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Dual credit programshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/DualCreditDual credit programsDual Credit allows Hawaii DOE high school students to take classes that satisfy requirements for both a Hawaii high school diploma and a University of Hawaii degree. Nine UH campuses are participating. Students attending other college institutions should check whether the credits can transfer. The two most common programs are Early College and Running Start.
English Language Learnershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/EnglishLanguageLearnersEnglish Language LearnersStudents with limited English language proficiency require support and targeted instruction. The Department provides these students with supplementary instructional and acculturation activities.
Hawaii Common Corehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandardsHawaii Common CoreHawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. They align with college and workforce expectations, are clear and consistent, include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, are evidence-based, and are informed by standards in top-performing countries.
Learning Centershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/LearningCentersLearning CentersThe Department's Learning Centers Program provides students and their parents with greater academic choice by creating distinctive, specialized and excellent programs within public education. Learning Centers are established within our schools with each Learning Center organized around a single theme or focus area.
Internet safetyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWork/Pages/Internet-safety.aspxInternet safetyInternet safety is being aware of victimizing issues online such as being ripped off, disrespected, bullied, harrassed, scammed or stalked while online. We nurture a safe digital learning environment in our schools. This means promoting the idea of digital citizenship, defined as being a responsible, safe and ethical user of digital and internet technologies.
Welcome back! from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/2016-17-welcome-back.aspxWelcome back! from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiAs school year 2016-17 gets under way, this letter is being sent home to parents and families with information about the Strategic Plan review and extension, which will help HIDOE build upon successes in schools and identify innovative solutions to support a high quality education for all students.
Community School Diploma FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/AdultEducation/Pages/Community-School-Diploma-FAQs.aspxCommunity School Diploma FAQsAll enrolled students seeking a diploma from the Community Schools for Adults (CSA) who complete the graduation requirements, via General Education Development (GED) and Competency-Based Community School Diploma Program (CB), will receive a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma.
Common Core FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/FAQs.aspxCommon Core FAQsAnswers to common questions about Hawaii's Common Core standards.
Family resources for Hawaii Common Core standards, assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/parent-resources.aspxFamily resources for Hawaii Common Core standards, assessmentsFamilies are key in student preparedness. New standards (Hawaii Common Core) and assessments (Smarter Balanced) are creating shifts in the classroom that involve more dynamic, evidence- and technology-based learning than what classes used to look like a generation ago. We encourage families to dig in to these resources to help students be ready to learn.
Access Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning.aspxAccess LearningHawaii’s students live in a world that is increasingly complex and driven by rapid changes in technology. Just 15 years ago, the Internet as we know it did not exist; today, it plays a critical role in how we work, learn, play and connect. The Access Learning pilot project strives to harness the power of technology to support innovations in teaching and learning.
Teacher fellows program to advance public educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-teacher-fellows-program-to-advance-public-education.aspxTeacher fellows program to advance public educationOutstanding teacher fellows will voice teacher input on the Hawaii Common Core and implementation of other key initiatives meant to elevate the teaching profession and increase student achievement.
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.
Waiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/waiahole-future-ready.aspxWaiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionBuilding upon lessons learned from the 1:1 device and digital learning pilot, Future Ready Hawaii has expanded to more than three dozen schools statewide in 2015-16. Checking in with students and teachers at Waiahole Elementary in Windward Oahu, one of the schools that hopes to qualify for the program's "fast track."
Hawaii'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.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
DOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-Digital-Curriculum-expands-learning,-teaching-opportunities.aspxDOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitiesTeachers piloting the program, known as Access Learning, widely agree the technology holds tremendous potential to help them save time, organize lessons, collaborate with peers and expand learning opportunities.
Chamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CCH.aspxChamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futureSherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, authored this piece about higher standards for students for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Presentation to the Legislature on Access Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning-Lege.aspxPresentation to the Legislature on Access LearningThe Department has gathered the following materials to present to the Hawaii State Legislature on progress and early results of the Access Learning pilot, as well as an overview of digital learning efforts across the country to provide a comparison.
Teacher/Student access to Origo math gameshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Origo.aspxTeacher/Student access to Origo math gamesAs part of the Hawaii State Department of Education's use of Stepping Stones curriculum for K-5 mathematics, access for teachers and students has been granted free access to Origo Education's Fundamentals channel, which includes online math games.
We want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/yoshida-math.aspxWe want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettersHow is teaching mathematics evolving in Hawaii's public schools? More collaborative learning environments that emphasize habits of mind including perseverance, reasoning, constructing arguments, and more. The author is Eliza Akana Yoshida, who has taught in Valley Isle schools for 12 years. Next year, she will serve as the math/science curriculum coordinator at Pu‘u Kukui Elementary.
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.
New assessment scores show promise for public school achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sba-scores.aspxNew assessment scores show promise for public school achievementIn its first year of administering a new, more rigorous test, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. HIDOE today released statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments test scores in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.
Educator, public input sought on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator,-public-input-sought-on-new-student-assessments.aspxEducator, public input sought on new student assessmentsInterested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments. The Smarter Balanced assesssments will measure student understanding of essential English language arts and math skills needed for college and career success.
New Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-test-run.aspxNew Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'Approximately 25,000 Hawaii public school students will practice taking improved and more engaging annual state tests meant to better gauge their progress toward college and career readiness.
Report shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Access-Learning-Year-1-report.aspxReport shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learningA first-year report on the Department's Access Learning pilot shows the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools.
The serious work behind playtimehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/playground-update.aspxThe serious work behind playtimeA school playground is much more than monkey bars and jungle gyms in an open field. It’s a platform for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Play builds synapses just as much as muscle fibers. Which is why the Department takes playgrounds seriously. (And, notably, set policy for students to get at least 20 minutes’ physical exercise daily.)
Digital devices help accelerate love of learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning-Nagamine.aspxDigital devices help accelerate love of learningThis piece was penned by Moanalua Middle Principal Lisa Nagamine and ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Editorial Section on National Digital Learning Day.
Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Helemano.aspxStrive HI Profile: Helemano ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
'All students are our kuleana'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/AEW2015.aspx'All students are our kuleana'For American Education Week, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It is up to all of us — the DOE, our schools, parents and our community — to put forth our best efforts to empower our students to reach their highest dreams."
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.
Kauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/literacy.aspxKauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationWith little fanfare and a strong commitment to boosting student literacy, Kauai and Waimea high schools are leading the state in reducing English remediation in college. The Garden Island schools have different approaches but a shared goal of "Literacy in all subjects." They'll share what they've learned and what's working for them at a state literacy conference in December.
Hawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-partners-with-national-nonprofit-to-engage-teachers.aspxHawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachersExceptional teacher leaders selected by Hope Street Group will be trained in peer and community engagement, data collection and media strategies –all with the intent of sharing information with the community about the Hawaii Common Core standards.
8 schools selected for Digital Common Core Pilothttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Eight-Hawaii-public-schools-selected-for-Digital-Common-Core-Pilot.aspx8 schools selected for Digital Common Core PilotThe pilot aims to support schools’ implementation of new digital curricula aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which are new learning standards for English language arts and math.
Governor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Governor-recognizes-Keaau-schools’-progress-with-digital-curriculum.aspxGovernor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumFrom the Keaau Elementary school cafeteria, Gov. Neil Abercrombie proclaimed Feb. 6 “Digital Learning Day” in Hawaii and commended Keaau students, faculty and staff for leading the state’s progress in the adoption of a common core digital curriculum.
Parents informed of higher learning expectationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Parents-informed-of-higher-learning-expectations.aspxParents informed of higher learning expectationsHigher standards and better assessments will measure how well students can apply their knowledge to real-life situations, Superintendent Matayoshi tells parents.
Hawaii educators trained on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/test-training.aspxHawaii educators trained on new student assessmentsThe Smarter Balanced assessments will have its first full run in schools this spring. Here's a peek inside the training sessions held for all districts across the state to help prepare school administrators and staff.
Implementing Sexual Health Education at the DOEhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/sexed/Pages/sex-ed-implementation.aspxImplementing Sexual Health Education at the DOEHighlights of findings following the 2013-14 review of sexual health education, including recommendations and actions to improve internal processes.
Welcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Welcome-Back-2015.aspxWelcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiWe are proud to serve Hawai‘i’s children, and we hope you’re proud of your public schools. Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki.

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