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HIDOE to provide free Hawaiian language courses for all employees through UH Community Collegeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HawaiianLanguageLearningOpportunity.aspxHIDOE to provide free Hawaiian language courses for all employees through UH Community CollegesUpon successful completion, teachers will be able to receive professional development credits and all other employees will be able to earn college credit.
HIDOE & Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor’s signing of House Bill 1070 in support of new teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-HTSB-Joint-Statement.aspxHIDOE & Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor’s signing of House Bill 1070 in support of new teachersHIDOE and the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor David Ige’s signing of House Bill 1070 into law. Act 116 will provide $600,000 in both fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 for teacher stipends for the “Grow Our Own Teachers” initiative to cover annual licensing fees for new and untenured teachers.
Teacher collaboration unleashing innovation, best practiceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/051619.aspxTeacher 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.
School bells ring, but why?http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/school-bell.aspxSchool bells ring, but why?School communities are being asked to "think out of the box" about how to deliver upon five student promises by 2030 as part of the public school system's next 10 years of strategic planning. What do schools need to do to advance equity, excellence and innovation for all, and what current procedures, policies, infrastructure and other elements should be reconsidered? State Office Teacher Bobby Widhalm shares his thoughts about the school bell.
Hawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-PAEMST.aspxHawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingHawaii public school teachers Daniel Taira (Lehua Elementary), Laura Cummings (Sunset Beach Elementary), Richard Brian Ogawa (Kanoelani Elementary) and Stacie Tateyama (Kipapa Elementary) have been selected as state finalists for one of the nation's most prestigious honors bestowed upon teachers — the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST.
Office of Hawaiian Education seeks teachers for Kaiapuni and Hawaiian Knowledge classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/OHE-seeks-Kaiapuni-teachers.aspxOffice of Hawaiian Education seeks teachers for Kaiapuni and Hawaiian Knowledge classroomsNow in its third year, the Hawaiian Special Permit, known as Palapala A‘o Kūikawā, was launched by the Office of Hawaiian Education to help address critical shortages for certified teachers in the areas of Kaia‘ōlelo-Kaiapuni Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Language Immersion, and Hawaiian Studies/Knowledge.
Kaua‘i educators team up to advance student voicehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ktf.aspxKaua‘i educators team up to advance student voiceA team of Garden Isle educators is gearing up to collect student voice on how the Hawai‘i DOE informs Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) across its schools. They belong to an innovative collaborative, the Kauai Teacher Fellowship, which aims to bring teacher and student voice into administrative decision-making across the island and, potentially, the state. The data gathering effort will launch March 1.
Ala Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Milken-Award.aspxAla Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator AwardSara King, a Title I Coordinator at Ala Wai Elementary, has become the latest recipient 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. King is the only Hawaii Milken Educator in 2019, and is among 33 teachers nationwide selected for the honor this season.
Social Emotional Learning: Grooming Peace Ambassadors at Manoa Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/peace-project.aspxSocial Emotional Learning: Grooming Peace Ambassadors at Manoa ElementaryChelsey Villamin, who is in her seventh year of teaching at Manoa Elementary School, started off exposing students to literature and books that encouraged the young students to reflect on times when they experienced peace.
2018 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2018.aspx2018 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2018 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
Seek growth, be patient, keep learning, take care of yourself, ask for help, love your studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/HSG-Beginning-Teachers.aspxSeek growth, be patient, keep learning, take care of yourself, ask for help, love your studentsWords of advice from our teachers and educational leaders for Hawai‘i's beginning and pre-service teachers as we head toward the end of the first semester.
Kealakehe Intermediate’s Mathieu Williams named 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-HSTOY.aspxKealakehe Intermediate’s Mathieu Williams named 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the YearKealakehe Intermediate teacher Mathieu Williams was named the 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year. Williams was selected among seven other District Teachers of the Year and received the state's top teaching award from Governor David Ige and Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto during a ceremony held at Washington Place.
Three Hawaii public school teachers each vying for $100,000 'Dream Big' grants in national competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farmers-Dream-Big-Finalists.aspxThree Hawaii public school teachers each vying for $100,000 'Dream Big' grants in national competitionOnline votes through Nov. 3 will determine five winners from among 15 finalists nationwide. Hawaii has three teachers in the running for the grant.
HIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lanehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-lane-update.aspxHIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane LaneAll public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 22, until further notice, in anticipation of dangerous storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.
Classroom and collaboration advice and tips from Hawai'i's teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/HSG-17-18.aspxClassroom and collaboration advice and tips from Hawai'i's teachersTeachers are the greatest knowledge resource we have for classroom and student learning strategies. Hawai'i's Hope Street Group teachers pledge to share their professional insights to help guide education policy and support their fellow teachers. Below is a selection of the top posts from HSG teachers in the 2017-18 school year. Pass on the knowledge!
Virtual Open Classroom 2018http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Virtual-Open-Classroom-2018.aspxVirtual Open Classroom 2018Check out the dynamic, inviting, innovative learning spaces our educators are designing for students! Teachers shared tips, photos and videos of their classroom designs to Twitter. A selection appears here, or click the hashtag link to see all posts.
Department initiatives aimed at growing talent pipeline of teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/teacher-recruitment-opinion.aspxDepartment initiatives aimed at growing talent pipeline of teachersOur hiring drives and other initiatives have resulted in more teachers coming into the DOE. We’re hiring more experienced teachers, and our new teachers are more prepared. Learn more in this piece from Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Covell which ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST-18.aspxHawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingAkeyo Garcia of Ewa Elementary and Masaru Uchino of Momilani Elementary have been awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST. It is the highest award K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. Recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and will engage in education discussions in Washington, D.C.
Department awarded grant to recruit transitioning and retired military members for teaching positionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Troops-to-Teachers-Grant.aspxDepartment awarded grant to recruit transitioning and retired military members for teaching positionsHIDOE was recently awarded a Hawaii Troops to Teachers (HTTT) grant. The federal funds totaling $600,932 over five years, will help align the Defense Department’s Troops to Teachers goals with HIDOE’s diversified teacher recruiting and retention plan.
May 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0518.aspxMay 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: Maui High boosts college and career readiness, East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground, teachers drive improvement via an innovative collaboration model, more stories.
Teachers drive improvement through Hawaii Lab Cohortshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/ProfessionalDevelopment/Pages/Hawaii-Lab-Cohorts.aspxTeachers drive improvement through Hawaii Lab CohortsHawaii Lab Cohorts are teacher learning communities within complex areas and schools that offer an effective approach to professional growth for teachers, allowing for continuous improvement. A shining example is in the Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Area. In its fourth year of implementation, the cohort has grown from school-level English Language Arts teams to complex-wide labs in ELA and math, soon to expand to science.
Draft Secondary Social Studies Standards open for public review through Aprilhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Draft-Standards-review.aspxDraft Secondary Social Studies Standards open for public review through AprilThe Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support, Social Studies Program, is seeking broad input from educators and the public on the draft Secondary (grades 6-12) Social Studies Standards through the end of April 2018.
April 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0418.aspxApril 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter featuring the top stories from across Hawaii's public schools, distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Stevenson Middle science teacher earns the Milken Teacher of Promise award, Leilehua's JROTC team is returning to the CyberPatriot national competition, Roosevelt High students design and organize a schoolwide college and career fair, more stories.
Ken Kakesako named a Milken Teacher of Promisehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ken-Kakesako-Milken.aspxKen Kakesako named a Milken Teacher of PromiseThe Stevenson Middle School science educator earned the prestigious award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii. He has launched after-school STEM and wrestling programs, raised money to support them, and "exemplifies aloha."
February 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0218.aspxFebruary 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: King Kekaulike High goes all-in with interventions and co-teaching with promising results for student outcomes, Mililani High selected as next Farm to School site, more Hawai'i teachers earn National Board Certification, and many more stories.
More Hawaii teachers obtain certificationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-Hawaii-teachers-obtain-certification.aspxMore Hawaii teachers obtain certificationTeachers were honored this afternoon for earning or renewing their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Educators who earn this certification have demonstrated that they meet the highest standards for teaching.
January 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0118.aspxJanuary 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Mentoring new special education teachers, 2017 Year in Review, Waipahu High student first to earn AA before diploma, Keaukaha Elementary's engaging literacy approach, working more local food into school meals, more stories.
2017 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2017.aspx2017 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2017 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
New SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/InductionAndMentoring/Pages/SPED-Mentor-Program.aspxNew SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring programMarigolds are one of the best plants for companion planting – helping to chase away certain pests and improve flavor and growth of other plants like carrots, cabbage and cantaloupes. In teaching, these companion plants take the form of mentors like Tracy Muranaka-Ng who help nurture up and coming teachers.
Ewa Makai Middle School’s Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-TOY.aspxEwa Makai Middle School’s Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the YearEwa Makai Middle School teacher Vanessa Ching was named the 2018 Hawaii 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. Ching was among seven District Teachers of the Year and one Charter School Teacher of the Year recognized.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ewa Makai Middle School teacher wins $2,500 educational granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Grant.aspxEwa Makai Middle School teacher wins $2,500 educational grantEwa Makai Middle School Student Activities Coordinator Vanessa Ching was awarded a $2,500 educational grant as part of the Thank America’s Teachers 2016 initiative, sponsored by Farmers Insurance.
Hawaii 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.
Resolving differences means working with people, not just platformshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/social-media.aspxResolving differences means working with people, not just platformsLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
Nurturing a lifelong passion for arthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Larry-Taguba.aspxNurturing a lifelong passion for artWith 51 student works earning awards in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program, and nine medaling at the national level, all eyes are on Leilehua High's art department and its head, 38-year fine arts teacher Larry Taguba. "Winning is not the goal, but improvement is."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improved Educator Effectiveness System praisedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Improved-Educator-Effectiveness-System-Praised.aspxImproved Educator Effectiveness System praisedChanges made to improve the Educator Effectiveness System based on teacher feedback helps increase understanding of the supports in place to help them advance their practice, according to a survey.
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.
These academic coaches are nowhere near the sidelinehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/These-academic-coaches-are-nowhere-near-the-sideline.aspxThese academic coaches are nowhere near the sidelineAs they assist teachers -- as well as students -- to master rigorous standards in the classroom, curriculum coaches team up to review data, discuss strategies and lessons, and plan next steps.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Department releases Educator Effectiveness System results from School Year 2013-14http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/EES-update-to-BOE.aspxDepartment releases Educator Effectiveness System results from School Year 2013-14Nearly all of the Department's teachers have been rated "effective" or "highly effective" based on results from the first full year of implementation of the EES. Changes have been implemented for SY 2014-15 to streamline and simplify the process for teachers and administrators.
Strive HI — June 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/June-2014.aspxStrive HI — June 2014Roundup of education reform news from across the DOE. Stories include the College & Career Readiness Indicators Report, changes to the Educator Effectiveness System for 2014-15, launch of the Principal Roundtable, principals Abe, Hayashi and Chung honored, and connecting with educational resources for Malama Honua.
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.
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.
Educator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator-Effectiveness-System-survey-gathers-teacher-feedback.aspxEducator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackThe survey gathered teacher feedback on their experiences and opinions regarding the Educator Effectiveness System to help better understand its strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Hawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/RTTT-Year-3.aspxHawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for its efforts in implementing key reforms such as the Educator Effectiveness System, professional development on the Hawaii Common Core and work to support its most needy schools. This comes with the Year 3 Race to the Top (RTTT) report released this evening.
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.
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.
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.
Educator support vital to sustain student gainshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Budget/Pages/EES.aspxEducator support vital to sustain student gainsThis piece about the Educator Effectiveness System and the DOE's 2014-15 supplemental budget request was penned by Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe and ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's editorial section.
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.
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.
'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.
Student surveys to provide critical feedback about learning environmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Student-surveys-to-provide-critical-feedback-about-learning-environment.aspxStudent surveys to provide critical feedback about learning environmentA student survey being administered in Hawaii’s public schools through Oct. 18 will provide educators with critical classroom feedback aimed at improving teaching and learning. The Tripod Student Perceptions Survey measures effective student-teacher relationships and elements of teaching quality.
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.
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.
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.
Alaiasa a U.S. Principal of the Year finalisthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/King-Intermediate-leader-named-U-S--Principal-of-the-Year-finalist.aspxAlaiasa a U.S. Principal of the Year finalistHONOLULU – King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa has been named one of three educators in the nation who will compete for the title of 2014 Middle Level Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Waipahu's Hayashi honored for leadershiphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Waipahu's-Hayashi-honored-for-leadership.aspxWaipahu's Hayashi honored for leadershipWaipahu High Principal Keith Hayashi has won The Island Insurance Foundation's ninth annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award of $25,000.
Bryan Rankie named Hawaii’s 'Teacher of Promise'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Bryan-Rankie-named-Hawaii’s-'Teacher-of-Promise'.aspxBryan Rankie named Hawaii’s 'Teacher of Promise'HONOLULU - Mauka Lani Elementary School teacher Bryan Rankie this morning was honored as the National Milken Educators of Hawaii's “Teacher of Promise.”
Naomi Matsuzaki wins national distinguished principal awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Naomi-Matsuzaki-wins-national-distinguished-principal-award.aspxNaomi Matsuzaki wins national distinguished principal awardHONOLULU - Kahaluu Elementary Principal Naomi Matsuzaki today was named the 2013 National Distinguished Principal for the State of Hawaii.
Three Hawaii public school leaders win national awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Three-Hawaii-Public-School-Leaders-Win-National-Excellence-Award.aspxThree Hawaii public school leaders win national awardHONOLULU – Kaiser High Principal John Sosa, King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa and Kaimuki Middle Vice Principal CeliaAnn Main-Anakalea have been selected as Hawaii’s top school leaders by the Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators.
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.

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