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April 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0417.aspxApril 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Annual report shows college and career readiness up strongly in early college and reduced remediation, celebrating leadership at Lanakila El, Bright Spot story on the Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area's strong results, Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi writes about Month of the Military Child.
All voices welcome in shaping our education futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/All-voices-welcome-in-shaping-our-education-future.aspxAll voices welcome in shaping our education futureSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi provided an update to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the progress made in receiving community feedback for the HIDOE/BOE Strategic Plan and ESSA State Plan, as well as plans for Phase II outreach.
Librarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/slj.aspxLibrarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitiesSchool Library Journal honored two public school librarians in Hawaii this year: Michelle Colte (Hale Kula El) and Denise Sumida (Pearl Harbor El). What do they have in common? Using technology to promote literacy and community, with a focus on student support and learning.
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.
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.
Washington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxWashington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the YearWashington Middle School teacher Sung Man Park was named Hawaii's 2017 State Teacher of the Year. The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Student-centered Strategic Plan approved by Boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan-approved.aspxStudent-centered Strategic Plan approved by BoardThe Hawaii State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the update and extension of the Strategic Plan with amendments. The plan will be used to guide the Department and its schools from 2017-20 with implementation starting next year.
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.
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.
Leadership mattershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/NPM-2017.aspxLeadership mattersThe key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. This is the motto of National Principals Month, celebrated every October to help shine a light on this crucial leader. Here, we do a deeper dive on the principal’s role with some of our award-winning principals and Hope Street Group teachers to get their insight on what effective leadership of a school looks like.
September 2017 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0917.aspxSeptember 2017 InspireInspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: The Department names its employee and team of the year, principals and teachers weigh in on the importance of school leaders, JVEF celebrates education and military partnerships, Hawaii Pacific University launches virtual classroom for Honoka'a High students, and looking at the impact of School Every Day.
Strive HI reports show statewide school performance measures remain steadyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-17-Strive-HI.aspxStrive HI reports show statewide school performance measures remain steadyHIDOE shared its 2016-17 Strive HI Performance System results this evening during the Board of Education community meeting. The school accountability system focuses on state and school progress on Strategic Plan Student Success Objectives and provides educators and communities with information to take action for student learning.
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.
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.
Department names 2017 Employee and Team of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Employee-Team-Awards.aspxDepartment names 2017 Employee and Team of the YearHIDOE named its 2017 Employee and Team of the Year award winners, recognizing employees for their special and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawaii.
McKinley High student interned in World War II earns diplomahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/McKinley-High-student-interned-in-World-War-II-earns-diploma.aspxMcKinley High student interned in World War II earns diplomaSarah Okada Sato became the first internee to earn the honorary Kupono Diploma in Hawaii. The diploma recognizes World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans and other individuals whose schooling was interrupted due to military service or wartime practices. Kupono means honest, upright decent, and reliable.
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.”
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.
Arts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu Museumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/museum-day.aspxArts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu MuseumWhen the Department offered “A Day at the Museum,” a professional development course on integrating art with Hawaii Common Core standards, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno jumped at the chance to participate. He wasn’t the only one — about 50 teachers spent a day rotating through different sessions with staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Schools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, culturehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/volcanovft.aspxSchools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, cultureScenes from the Virtual Field Trip to Kilauea Crater, hosted by Keaau Elementary staff and students, facilitated by University Lab School, and broadcast to schools and viewers via Google Hangout.
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.
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.
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.
Department receives national innovation award from Education Commission of the Stateshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/National-Innovation-Award-.aspxDepartment receives national innovation award from Education Commission of the StatesThe Education Commission of the States announced today that the Hawaii State Department of Education is the 2017 recipient of the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The award recognizes a state for education improvement efforts that are replicable and hold valuable lessons for other states, as well as bold and courageous policies.
Waiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/waiahole-future-ready.aspxWaiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionBuilding upon lessons learned from the 1:1 device and digital learning pilot, Future Ready Hawaii has expanded to more than three dozen schools statewide in 2015-16. Checking in with students and teachers at Waiahole Elementary in Windward Oahu, one of the schools that hopes to qualify for the program's "fast track."
Hawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ESSA-Concerns.aspxHawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing In a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Governor David Ige, Hawaii State Board of Education's Chairperson Lance Mizumoto and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi voiced concerns about the draft regulations and implementation timeline for the Every Students Succeeds Act.
'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-student-art-exhibit.aspx'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantsWith dreams of ocean and beach firmly in mind, 96 students grades K-6 from across the Islands were selected for the annual juried exhibition at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Students shine in Scholastic Art Awards regional competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-scholastic-art.aspxStudents shine in Scholastic Art Awards regional competitionDozens of public school students' art works, from painting to photography to mixed media, meet criteria for prestigious Scholastic Art Awards national review. Works will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum Feb. 20 through April 10.
Achievement gap narrows as Hawaii pushes college and career readinesshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Achievement-gap-narrows-as-Hawaii-public-schools-push-college-and-career-readiness,-new-report-card-shows.aspxAchievement gap narrows as Hawaii pushes college and career readinessMore Hawaii public school students are graduating on time and enrolling in college, according to the first annual Strive HI Performance System report. The new accountability system, which replaces outdated aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act, provides a comprehensive picture of the health of the islands’ schools.
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."

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