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Welcome to School Year 2019-20! to School Year 2019-20!Message from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: As we welcome back students to our schools this week, I invite you to view this "Kick Off Your Year" video to build on the positive momentum we've seen in the last year and get grounded in the exciting work to come with our next strategic plan.
Aloha to School Year 2018-19 to School Year 2018-19From Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: We wrapped up the majority of our public school graduations this past week and I have thoroughly enjoyed attending ceremonies statewide with my leadership team. Our schools have great personalities! I’d like to congratulate our educators on a successful year.
Teacher collaboration unleashing innovation, best practices collaboration unleashing innovation, best practicesFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: We will see a transformation in our special education programs as a result of the renewed commitment to collaboration by our schools and teachers, creating equitable learning experiences for our most vulnerable students. Here are some school-level examples of best practices around collaboration that are contributing to advancements in equity.
Grade everybody or grade no one, but be fair to public schools everybody or grade no one, but be fair to public schoolsFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: I want to talk about a double standard in Hawai‘i’s education system. Every year, Honolulu Magazine puts out a “Grading the Public Schools” edition that ranks schools on a bell curve. And every year that same magazine puts out a “Private School Guide” with lovely pictures and narratives and your questions answered about navigating the admission and payment processes. Be fair. Judge us equally.
The Power to Change Hawai'i for the Better Power to Change Hawai'i for the BetterFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: For the next several months, we will be engaging our staff, families, communities and partners in a conversation around our collective will to deliver on the promise of public education via a 10-year action plan.
​O ka Lono o ka Pule: E Hoʻolauleʻa i ka Mahina ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi​O ka Lono o ka Pule: E Hoʻolauleʻa i ka Mahina ʻOlelo HawaiʻiFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: I’m excited to announce the launch of a new video series produced by the Communications Branch that aims to highlight the Hawaiian ali‘i whose names grace many of our school campuses.
Celebrating diversity and empowering multilingual student voice diversity and empowering multilingual student voiceFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: When students’ identities, histories, cultures, and languages are woven into their educational experience, they build a stronger connection to the curriculum, engage on a new level and contribute to the learning environment.
Student voices echo through the Capitol as the 2019 legislative session kicks into high gear voices echo through the Capitol as the 2019 legislative session kicks into high gearFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: Students have had a noticeable presence at the Capitol since opening day, learning from state leaders and participating in this important democratic process. We can draw inspiration from their passion and must continue to foster their desire to have their voices heard.
Moving toward a 10-year action plan toward a 10-year action planFrom Supt. Kishimoto: The DOE/BOE Strategic Plan will sunset in 2020. A new action plan will focus our priorities for the next decade. We will develop a forward-facing Statewide Strategic Plan focused on three key questions: 1) What is student success? 2) How do we measure what we really value? 3) How do we support each child to experience success?
Holiday wishes for our entire HIDOE 'ohana wishes for our entire HIDOE 'ohanaFrom Supt. Kishimoto: I want to wish all of you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays. We've made great strides together towards elevating our students that we can all be very proud of and I appreciate your hard work tremendously.
Save the date for the Innovative Teachers Engage and Collaborate - Hawaii Conference the date for the Innovative Teachers Engage and Collaborate - Hawaii ConferenceFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: The Department’s Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design is creating an opportunity and space for teacher leaders to come together to collaborate and share best practices in the spirit of advancing Computer Science curriculum — a great way to celebrate the start of Computer Science Education Week. Save the date for the conference: June 13, 2019.
Lunalilo El students share what they're thankful for El students share what they're thankful forFrom Supt. Kishimoto: We asked some of our students at Lunalilo Elementary what they are grateful for, and here’s what they had to say. I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
A day in the life of a principal day in the life of a principalOctober was National Principals Month, and I hope you all took the time to celebrate your school leaders. Being a principal is tough — the hours are long, the work is challenging. Yet it is one of the most rewarding jobs, one where we can see the results that lead to impacts on young people’s futures. Three principals share what a typical school day looks like for them.
A culture of kindness, acceptance and aloha culture of kindness, acceptance and alohaEnding bullying is key to having safe, nurturing learning environments. We are updating the student misconduct and discipline code known as Chapter 19 to elevate bullying and cyberbullying at the secondary levels to a Class A offense, the most serious category. We invite all schools, offices and communities to join us in Unity Day — wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as a statement of support for kindness, acceptance and aloha.
Let's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for college's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegeA critical measure that serves as one predictor for college access is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This year, the Hawaii DOE has set a goal to have 70 percent of our seniors complete the FAFSA, and 90 percent in 2020. We all play a role in meeting this goal.
Supt's Corner: Coming together during Hurricane Lane's Corner: Coming together during Hurricane LaneThe past few months have been filled with challenges for our school communities, from the Kīlauea eruption to the flooding in Hanalei to multiple brush fires. And then, Hurricane Lane. Through all of these disasters, I am grateful for the HIDOE ‘ohana and our numerous supporters throughout the state who came together.
Revamping our approach to employment our approach to employmentAs the largest employer among Hawaii state government departments, we have a tremendous responsibility to develop and protect our greatest asset — our employees, who each play a role in our mission to support and advance student success. This requires a strategic and thoughtful approach that focuses on the lifetime experience of an employee while in the organization.
Supt's Corner: June 2018's Corner: June 2018From Supt. Christina Kishimoto: State offices have been planning for next school year for the past several weeks. Here are some key areas of focus based on developments this year.
Supt's Corner: May 2018'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.
April 2018 Strive HI 2018 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawaii's public school system. In this edition: Hawai'i's grade 8 reading stands out in biannual "Nation's Report Card," Farm to School gets a new name and look with ‘Aina Pono, public feedback on the Hawai‘i DOE's draft Computer Science Action Plan is sought through April 16, more stories.

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