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HIDOE awarded nearly $50 million in five-year Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Striving-Readers-Comprehensive-Literacy-Grant .aspxHIDOE awarded nearly $50 million in five-year Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy GrantThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) was awarded $49,839,514 through a five-year federal grant aimed at supporting language and literacy development growth in Hawaii public schools.
Hawai‘i DOE submits request to US Department of Education to amend data submissionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-DOE-submits-request-to-US-Department-of-Education-to-amend-data-submission.aspxHawai‘i DOE submits request to US Department of Education to amend data submissionThe Hawaii State Department of Education has taken immediate steps to correct erroneous data that was submitted for the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection. A comprehensive version of the revised data set will be released pending guidance from the Federal level as well as verification from the third-party vendor.
HIDOE completing school roof repairs more quickly under new contracting methodhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/school-roof-repairs.aspxHIDOE completing school roof repairs more quickly under new contracting methodThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is more quickly working through backlogged roof repair projects at schools utilizing a new contracting method to expedite common repairs.
What it means to 'fix the system'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/what-it-means-to-fix-the-system.aspxWhat it means to 'fix the system'Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Amy Kunz writes about her drive to increase fiscal transparency in Hawaii's public school system. "We all want a world-class public education system. Let’s keep working — together — to give our kids, educators, staff and communities the schools they deserve." This piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Jan. 14, 2019.
HIDOE receives $1 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-DODEA-Grant.aspxHIDOE receives $1 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolsHIDOE has received a $1 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership for STEM education for K-8 students at eight military-impacted schools in the Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area over five years.
How teachers collaborate to boost student success at Hickam Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/KeithHamanaTC.aspxHow teachers collaborate to boost student success at Hickam ElementaryTake a peek into the school's Learning Team Time, or LTT, with Curriculum Coach Keith Hamana. This is the behind-the-scenes teamwork of educators to ensure all students are getting what they need to become joyful, lifelong learners on a continuous path of growth.
Future Schools Now: Superintendent Kishimoto launches modernized facilities maintenance programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Future-Schools-Now.aspxFuture Schools Now: Superintendent Kishimoto launches modernized facilities maintenance programThe initiative involves streamlining how HIDOE contracts repair services to fast-track priority projects, increasing the community’s access to project details with an online database under development, and implementing a data-driven analysis to plan for future school needs.
Statement on the outage of the Department's financial management system (FMS)http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Vendors/Pages/FMS-outage.aspxStatement on the outage of the Department's financial management system (FMS)A message from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto on the Department's system for vendor payments, which has been down since Oct. 6.
Bullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/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.
Kalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/kalihi-ala-moana-impact-fees.aspxKalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, homebuilders and residential developers in the urban corridor from Kalihi to Ala Moana will be subject to a school impact fee when applying for building permits for new residential construction.
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.
Board of Education approves new state and complex area leadership appointmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Board-of-Education-approves-new-state-and-complex-area-leadership-appointments.aspxBoard of Education approves new state and complex area leadership appointments​The Hawaii State Board of Education today approved appointments to several Hawaii State Department of Education leadership positions as recommended by Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto.
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.
Supt's Corner: May 2018http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0518.aspxSupt's Corner: May 2018The HIDOE will continue to track our college and career readiness progress annually through various indicators, some of which were discussed at our April 5 Board meeting with our Hawai‘i P-20 partners, who shared results from the Class of 2017. Here is the great news — more HIDOE students are graduating from high school on time and taking advanced coursework.
Public schools at forefront of innovationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Public-schools-at-forefront-of-innovation.aspxPublic schools at forefront of innovationSuperintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser to share the work being done with regard to the department's Strategic Plan and innovation taking place in Hawaii's public schools.
Learning code through a technology strategyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Learning-code-through-a-technology-strategy.aspxLearning code through a technology strategyBrook Conner was appointed to oversee the department's information and telecommunication systems, facilities, and services of the public school system and department-wide operations. He shares the importance of computer science education and how it impacts the work in his office.
Stevenson Middle STEM teacher Patricia Morgan awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurancehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Middle-grant.aspxStevenson Middle STEM teacher Patricia Morgan awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers InsuranceStevenson Middle School STEM teacher Patricia Morgan received a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance in a surprise award ceremony to the cheers of a school-wide student assembly. Morgan is one of five teachers nationwide, and the first ever from Hawaii, to win the generous grant from Farmers Insurance in its annual Thank America’s Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge.
Moanalua Complex schools receive grant for K-12 Korean Language Learning Program from the Republic of Koreahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Moanalua-Complex-Korean-Grant.aspxMoanalua Complex schools receive grant for K-12 Korean Language Learning Program from the Republic of KoreaMoanalua High, Moanalua Middle, Moanalua Elem. and Salt Lake Elem. were presented a generous grant of $32,000 to help continue their innovative K-12 Korean Language Learning Program for the 2017-18 school year from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu.
Pauoa Elementary: The little school that didhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/StriveHI17-Pauoa.aspxPauoa Elementary: The little school that didThis small Title I school is at the epicenter of an academic earthquake. With high achievement results in language arts, mathematics and science, and a low achievement gap between students with high-needs and their peers, more students are getting what they need to learn at the highest levels at this school. Here's what they're doing.
Former US Navy Commander tapped to lead department’s Human Resources Officehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Former-US-Navy-Commander-tapped-to-lead-department’s-Human-Resources-Office.aspxFormer US Navy Commander tapped to lead department’s Human Resources OfficeThe BOE approved the appointment of Cynthia Covell as the new Assistant Superintendent of Talent Management for HIDOE’s Office of Human Resources. Covell is a retired two star Rear Admiral with the United States Navy with more than 30 years of leadership and human resources experience.
Department announces new leadership appointmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Announces-New-Leadership-Appointments.aspxDepartment announces new leadership appointmentsHIDOE continues to fill top leadership positions with the following interim and permanent appointments: Rodney Luke, interim assistant superintendent and Clayton Kaninau, acting complex area superintendent.
Department announces appointments for top leadership positionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-announces-appointments-for-top-leadership-positions.aspxDepartment announces appointments for top leadership positions​The BOE approved the appointment of three HIDOE leadership positions as recommended by Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto - Phyllis Unebasami, deputy superintendent; David Brookshire "Brook" Conner, assistant superintendent for the Office of Information Technology Services; and Kathleen Dimino, complex area superintendent for the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area.
Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo PCS awarded $1 million School Improvement Granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sig-ka-umeke-kaeo.aspxKa 'Umeke Ka'eo PCS awarded $1 million School Improvement GrantThe Hawai'i Island public charter school will receive the funds for school years 2017-18 and 2018-19 to boost student achievement. School Improvement Grants (SIGs) are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to states to create competitive subgrants.
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.
July 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0717.aspxJuly 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Hawai‘i's ESSA Plan is approved by the Board of Education, interim leadership named, heat abatement and air conditioning update, high-quality transition centers initiative launched and named for the late Mark Takai, design unveiled for Hawai‘i DOE's first vertical school, update from interim superintendent Keith Hayashi.
Department addresses growing technology demands through IT initiativehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-IT-initiative.aspxDepartment addresses growing technology demands through IT initiativeAfter seven years of progress towards upgrading its technology infrastructure, HIDOE opened its second data center at Hoʻokele Elementary School earlier this month.
Board unanimously approves Hawaii ESSA Plan for submissionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ESSA-Plan-Submission-Approval.aspx Board unanimously approves Hawaii ESSA Plan for submissionThe Board of Education unanimously approved the submission of the Hawaii Consolidated State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act to the U.S. Department of Education. The plan serves as Hawaii’s application for federal funds, providing resources for public schools to support students in achieving equity and excellence.
Board of Education names interim education leadershiphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/interim-education-leadership.aspxBoard of Education names interim education leadershipThe Hawaii State Board of Education announced its appointment of Keith Hayashi as interim superintendent. Hayashi is currently the deputy superintendent until the end of June 30, 2017. The interim deputy superintendent during this transition period will be current senior assistant superintendent, Amy Kunz.
Education leaders formalize Maunakea Scholars programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MKMOU.aspxEducation leaders formalize Maunakea Scholars programThe collaborative agreement between the Hawaii DOE, the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, will develop more opportunities for local high school students to use Maunakea Observatories for their innovative research projects.
Board of Education selects next Superintendenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-selects-Supt.aspxBoard of Education selects next SuperintendentChristina Kishimoto, Ed.D., signed a three-year contract and will start on August 1, 2017. "I look forward to working hand in hand with Hawaii’s teachers, leaders, staff, parents, community members, and student leaders to execute on this vision of high quality college, career, and community readiness."
May 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0517.aspxMay 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: C2C launches, keeping the promise as the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkūle‘a comes to a close, opportunity to provide feedback on the state's plan for federal funding, great leaders in our schools and programs acknowledged, study ranks Hawaii 2nd nationwide for the right conditions for College & Career Readiness, more.
Superintendent Matayoshi names Keith Hayashi as interim deputyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/interim-deputy.aspxSuperintendent Matayoshi names Keith Hayashi as interim deputySchools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi today announced Keith Hayashi has accepted the offer to serve as deputy superintendent through the remainder of her term. Hayashi has served as principal at Waipahu High School since 2009.
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.
Educators take team approach to building leadership skillshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Educators-take-team-approach-to-building-leadership-skills.aspxEducators take team approach to building leadership skillsDeputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz and Teri Ushijima, who heads up HIDOE's Leadership Institute, share with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser how the Department is scaling its success through innovative programs.
Public hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala Moanahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/KalihiImpactDistrictHearings.aspxPublic hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala MoanaThe Hawaii State Department of Education will hear testimony on a proposed School Impact District spanning Kalihi to Ala Moana.
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.
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.
Waiver sought for School Improvement Grants for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SIG-2016.aspxWaiver sought for School Improvement Grants for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016School Improvement Grants (SIG) enable eligible schools to improve the quality of instruction and increase the academic achievement of students. The waiver will extend the use of funds to 2018.
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.
Waimea High Principal Mahina Anguay wins $25,000 leadership awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-tokioka-award.aspxWaimea High Principal Mahina Anguay wins $25,000 leadership awardThe Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation is given annually to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
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.
Hawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Career-Prep-Grant.aspxHawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people HIDOE has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed career readiness action plan, an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state.
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.
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."
Hayashida named Complex Area Superintendenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leila-Hayashida.aspxHayashida named Complex Area SuperintendentLeila Hayashida has been named complex area superintendent (CAS) for Central Maui. She will oversee 20 elementary, middle and high schools in the Baldwin, Kekaulike and Maui complexes.
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.
Keeping schools running behind the sceneshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FacilitiesManager.aspxKeeping schools running behind the scenesIt takes a lot of hard-working people to keep aging schools operating, including many you never see. Here we bid a fond aloha to Jeff Davis, who did whatever it took to keep schools running over a 30-year career.
Schools serve common good — we invite you to helphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/BoardOfEducation/Pages/Halagao-AEW2015.aspxSchools serve common good — we invite you to helpFor American Education Week, outgoing Board of Education member Dr. Patricia Halagao wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "In order to evoke the change that is being demanded, it will take action from everyone in the community. Whether it is testifying on issues, volunteering in a classroom, tutoring or donating to public schools, it will take us working together."
'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."
Public school principals recognized for service by Board of Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/principals.aspxPublic school principals recognized for service by Board of EducationThe Hawaii State Board of Education last night commended Hawaii public school principals and vice-principals for their education service coinciding with National Principals Month.
HIDOE receives $1.5 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DODEA-Grant.aspxHIDOE receives $1.5 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolsHIDOE has received a $1.5 million grant to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities to K-8 students at eight military-impacted schools in West Oahu over the next five years.
Hawaii Educational agencies awarded $6.6 million to improve the use of data and informationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Data-Analysis-Grant.aspxHawaii Educational agencies awarded $6.6 million to improve the use of data and informationHIDOE has received a $6.6 million four-year grant from the US Dept. of Education to increase the use of data to support college and career readiness for Hawaii's students.
Department to request School Improvement Grant waiverhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-SIG.aspxDepartment to request School Improvement Grant waiverSIG grants enable eligible schools in Hawaii to improve the quality of instruction and increase the academic achievement of students for a Strive HI Priority status school.
Leaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hookele.aspxLeaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school Ho'okele Elementary is the 256th HIDOE school and serves Kapolei. It will have an initial enrollment of about 450 with capacity for 750 students.
Hawaii's school performance system granted full approval for three yearshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/strive-hi-approval-2015.aspxHawaii's school performance system granted full approval for three yearsThe U.S. Department of Education announces the state's Strive HI system for school accountability and improvement is approved without conditions for three years. It allows flexibility from certain provisions of federal education law.
Education leadership appointments move forwardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leadership-appointments-061615.aspxEducation leadership appointments move forwardThe Department bids aloha to longtime educators Lea Albert and Valerie Takata as new leaders are appointed to key state offices and the Castle-Kahuku and Hilo-Waiakea Complex Areas.
Clyde Sonobe to lead DOE’s Information Technology Serviceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sonobe-to-lead-DOE's-Information-Technology.aspxClyde Sonobe to lead DOE’s Information Technology ServicesSonobe, who brings to the DOE technical and management experience in a wide range of areas, will lead the integration and expansion of information technology services in Hawaii's public schools and offices.
Keaau High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-tokioka-award.aspxKeaau High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership awardThe Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation is given annually to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
Boosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campuseshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Ka-Hei-Feb-2015-update.aspxBoosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campusesThis update on the Department's Ka Hei program, in partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, was penned by Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent for school facilities. It ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Feb. 8, 2015.
Strive HI Profile: Mokapu Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/strive-hi-mokapu.aspxStrive HI Profile: Mokapu ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
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.
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.
2014 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-Year-in-Review.aspx2014 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2014 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Insight: Public schools need flexibility, but be clear about what kindhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/school-flexibility.aspxInsight: Public schools need flexibility, but be clear about what kindThis op-ed, which ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, was authored by organizational partners Bill Reeves of The Learning Coalition and Terry George of The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
With effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/leader-reflect.aspxWith effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardTwo leaders of the Department joined a contingent of 27 school and community leaders who visited three school districts in North America. Reflecting on the trip, they were reinvigorated in their focus on leadership, and inspired by ground-up ownership of public education.
Dec. 2014 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Dec-2014.aspxDec. 2014 Education UpdateRoundup of stories from our public schools, teacher/school opportunities, upcoming events and Supt's Corner column. Includes upcoming Hour of Code activities in schools, Supt. Matayoshi's reflections on "ConnectED to the Future" in Washington D.C. and Hawaii's own Future Ready Learning push, and new leadership in human resources and facilities.
Video: Schools respond to Puna Lava Flowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/punalava.aspxVideo: Schools respond to Puna Lava FlowThe June 27th lava flow — named for the day it began erupting from a vent on Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater — moved steadily northeast through forests toward populated areas. By late summer, U.S. Geological Survey updates made it clear that lower Puna, including Pahoa town, could be impacted. Video provides snapshots of how schools, staff and students adapted during a state of emergency.
Strive HI Profile: Noelani Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Noelani.aspxStrive HI Profile: Noelani ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Helemano.aspxStrive HI Profile: Helemano ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Barbara Krieg appointed to Department of Education posthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Barbara-Krieg-appointed-to-Department-of-Education-post.aspxBarbara Krieg appointed to Department of Education postKrieg brings to the DOE a wealth of managerial and legal expertise gained in the public and private sectors, along with a track record of modernizing the delivery of personnel services.
Board rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Supt-Eval-2014.aspxBoard rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014Board of Education notes Kathryn Matayoshi "continues to perform well by increasing departmental transparency, accountability and executing our joint strategic plan initiatives."
Proposed DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technologyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FB-2015-17.aspxProposed DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technologyInvestments in strategic reforms and school-level funding remain priority areas to support educators and accelerate student achievement.
15 public schools earn $230,000 for high achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2013-14-Strive-HI-Recognition-Schools.aspx15 public schools earn $230,000 for high achievementSchools that earned the "Recognition" status in the Strive HI Performance System represent the top five percent of schools in the state.
Sept. 2014 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Sept--2014-Education-Update.aspxSept. 2014 Education UpdateStories include Hawaii's chronic absenteeism plummeting 39%, Superintendent's takeaways on the Strive HI System results, leadership during Hurricane Iselle, opportunities for teachers and schools.
Strive HI — Aug. 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/August-2014.aspxStrive HI — Aug. 2014Roundup of news stories from around Hawaii's public schools: Strive HI Performance System results, teacher effectiveness ratings released, Year 1 results of the Access Learning pilot, rewarding data champions, new student member of the BOE welcomed.
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.
Hawaii State Board of Education welcomes new student memberhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Danson-Honda.aspxHawaii State Board of Education welcomes new student memberThe Board welcomes Danson Honda, incoming senior at Pearl City High School, as its student representative for the 2014-15 school year.
The Department recognizes, rewards data championshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Data-Champs.aspxThe Department recognizes, rewards data championsSelect educators who have demonstrated leadership in data usage toward student and staff success earn $5,000 to bolster their efforts.
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.
Hawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/RTTT-Year-3.aspxHawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for its efforts in implementing key reforms such as the Educator Effectiveness System, professional development on the Hawaii Common Core and work to support its most needy schools. This comes with the Year 3 Race to the Top (RTTT) report released this evening.
2013 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2013-Year-in-Review.aspx2013 Year in ReviewThe end of a tremendous year is upon us. Over the past 12 months, we have made extraordinary progress in our efforts to transform Hawaii’s public school system.
Sept. 2013 Strive HI Enewshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/Sept--17-Strive-HI-Enews.aspxSept. 2013 Strive HI EnewsIn this issue: Top-performing schools awarded $1 million in Strive HI Awards, Supt. Matayoshi receives top rating by Hawaii's Board of Education, applicants sought for 2014 spelling bee, Polynesian Voyaging Society extends ports of call through the Islands, military volunteers recognized.
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.
STEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/STEM-carts-donation-to-boost-Hawaii's-Race-to-the-Top-initiatives---.aspxSTEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativesThe Department has received a $50,000 donation to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi announced.
Sheena Alaiasa's string of successes continueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Sheena-Alaiasa.aspxSheena Alaiasa's string of successes continuesSheena Alaiasa is having a year to remember. In the spring, her school, Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School, was named a Department of Education Strive HI winner for making one of the biggest turnarounds in recent years.
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.
Race to the Top 'high risk' status partially removedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Race-to-the-Top-'high-risk'-status-partially-removed.aspxRace to the Top 'high risk' status partially removedHONOLULU - The Department is off of Race to the Top (RTTT) “high-risk” status for its work on standards, assessments, and data system development and use.
Department awards $1 million in Strive HI grantshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-awards-$1-million-in-'Strive-HI'-grants-to-32-schools.aspxDepartment awards $1 million in Strive HI grantsHONOLULU - The Department today honored 32 schools for extraordinary achievements at the first annual Strive HI Awards ceremony. The awards ranging from $12,500 to $100,000 recognize schools for significant academic progress for two consecutive years and represent a one-time grant to further improvement efforts.
Department to request waiver for School Improvement Granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-DOE-to-request-waiver-for-FY-2012-SIG-Grant.aspxDepartment to request waiver for School Improvement GrantThe Department intends to request a waiver to Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b) to extend the period of availability of school fiscal year 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds for the State Education Agency and all of its complexes to September 30, 2016.
Hale Kula breaks ground on historic improvementshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hale-Kula-Elementary-School-Breaks-Ground-on-Historic-Improvements.aspxHale Kula breaks ground on historic improvementsHONOLULU – Hale Kula Elementary, a Department school located on the U.S. Army’s Wheeler/Schofield Barracks property, broke ground today for the first upgrades in the campus’ 53-year history.
Guidelines set for third-person promotions in schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Guidelines-set-for-third-person-materials-in-schools.aspxGuidelines set for third-person promotions in schoolsHONOLULU – The growing number of promotional brochures and flyers being issued and distributed on public school campuses has prompted a new set of guidelines by the Department.
Hawaii teachers ratify historic agreementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Teachers-Ratify-Historic-Agreement.aspxHawaii teachers ratify historic agreementHONOLULU – Hawaii’s public school teachers last night ratified a progressive contract that ties tenure and all pay increases to annual performance evaluations and professional development. The contract provides teachers with preparation time and necessary supports to achieve success.
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.

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