- and teacher-led support programs that foster and promote belonging, care for each other and the environment, and positive school culture. Eight schools earned recognition and monetary awards.
Joint team from South Korea and USA takes top prize at 8th e-ICON World Contesthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/8th-e-ICON-winners.aspxJoint team from South Korea and USA takes top prize at 8th e-ICON World ContestA joint South Korea-USA team takes top prize at 8th e-ICON World Contest for the development of a brilliant augmented reality app.The e-ICON contest brought teams together from all over the world to participate, challenging students to create educational mobile apps as tools to achieve United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Teacher fellows program to advance public educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-teacher-fellows-program-to-advance-public-education.aspxTeacher fellows program to advance public educationOutstanding teacher fellows will voice teacher input on the Hawaii Common Core and implementation of other key initiatives meant to elevate the teaching profession and increase student achievement.

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