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Kaua‘i educators team up to advance student voice‘i educators team up to advance student voiceA team of Garden Isle educators are 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.
'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art award'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardEmma Park, an 8th grader at Wahiawa Middle School, has been named an American Visions nominee in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Her photograph, "Waiting for You," and two other works will be considered for national recognition. A selection of works statewide will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum. “I always saw something in my work, and it makes me really happy that other people see something in it, too.”
Speak Now HIDOE anti-bullying reporting app Now HIDOE anti-bullying reporting appHIDOE's anti-bullying app gives students another option in reporting bullying incidents that happen on campus, on HIDOE transportation, or during HIDOE-sponsored events — digitally, with an option to be anonymous. The reporting tool can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Students can still report any incident in person to a trusted adult.
Social Emotional Learning: Grooming Peace Ambassadors at Manoa Elementary 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.
Public input sought on amendment to Hawai'i's ESSA plan input sought on amendment to Hawai'i's ESSA planIn December 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) informed the Hawaii State Department of Education that its methodology to identify schools’ student subgroups for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (A-TSI), as stated in its approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan, does not meet federal requirements. Hawaii will submit an amendment to its ESSA Plan. A public comment window is open through Jan. 17.
2018 Year in Review Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2018 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
How teachers collaborate to boost student success at Hickam Elementary teachers collaborate to boost student success at Hickam ElementaryTake a peek into the school's Learning Team Time, or LTT, with Curriculum Coach Keith Hamana. This is the behind-the-scenes teamwork of educators to ensure all students are getting what they need to become joyful, lifelong learners on a continuous path of growth.
October 2018 Strive HI 2018 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawai‘i's public school system. In this edition: Three Hawai‘i DOE schools named to the National Blue Ribbon Schools program by the U.S. DOE, three Hawai‘i DOE teachers are in the running for $100,000 grants in the Dream Big Teacher Challenge, the Harvest of the Month program returns with featured ingredient 'ulu, more stories.
Let's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for college's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegeA critical measure that serves as one predictor for college access is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This year, the Hawaii DOE has set a goal to have 70 percent of our seniors complete the FAFSA, and 90 percent in 2020. We all play a role in meeting this goal.
Bullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school system is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: It should go without saying that bullying is not tolerated in an organization or in communities dedicated to educating healthy and joyful lifelong learners who contribute meaningfully to our communities. But to be explicitly clear: Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in Hawai‘i public schools. This piece ran on Sept. 19, 2018 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
2017-18 Strive HI System results Strive HI System resultsLinks to key documents and the press release for Strive HI Performance System results for school year 2017-18, showing how our schools are doing across a range of measurements. Hawai'i's accountability system is aligned with the state's 2017-2020 Strategic Plan as well as federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
SchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alerts invites parents to opt in to text message alertsMost Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools began formally transitioning this week to a SchoolMessenger text-messaging system. As part of this transition, SchoolMessenger sent an automated text message Monday morning from 67587 to HIDOE parents.
Power of Attorney of AttorneyHawaii and U.S. military law govern how a parent or guardian of a minor may use power of attorney to delegate to another person (within designated constraints) any power regarding the care, custody, or property of the minor or ward.
Classroom and collaboration advice and tips from Hawai'i's teachers 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 2018 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 teachers 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.
Rovi Porter: My public school journey Porter: My public school journeyWhen I was asked to reflect on my public school journey, my immediate thought was to highlight the people who have supported me throughout the years. However, I believe the best form of gratitude is not just thanking them, but demonstrating how I’m using what they’ve taught me to be the best person I can be. Here’s my story.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! to the 2018-19 school year!Please review the following letter to parents and guardians and watch our welcome back video from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto. Team HIDOE was also featured each morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise the week leading up to the start of school — access links below to valuable updates and tips for the new school year.
May 2018 Inspire 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.
Supt's Corner: November 2017's Corner: November 2017I was thrilled to celebrate some of our teaching exemplars recently at the ceremony honoring this year’s cohort of Teachers of the Year, state and district — they are creative, energetic and master educators whose impacts are felt individually and broadly.
Multilingualism vision of the Multilingualism for Equitable Education Policy is that all Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools embrace, promote, and perpetuate multilingualism and multiculturalism to support and advance learners, families, and communities.
Our commitment to student civil rights commitment to student civil rightsThe following message from Supt. Christina Kishimoto was sent to all Hawaii DOE staff on April 16, 2018.
Stevenson Middle leader named 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal Middle leader named 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association today named Principal Linell Dilwith from Stevenson Middle School as the 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. Cecile LaMar from Makaha Elementary was honored as the 2018 Hawaii Outstanding Vice Principal.
Teachers drive improvement through Hawaii Lab Cohorts 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.
Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Bill of Rights and ResponsibilitiesThis document outlines rights and responsibilities for all students who attend Hawaii DOE schools. It was adopted on March 7, 1974. A copy is distributed annually to staff and a copy shall be kept in every school office. In addition, students and families should also review the Student Code of Conduct, BOE Policy 101-1.
April 2018 Education Update 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.
Students test their workplace skills at CTSO convention test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionStudent members of four Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) representing schools statewide competed in performance tasks at the 2018 CTSO Convention on Feb. 22-23. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) held its statewide convention March 27-29 on Hawaii Island. Congratulations to the top finishers!
College and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt High and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt HighStudents belonging to Roosevelt High's College & Career Committee wanted to host a fair on campus in which the whole school would participate. The event held today included representatives from nearly 40 local colleges and organizations, and nearly 100 speakers who provided career insights and advice.
National Student Walkout movement guidance Student Walkout movement guidanceHIDOE has advised schools to consider creating a designated area and encourage students to share ideas for improving campus safety and culture. HIDOE supports Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free expression. Disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable. Students who leave school will be marked with an unexcused tardiness or absence. Participation in an organized walkout is voluntary.
February 2018 Inspire 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.

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