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Working with Facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Vendors/WorkingWithFacilitiesWorking with FacilitiesInformation about the Department's procurement process, working with the Hawaii Electronic Procurement System (HePS), development fees and more. Please contact the Office of School Facilities and Support Services with any questions relating to procurement and development.
Missionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/MissionMissionWe serve our community by developing the academic achievement, character and social-emotional well-being of our students to the fullest potential. We work with partners, families and communities to ensure that all students reach their aspirations, from early learning through college, career and citizenship.
Our Schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OurSchoolsOur SchoolsThe teachers, leaders and support staff at Hawaii’s public schools provide a rigorous standards-based education in the K-12 pipeline that is supported by various programs designed to create success for each student, and increase college and career readiness. Greater detail about these programs can be found under Teaching & Learning, Beyond the Classroom and Parents & Students. The school system is organized into 15 Complex Areas.
School Facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilitiesSchool FacilitiesWith 256 schools that were built, on average, 65 years ago, the Department’s repair and maintenance of school buildings and systems is in constant motion. In addition, we are engaged in a revolution of energy efficiency and sustainability in our schools that will help us meet the goals of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, while educating our keiki and reducing utility costs. Read on for our programs and partners.
Report an Issuehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/ReportAnIssueReport an IssueWe expect our staff and our schools to be held to high standards of integrity. Here, you will find information about how to report concerns relating to civil rights, fraud or unethical behavior.
Leadership Profiles and Staffhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaffLeadership Profiles and StaffThe Board of Education hires the superintendent as the chief executive officer of the public school system and approves all leadership appointments. The superintendent appoints a deputy superintendent and six assistant superintendents to oversee curriculum, instruction, and student support; human resources; fiscal services; school facilities; and information technology services. The superintendent also appoints 15 complex area superintendents.
Board of Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/BoardOfEducationBoard of EducationThe Hawaii State Board of Education formulates policy and exercises control over the public school and library systems. There are nine Board members, a student council representative and a military liaison. The Board typically meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month (and special meetings as required) to deal with Board business, receive public testimony, and hear reports from the Superintendent and Board committees.
Offices and Brancheshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranchesOffices and BranchesThe Department’s state-level offices are responsible for curriculum management, compliance with state and federal regulations, student testing and support, data management, civil rights, education reform, military outreach and Department-wide communications. Each reports directly to either the Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent. The 15 Complex Area Superintendents report to the Deputy Superintendent.
The Department's Budgethttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/BudgetThe Department's BudgetThe Department operates Hawaii's public schools on a $1.9 billion budget comprised primarily of state funds (81 percent), as well as federal, special and trust funds. Hawaii is 17th in the nation for per-pupil spending. Learn about the Operating and Capital Improvement Projects budgets, state comparisons and more.
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.
Civil Rights Compliance Office (CRCO)http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/CRCO.aspxCivil Rights Compliance Office (CRCO)The CRCO is committed to the Hawaii State Department of Education's (HIDOE) overall compliance with Federal, State, DOE Administrative Rules, and Policy, which strictly prohibit any form of discrimination.
Strategic Plan Update: July 27, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/072716.aspxStrategic Plan Update: July 27, 2016One in a series of email updates on the Strategic Plan review and extension process. Click the subscribe link below to get these updates sent to your inbox.
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.
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.
Supporting children: Policies and resourceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/Pages/policies.aspxSupporting children: Policies and resourcesTo support and develop the academic achievement, character building and social-emotional well-being of all children, the Board of Education develops policies and the Department cultivates and curates aligned resources for students, employees and the public school system.
Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena-Complex-Area.aspxHonokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex AreaA list of schools in the Honokaa, Kealakehe, Kohala and Konawaena complexes (Hawaii District).
Complex Area Superintendentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Complex-Area-Superintendents.aspxComplex Area SuperintendentsLearn more about the Department's top leadership at our 15 Complex Areas. Each Complex Area is comprised of two to four school complexes, consisting of a high school and the elementary and middle/intermediate schools that feed into it.
Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui-Complex-Area.aspxBaldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex AreaA list of schools in the Baldwin, Kekaulike and Maui complexes (Maui District).
Campbell-Kapolei Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Campbell-Kapolei.aspxCampbell-Kapolei Complex AreaAll schools in the Campbell and Kapolei complexes (Leeward District.)
Castle-Kahuku Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Castle-Kahuku-Complex-Area.aspxCastle-Kahuku Complex AreaA list of schools in the Castle and Kahuku complexes (Windward District).
Complex Area directoryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Complex-Area-directory.aspxComplex Area directoryAll Department schools are rolled into what's known as a Complex: A high school and the elementary and middle schools that feed into it. Anywhere from two to four Complexes are grouped into a Complex Area, which has its own Complex Area Superintendent (CAS) and support staff. The CAS reports to the Deputy Superintendent in the state office.
Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani.aspxFarrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex AreaA list of schools belonging to the Farrington, Kaiser and Kalani Complex Areas in the Honolulu District, with links to more information about events with the Honolulu District STEM Initiative.
Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai-Complex-Area.aspxHana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex AreaA list of schools in the Hana, Lahainaluna, Lanai and Molokai complexes (Maui District). It's known as the Canoe Complex as it's the only district covering schools located on three islands.
Hilo-Waiakea Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Hilo-Waiakea-Complex-Area.aspxHilo-Waiakea Complex AreaA list of schools in the Hilo and Waiakea complexes (Hawaii District).
Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Kailua-Kalaheo-Complex-Area.aspxKailua-Kalaheo Complex AreaList of all schools in the Kailua and Kalaheo complexes (Windward District).
Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt.aspxKaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex AreaLinks to schools belonging to the Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area in the Honolulu District, plus key events and resources associated with the district. The Honolulu District also comprises the Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area.
Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea-Complex-Area.aspxKapaa-Kauai-Waimea Complex AreaLinks to schools in the Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea complexes (Kauai District), and district-level resources for the community.
Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Kau-Keaau-Pahoa-Complex-Area.aspxKau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex AreaA list of schools in the Kau, Keaau and Pahoa complexes (Hawaii District).
Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua.aspxLeilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex AreaA list of schools in the Leilehua, Mililani and Waialua complexes (Central District).
Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Nanakuli-Waianae-Complex-Area.aspxNanakuli-Waianae Complex AreaList of schools in the Nanakuli and Waianae complexes (Leeward District).
Heat abatement program at public schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/Heat-Abatement.aspxHeat abatement program at public schoolsThe Department's heat abatement effort prioritizes schools that require cooling strategies, which may include air conditioning. We work with the Legislature to fast-track the schools that need relief most.
Use of school facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/Use-of-school-facilities.aspxUse of school facilitiesHawaii’s public school facilities shall be made available for public use as long as the requested activities do not interfere with normal school operations. Use of facilities is governed by Chapter 39, Hawaii Administrative Rules. Please use that as a formal guide; information below is provided as an overview.
Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Aiea-Moanalua-Radford.aspxAiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex AreaAll schools in the Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area (Central District).
School Community Council: History and Purposehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/GetInvolved/SCCs/Pages/SCC-History-and-Purpose.aspxSchool Community Council: History and PurposeOverview of Acts 51 and 221, and the history and purpose of the SCCs.
Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Areahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Pearl-City-Waipahu-Complex-Area.aspxPearl City-Waipahu Complex AreaAll schools in the Pearl City and Waipahu complexes (Leeward District).
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."
Playground upgradeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/playgrounds.aspxPlayground upgradesThe Department is refurbishing our school playgrounds with green materials that produce cost savings, allowing us to escalate fixes while keeping the safety of our keiki at the fore.​
Internal Audit Officehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/IA-Office.aspxInternal Audit OfficeThe mission of the Department's Internal Audit Office (IA) is to provide independent, objective assurance (Note 1) and consulting (Note 2) services designed to add value and improve the Department's operations. It brings a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and contribute to the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance.
Renewable Energy Generationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/Energy-Efficiency.aspxRenewable Energy GenerationThe Department seeks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel-based energy by 90 percent by 2040, as directed by the Board of Education and passage of Act 96, SLH 2006. We have ambitious yet achievable goals to power our schools through sustainable energy generation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 Has Shown ‘Promising Growth’ in Race to the Top, USDOE Sayshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Has-Shown-‘Promising-Growth’-in-Race-to-the-Top,-USDOE-Says.aspxHawaii Has Shown ‘Promising Growth’ in Race to the Top, USDOE SaysHONOLULU - 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.
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.
Factors in building out air conditioning across the public school systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/ACCost.aspxFactors in building out air conditioning across the public school systemAs the state's cooling tradewinds continue to decline and the heat index continues to rise due to climate change, HIDOE is challenged by the need to install air conditioning at all public schools. This involves more than installing AC units — there are budget and infrastructure hurdles to overcome. And we must approach it with an eye to sustainability so we aren't adding to the problem of escalating energy use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shima named Complex Area Superintendenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maui-Complex-Area-Superintendent---Alvin-Shima.aspxShima named Complex Area SuperintendentHONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education today announced the appointment of Alvin Shima as complex area superintendent for the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui complex on the island of Maui. He had been serving as its interim complex area superintendent since March.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Leadership Institute to Focus Professional Development Effortshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/New-Leadership-Institute-to-Focus-Professional-Development-Efforts.aspxNew Leadership Institute to Focus Professional Development EffortsAs the DOE continues its strategic transformation, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) and the DOE have created a Leadership Institute under the Office of the Superintendent to manage the effort of strengthening department-wide leadership effectiveness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Innovationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/Innovations.aspxInnovationsThe Department of Education's Office of School Facilities and Support Services looks at innovate designs, technologies, and processes to improve Hawaii's schools.
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.
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.
PBS Insights: Education reform in Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/pbs-hawaii-121814.aspxPBS Insights: Education reform in HawaiiPBS Hawaii's Insights program convened a panel to discuss the last four years of public education reform. Panelists: Suzanne Mulcahy, Complex Area Superintendent for Kailua-Kalaheo; Catherine Caine, the 2015 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year; Joan Lewis, teacher at Kapolei High and Hawaii State Teachers Association vice president; and Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20.
'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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
Jan. 2015 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Jan-2015.aspxJan. 2015 Education UpdateStories from around Hawaii's public schools. In this edition: Year in Review from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi, new leadership at Kau-Keaau-Pahoa, and students impacted by the Puna lava flow get first peek at the cooled area.
May 2015 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/May-2015.aspxMay 2015 Strive HIIn this edition: Improved Educator Effectiveness System praised, Board approves price increase for school meals, KKP students and staff to returo to assigned schools, audit shows DOE internal controls provide financial accountability, Stephen Schatz named Deputy Superintendent, Keaau High's Cevallos wins $25K leadership prize, Haleiwa El's Wetzel named state's 2015 National Distinguished Principal.
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.
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."

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