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Educator Effectiveness Systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/EducatorEffectivenessSystemEducator Effectiveness SystemThe Educator Effectiveness System (EES) is a comprehensive evaluation system that sets clear expectations for effective teaching, provides educators with quality feedback and support to improve their effectiveness with students, and informs professional development.
Job Opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunitiesJob OpportunitiesWelcome to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE). Year-round, we hire an array of teachers, educational specialists and staff to cultivate equity and excellence at our public schools.
Strategic Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlanStrategic PlanThe governing document for the public education system in Hawai‘i provides a common foundation of expectations and supports for public education, centering on closing the achievement gap to ensure equity and excellence for each student. An Implementation Plan is now available for review. This joint project of the Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) covers the years 2017-2020.
Adult Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/AdultEducationAdult EducationThe Adult Education Program offers a variety of courses for adult learners including basic education, English literacy and civics. It also offers degrees including the GED and Competency-Based Diploma. The adult schools also coordinate the Department's substitute teacher course.
High Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/HighSchoolHigh SchoolApproaching graduation, emphasis is placed on ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and career. Counselors are there to guide students with college prep and guidance. Opportunities in extracurricular activites, Learning Centers, student organizations and others greatly expand involvement.
Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/MiddleSchoolMiddle SchoolWhat the average middle school student and their parents can expect: A continuation of the eduational pipeline, expanded testing designed to identify post-school skills and aspirations, more student life opportunities.
Induction and Mentoringhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/InductionAndMentoringInduction and MentoringTeachers are the single most important factor in determining student success. If we expect all students to succeed, it is imperative that we accelerate our efforts to ensure every student has a highly skilled teacher. Creating rigorous induction programs that help beginning teachers quickly become as effective as experienced teachers is one of our greatest opportunities for positive change in education today.
Working in Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/WorkingInHawaiiWorking in HawaiiIn addition to providing important services to the education of our children, employment with the Department has many benefits: Vacation and holidays, health plans and a pension plan.
Professional Developmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/ProfessionalDevelopmentProfessional DevelopmentBeyond curricular supports, the Department makes professional development opportunities available to teachers and support staff. In addition, the Leadership Institute was created in 2013 with the goal to align the Department's training and development opportunities into an educational/skills pipeline that would also cultivate a culture of leadership among teachers and principals.
Licensure and Certificationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/LicensureAndCertificationLicensure and CertificationIn order to qualify to work for the Department, you may need to meet certain licensure and/or certification requirements, depending on the position you are seeking.
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.
Strategic Plan update: May 16, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/051616.aspxStrategic Plan update: May 16, 2016Third in a series of email updates on the DOE/BOE Strategic Plan review and extension process. Click the subscribe link below to get these updates sent to your inbox.
Strategic Plan Update: May 6, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/050616.aspxStrategic Plan Update: May 6, 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.
Strategic Plan Update: Sept. 26, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/092616.aspxStrategic Plan Update: Sept. 26, 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.
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.
Strategic Plan Update, May 24, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/052416.aspxStrategic Plan Update, May 24, 2016One in a series of updates about the Strategic Plan review and extension process taking place in 2016. Please click the link below to have these updates sent to your inbox.
Substitute teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/Substitute-teachers.aspxSubstitute teachersThe Department will consider anyone with a bachelor's degree for substitute teaching positions, but first priority will be given to candidates who also complete the State-Approved Teacher Education program, a full teacher-training program that includes student teaching in a Grade K-12 setting.
Applying: Teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/teachers.aspxApplying: TeachersWhat you need to know about applying for teaching and teaching specialist positions in the Department. For qualifications, please visit our Licensure & Certification page.
Applying for jobs on eHRhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/Applying-online.aspxApplying for jobs on eHRApplicants for positions in the Department must create an online profile via the Department's eHR application. There are 10 steps to complete and submit your online application.
Out-of-state teacher recruitment schedulehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/Out-of-state-recruitment.aspxOut-of-state teacher recruitment scheduleThank you for your interest in teaching at the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE). Our out-of-state recruitment trips for positions for the 2017-18 school year are finished. Please sign up to be notified of upcoming trips.
Substitute health aideshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/Substitute-health-aides.aspxSubstitute health aidesInformation about and qualifications sought in applying for the Department's health aide pool.
Teacher Application FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/Teacher-Application-FAQs.aspxTeacher Application FAQsAnswers to our commonly asked questions about applying to teach in the Department.
'Hawaii Qualified Teacher' questionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/LicensureAndCertification/Pages/HQT-questions.aspx'Hawaii Qualified Teacher' questionsThe Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Law requires all teachers meet state certification or licensing requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.
Educational Officer Job Classificationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/EO-Job-Classifications.aspxEducational Officer Job ClassificationsThe Office of Human Resources Personnel Management Branch's Classification and Compensation Section is responsible for administering the Department of Education's classification and compensation system. The classification specifications outline the primary functions of a specific class, including the duties and responsibilities, level of difficulty, knowledge skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Support Service Classificationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/Support-Service-Classifications.aspxSupport Service ClassificationsThe Office of Human Resources Personnel Management Branch's Classification and Compensation Section is responsible for administering the Department of Education's classification and compensation system. The classification specifications outline the primary functions of a specific class, including the duties and responsibilities, level of difficulty, knowledge skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Civil Service Classificationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/Civil-Service-Classifications.aspxCivil Service ClassificationsThe Office of Human Resources Personnel Management Branch's Classification and Compensation Section is responsible for administering the Department of Education's classification and compensation system. The classification specifications outline the primary functions of a specific class, including the duties and responsibilities, level of difficulty, knowledge skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
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.
Superintendent Searchhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/Supt-Search.aspxSuperintendent SearchThe Hawaii Board of Education is conducting a search for the superintendent's position via Ray and Associates. Please submit all application materials by April 6, 2017.
Programs with Affiliation Agreements (AA)http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/LicensureAndCertification/Pages/prep-programs.aspxPrograms with Affiliation Agreements (AA)Preparation programs listed on this site have obtained an AA with the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) required to place candidates in HIDOE schools. This agreement identifies the roles and responsibilities of the program, school and candidate prior to and during the placement period.
Overview of EES changes for School Year 2015-16http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/EducatorEffectivenessSystem/Pages/EES-changes-2015-16.aspxOverview of EES changes for School Year 2015-16Based on input from multiple stakeholder groups, the following is a brief overview of changes to the Educator Effectiveness System for SY 2015-16. For detailed information about the system and updates, please review the EES manual.
Rights relating to Section 504 and Special Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/Pages/Rights.aspxRights relating to Section 504 and Special EducationThe Department wants you to know about your rights under Section 504 and Special Education. Please review.
Employees' Retirement System (ERS)http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/WorkingInHawaii/Pages/ERS.aspxEmployees' Retirement System (ERS)Employees appointed for any period exceeding three months, and serves in positions requiring at least one-half of full-time equivalent, are members of the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) under a contributory, non-contributory or hybrid retirement plan as prescribed by State of Hawaii statutes effective the date of employment.
Substitute teacher reporting systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/substitute-notifications.aspxSubstitute teacher reporting systemThe Department uses a digital accounting system — The Teacher-Substitute Employee Automated System (TSEAS) — for schools to report, update and/or cancel teacher absences, which send automatic notifications to registered substitutes to alert them of work opportunities.
Special Education Performance Reporthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SchoolDataAndReports/StateReports/Pages/Special-Education-Performance-Report.aspxSpecial Education Performance ReportThe Department's Special Education Performance Report encompasses the state's Performance Plan (in accordance with Public Law 108-446) and the Part B Annual Performance Report, which is delivered to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. All components of this report must be made available to the public.
Tax-deferred planshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/WorkingInHawaii/Pages/Tax-deferred-plans.aspxTax-deferred plansOur employees can keep more of their paycheck in-hand through these tax-deferred programs.
Strategic Plan Review and Extension: FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/SP16-FAQs.aspxStrategic Plan Review and Extension: FAQsThe Strategic Plan review and extension is a joint effort by the Board of Education and the Department of Education to update the 2011-2018 Strategic Plan, which was most recently updated in 2012. The following are frequently asked questions about the reasons behind the review and extension and the process for updating the Strategic Plan.
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."
Mentoring of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performancehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/New-Teacher-IM.aspxMentoring of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performanceThe Department is making strides in improving teacher turnover with the implementation of induction and mentoring for all new teachers. HIDOE educational specialist, Keri Shimomoto, discusses what's being done to address this issue facing school systems nationwide in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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.
Teaching students how to mend our Island Earth http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Malama-Honua-in-Kailua.aspxTeaching students how to mend our Island Earth As the Polynesian voyaging canoes Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia continue their journey around the world, here's how one teacher is incorporating "​​Mālama Honua," the mission of the voyage, in her classroom.
Program gets beginning teachers ready for the school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BTSA.aspxProgram gets beginning teachers ready for the school yearAlmost 13,000 teachers are heading back to school today, a week ahead of students. For first-time teachers this can be a nerve-racking moment, which is why the Beginning Teacher Summer Academy has become a critical program to help them get started.
Kahuku teacher joins ‘Ohana Wa‘ahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ohana-waa.aspxKahuku teacher joins ‘Ohana Wa‘aKahuku High & Intermediate School teacher Matthew Kanemoto shares his experiences as a crewmember of the Worldwide Voyage. In 2013, Kanemoto had sailed on the Hōkūle‘ā during the first Mālama Honua statewide tours. He then became one of the 15-person crew that sailed Hikianalia back to Hawai‘i from Tahiti Nui, which lasted 27 days, covering more than 1,800 nautical miles on the open ocean.
Educator resources for the 2016 World Conservation Congresshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Stem/Pages/WCC.aspxEducator resources for the 2016 World Conservation CongressAddressing the theme of this year's World Conservation Congress (WCC), "Planet at a Crossroads," these resources are a starting point for teachers, students and schools to participate and contribute to the primary areas of focus — namely biodiversity, food and water security, and climate change.
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.
Our special ed priority: Hire more teachers, raise bar for allhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/Pages/mulcahy.aspxOur special ed priority: Hire more teachers, raise bar for allSuzanne Mulcahy, new assistant superintendent of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support at HIDOE, is optimistic about raising educational outcomes for all students. She has 15 years’ experience in the classroom teaching regular and special education at the elementary and intermediate school levels. This piece originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Highly Qualified substitute teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/LicensureAndCertification/Pages/Highly-Qualified-substitute-teachers.aspxHighly Qualified substitute teachersHQT no longer applies to substitutes with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Please refer to the Hawaii Qualified Teacher page for information about the HQT program. Link below.
Educator Effectiveness System to change based on teacher, principal feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/EES-2014-15-update.aspxEducator Effectiveness System to change based on teacher, principal feedbackThe Department is announcing several major changes to the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) to take effect in the upcoming school year. The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators, and are designed to simplify the EES, streamline its components and differentiate the approach for teachers based on need.
Education Update: November 2013http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Education-Update-112013.aspxEducation Update: November 2013Top stories: 2014 State Teacher of the Year named, Maui High Band invited to Rose Parade, safety drills enacted with Honolulu Police.
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.
Superintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/World-Oceans-Day.aspxSuperintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua In preparation for the upcoming World Oceans Day gathering in New York, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and apprentice navigator Jenna Ishii this morning met with students and educators who presented messages of Mālama Honua, which she will take to Nainoa Thompson on June 8.
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.
September 2016 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0916.aspxSeptember 2016 InspireInspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: Meet the new cohort of peer mentors in McKinley High's Ignition Program who help incoming freshmen feel safe and welcome, Campbell High's AVID program named among the top 1 percent of such programs nationwide, students weigh in on redesigning schools, more.
Fulbright teacher recalls time spent as educational ambassadorhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Fulbright-teacher-recalls-time-spent-as-educational-ambassador-.aspxFulbright teacher recalls time spent as educational ambassadorMililani Mauka teacher Johnna Jacobsen served as an educational ambassador over the summer through the Fulbright-Hays Cultural and Educational Seminar in Peru. She encourages other teachers to apply and take advantage of this all expenses paid opportunity of a lifetime.
'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/momi-stem.aspx'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
HIDOE Virtual Job Fair scheduled in Julyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Virtual-Job-Fair.aspxHIDOE Virtual Job Fair scheduled in JulyHIDOE will be holding a Virtual Job Fair in July to engage with prospective educators, administrators and support staff interested in joining the department. Register for this online event today!
Hawaii educators earn top awards for excellence in teaching World Languages http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/World-Languages.aspxHawaii educators earn top awards for excellence in teaching World Languages Two teachers were recognized for their efforts in World Language study by the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). Junko Agena from Aina Haina Elementary School was awarded the Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award, and Jeenna Canche from Maui High School was given the inaugural Lynn Sandstedt Memorial Spanish Scholarship.
Statement by Superintendent Matayoshi on school-related tripshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Statement-by-Superintendent-Matayoshi-on-school-related-trips.aspxStatement by Superintendent Matayoshi on school-related tripsThe Hawaii State Ethics Commission announced it reached an agreement with HSTA regarding teachers serving as chaperones on school-related trips. Under the agreement, teachers may continue to plan trips and serve as chaperones with private tour companies.
Mililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/MililaniSTEMCamp.aspxMililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakMililani High School students become teachers during Fall Break to instruct elementary school students on robotics and STEM.
DOE reports on school year and instructional timehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-reports-on-school-year-and-instructional-time.aspxDOE reports on school year and instructional timeHONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this afternoon provided its 2014 report on School Year and Instructional Time before a joint legislative education committee hearing.
Jarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/jarrett-strive-HI.aspxJarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultsConventional wisdom would say that Jarrett Middle School should not be doing as well as it is, given the size of its high-needs student population. But it's bucking expectations with a commitment to "Everyone Being Extraordinary." A calm atmosphere and engaging instruction are boosting students to go beyond a year of learning.
Teaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-Ready/Pages/HourofCode.aspxTeaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futureFor Hour of Code week, Momilani Elementary School teacher and Code.org affiliate, Shane Asselstine wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "The evolution of technology is inevitable and will only become further integrated in our home and work life. By teaching literacy in computer science and technology to our keiki now, we are preparing them for the future and careers that don’t yet exist."
November 2015 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Nov-2015.aspxNovember 2015 Education UpdateIn this edition: Kapunahala El's Stephanie Mew is the 2016 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year, two Maui schools join a 24/7 digital learning and device initiative, congratulations to our top Strive HI Schools, a review of testing in Supt's Corner, more.
Kalakaua Middle teacher surprised with $25K Milken Educator Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalakaua-Middle-teacher-surprised-with-$25K-Milken-Educator-Award.aspxKalakaua Middle teacher surprised with $25K Milken Educator AwardMichelle Kay, who teaches eighth graders, wins the 'Oscar of Teaching.' Her passion and enthusiasm in the classroom, combined with relevant and engaging science lessons, motivate and challenge all students to keep improving.
August 2017 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0817.aspxAugust 2017 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawaii's public school system. In this edition: The Teacher Leadership Cadre takes the reins of instruction at Farrington High, Leeward high schoolers earn college credit over the summer, new teachers prepped thanks to the Beginning Teacher Summer Academy, two Hawai'i teachers join Hope Street Group's national Teacher Advisory Council, more stories.
Catherine Caine named Hawaii’s 2015 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HawaiiTOY15.aspxCatherine Caine named Hawaii’s 2015 State Teacher of the YearThe Waikiki Elementary second-grade teacher engages students with meaningful assignments that challenge them to make a difference in their communities. Caine will represent Hawaii in the National Teacher of the Year program.
Stephanie Mew named Hawaii’s 2016 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016TOY.aspxStephanie Mew named Hawaii’s 2016 State Teacher of the YearKapunahala Elementary teacher Stephanie Mew was named Hawaii's 2016 State Teacher of the Year. She was selected from seven District Teachers of the Year, representing more than 11,000 educators in HIDOE statewide.
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.
Favorites from Teacher Appreciation Week 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/2014thanks.aspxFavorites from Teacher Appreciation Week 2014Some of our favorite social posts from Teacher Appreciation Week and the #ThankATeacherHI tag. Mahalo to all our teachers!
Matthew Lawrence named Hawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Matthew-Lawrence-named-Hawaii's-2014-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxMatthew Lawrence named Hawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the YearHawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the Year is a 12-year veteran educator who inspires his students through creative hands-on projects. Honolulu District Teacher of the Year Matthew Lawrence of Waikiki Elementary was named the 2014 State Teacher of the Year this afternoon at a ceremony attended by Governor Neil Abercrombie and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi at Washington Place.
HIDOE names 2015 Employee and Team of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-hidoe-awards.aspxHIDOE names 2015 Employee and Team of the YearHIDOE recognized key employees and teams for their outstanding contributions to Hawaii's public school students. Pearl Ridge Elementary's Andrew Lagapa was named Employee of the Year and the Kailua Intermediate Science & Engineering Dept. was named Team of the Year.
Two teachers awarded education 'Oscars'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Milken-Awards.aspxTwo teachers awarded education 'Oscars'Third grade teacher Masaru Uchino from Momilani Elementary and fourth grade teacher Kelly Sutcliffe from Jefferson Elementary became the latest recipients of the coveted Milken Educator Award. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," the award honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
Students need encouragement to join teaching professionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Students-need-encouragement-to-join-teaching-profession.aspxStudents need encouragement to join teaching profession2017 Central District Teacher of the Year Tracey Idica shared with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser what can be done to address the teacher shortage and help motivate the next generation of educators.
Mauka Lani's Rankie wins 'Teacher of Promise'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Mauka-Lani's-Rankie-wins-Milken-prize.aspxMauka Lani's Rankie wins 'Teacher of Promise'Recognized for his excellent rapport with everyone in the school community, Mauka Lani’s Bryan Rankie received the 2013 National Milken Educators of Hawaii’s “Teacher of Promise” award. The award annually goes to a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during the first four semesters in the classroom.
Chad Miller named Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Chad-Miller-named-Hawaii’s-2012-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxChad Miller named Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the YearChad Miller, an English language arts teacher at Kailua High School, is Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the Year. Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Board of Education Chairman Don Horner, and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi made the announcement this afternoon during a ceremony honoring seven District Teachers of the Year at Washington Place.
Spotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Farrington-High.aspxSpotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'Taking a closer look at some of the standout schools in the 2015 College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, which looks at the performance of the Class of 2014 across a variety of key measurements, including proficiency, graduation, college-going and dual enrollment rates. Here we profile Farrington High School.
Making IT happen at Momilani Elementary School earns teacher top awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MakingITHappen.aspxMaking IT happen at Momilani Elementary School earns teacher top awardISTE awarded its prestigious Making IT Happen award to Momilani Elementary School teacher Shane Asselstine. He is one of two teachers who received this award at the 2015 Schools of the Future Conference in November.
Making 'shift' happen at Farrington Highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/making-shift-happen.aspxMaking 'shift' happen at Farrington HighThere’s a lot of talk about empowering teachers to lead in and beyond the classroom, working with each other to boost student success. At Farrington High, administrators and teachers are two years into a focused effort to make teacher leadership a reality. As the administrators loosened the reins, trust has increased and, with that, a greater willingness among teachers to team up and take risks.
Hawaii teachers recognized by President Barack Obama for excellence in math and science educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST.aspxHawaii teachers recognized by President Barack Obama for excellence in math and science educationPresident Barack Obama recognized four Hawaii teachers today as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
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.
Board approves policy change in teacher evaluationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-approves-policy-changes.aspxBoard approves policy change in teacher evaluationThe BOE approved recommendations to revise its policy on Teacher Performance Evaluation. Joint-committee members of the HSTA and HIDOE presented the recommended changes, which were subsequently recommended by Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to the BOE removing student test scores as required for teacher performance evaluation.
Common curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/standards-vs-curriculum.aspxCommon curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachThe author is Alyson Doherty, teacher at Stevenson Middle School. It was written to help dispel confusion between Common Core standards (goals for student learning) and curricular resources, which are aligned with standards and made available to support teachers. It originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Karen Kutsunai named State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Karen-Kutsunai-named-Hawaii’s-2013-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxKaren Kutsunai named State Teacher of the YearHONOLULU – Karen Kutsunai, a Kailua Intermediate teacher, is Hawaii’s 2013 State Teacher of the Year. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe made the announcement this afternoon during a ceremony honoring seven District Teachers of the Year at Washington Place.
New Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, communityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/New-Kahuku-HI-principal-dedicated-to-academics,-community.aspxNew Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, communityOahu-born Pauline Masaniai has lived in South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Utah. Yet decades ago, she chose the Koolauloa community to permanently reside, raise her family, and equip students for bright futures and the best career opportunities. She will have her best opportunity yet to fulfill this by taking the helm at Kahuku High and Intermediate.
September 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0917.aspxSeptember 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: The Beginning Teacher Summer Academy helps connect new teachers with training and resources they need to run their classrooms, profile of the Teacher Leadership Cadre at Farrington High, and it's Attendance Awareness Month!
Department shapes lessons around World Conservation Congress http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/-lessons-around-World-Conservation-Congress.aspxDepartment shapes lessons around World Conservation Congress In anticipation of the World Conservation Congress convening in Hawai’i in September, the Hawaii State Department of Education has created educator resources for teachers, students and schools to participate and contribute in this global gathering.
Kailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Greg-Kent-Ultimaker.aspxKailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programKailua Elementary teacher and Technology Coordinator Greg Kent is one of 58 teachers selected nationwide for the Ultimaker Education Pioneers program.
Kaala Elementary Teacher Yuuko Arikawa Wins $25,000 Milken Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kaala-Elementary-Teacher-Yuuko-Arikawa-Wins-$25,000-Milken-Award.aspxKaala Elementary Teacher Yuuko Arikawa Wins $25,000 Milken AwardYuuko L. Arikawa was introduced as Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award winner at a morning assembly attended by more than 350 students at Kaala Elementary School in Wahiawa. The 10-year veteran of Hawaii’s public school system was also presented a $25,000 cash award from the Milken Family Foundation.
January 2017 Inspire http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0117.aspxJanuary 2017 Inspire Inspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: Jarrett Middle defies conventional wisdom of how a school with a high-needs student population performs, Kalani High students win research time at Maunakea Observatories, Kapunahala El counselor Ramona Kahawaii honored in D.C., encouraging students to join the teaching profession, pathway to college engineering major to be created, more.
March 2015 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/March-2015.aspxMarch 2015 Education UpdateStories include updates in Hawaiian education, Jana Fukada of Mililani Uka El is Hawaii's Milken Educator Award winner, Supt. Matayoshi lauds our expanding partnerships, Campbell High makes Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national finals, Ka Hei professional development rolling out for science teachers in Phase I, opportunities list for educators and schools.
Q&A with 2013 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/QA-with-2013-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxQ&A with 2013 State Teacher of the YearKaren Kutsunai, a Kailua Intermediate teacher, was named Hawaii’s 2013 State Teacher of the Year on October 26.
'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Student-cites-2-educators-in-her-triumph.aspx'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studentTwo educators at Washington Middle and Kaimuki High made all the difference for Jowana Lobendahn, whose life was marked by violence and despair. She leapt at the opportunity to thank them for giving her the spark to turn her life around.
Thank your favorite teacher with #ThankATeacherHIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/thankateacher2014.aspxThank your favorite teacher with #ThankATeacherHIFor National Teacher Day (May 6) and National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9), we encourage everyone to broadcast their love and admiration for the teachers who impacted their lives. Tag your social posts with #ThankATeacherHI.
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.
The Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken Educatorhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Michelle-Kay.aspxThe Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken EducatorCapturing the moment when a teacher is honored with the prestigious Milken Educator Award is all part of the fun. Michelle Kay, a Kalakaua Middle science teacher, won the national award for outstanding excellence in education and a $25,000 cash prize.
Education Update: April 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Education-Update-0414.aspxEducation Update: April 2014Stories include exceptional progress on Race to the Top in the U.S. Department of Education's Year 3 report, historic sustainability and education program launched, Milken nods for two talented teachers, test your knowledge with Smarter Balanced, opportunities for teachers and students, and more.
Strive HI — November 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/November-2014.aspxStrive HI — November 2014Achievement news from around our schools and districts. Stories in this edition include: 2015 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year named, and district teachers honored; enrollment count rises in most grades, mental health initiatives funded, new leader of facilities office, schools respond to the Puna lava flow.
March 2014 Inspire ENewshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/March-2014.aspxMarch 2014 Inspire ENewsRoundup of inspirational stories includes an update on the Access Learning 1:1 digital curriculum pilot, Michelle Kay named Milken Educator, Ryan Kagami named Teacher of Promise, Nanakuli High and Intermediate performing arts students visit the White House.
Kaʻala Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Milken-TOP.aspxKaʻala Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of HawaiiIn only her third semester of teaching, Kaʻala Elementary fourth grade teacher Kaitlyn Huff was honored as the state winner of the prestigious Teacher of Promise Award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii. The award annually recognizes a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during their first four semesters in the classroom.
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.
Waipahu High science teacher wins Milken Award and $25,000http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Michael-Sana.aspxWaipahu High science teacher wins Milken Award and $25,000Waipahu High School science teacher Michael Sana was presented the prestigious 2015-16 Milken Educator Award at a schoolwide assembly to the applause of his students and fellow teachers. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," it honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
Meet Stephanie Mew, the 2016 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Meet-Stephanie-Mew.aspxMeet Stephanie Mew, the 2016 State Teacher of the YearFor the Windward District Teacher of the Year, who was just named the state's top teacher, FAIL means First Attempt In Learning. “I FAIL and problem solve every day, right in front of my students.” Mew will represent Hawaii at the National Teacher of the Year program in Washington D.C. in spring 2016.
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.

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