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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.
'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2019-HRSAA.aspx'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.”
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.
Public input sought on amendment to Hawai'i's ESSA planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystem/Pages/ESSA-amendment.aspxPublic 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 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.
How teachers collaborate to boost student success at Hickam Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/KeithHamanaTC.aspxHow 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 HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/1018.aspxOctober 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 collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/091718.aspxLet'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 systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Supt-Kishimoto-091918.aspxBullying 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.
SchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolMessenger.aspxSchoolMessenger 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.
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.
Rovi Porter: My public school journeyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/rovi-porter.aspxRovi 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!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Supt-18-19.aspxWelcome 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 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.
Stevenson Middle leader named 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principalhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Middle-leader-named-2018-Hawaii-National-Distinguished-Principal.aspxStevenson 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 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.
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.
Students test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/ctso-2018.aspxStudents 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 Highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/roosevelt-college-career-fair-18.aspxCollege 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.
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.
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.
December 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/1217.aspxDecember 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: The Strategic Plan Dynamic Report allows the public to easily view data sets of our key performance indicators, principals leading at their alma maters, a Bright Spots profile of Pauoa Elementary, grants awarded to schools, Supt. Kishimoto discusses how we make room for innovation while keeping focus on the teaching and learning core.
Pauoa Elementary: The little school that didhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/StriveHI17-Pauoa.aspxPauoa Elementary: The little school that didThis small Title I school is at the epicenter of an academic earthquake. With high achievement results in language arts, mathematics and science, and a low achievement gap between students with high-needs and their peers, more students are getting what they need to learn at the highest levels at this school. Here's what they're doing.
New online tool provides greater insight on department progresshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan-Dynamic-Report.aspxNew online tool provides greater insight on department progressIn an effort to make performance data easily available to the public, HIDOE today announced the launch of its Strategic Plan Dynamic Report at the BOE meeting. The new online resource allows the public to view data across performance indicators identified in the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.
November 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/1117.aspxNovember 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Congratulations to Vanessa Ching, 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year; leadership appointments and honors, Stevenson Middle updates computer lab with assist from the Clippers Foundation, watch the replay of "Designing Schools for Hawai‘i's Future" on ‘Olelo, more stories.
Stars align for school leaders who return to alma matershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Stars-align-for-HIDOE-leaders-who-return-to-alma-maters.aspxStars align for school leaders who return to alma matersIn celebration of National Principals Month, HIDOE is highlighting a special group of Hawaii public school grads that have returned to their alma maters to lead – as principals. It’s driven by a sense of school pride.
Honoka‘a High's heartfelt mahalo for the Thanksgiving kahiauhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/Honokaa-thanks.aspxHonoka‘a High's heartfelt mahalo for the Thanksgiving kahiauThe students of the Leadership Training Program at Honoka‘a High School wrote this thank you letter to the community for helping them organize and fund a Thanksgiving outreach effort that included turkey dinners served at the school and delivered to folks in need in the community. It is one of several projects planned to practice kahiau: doing without expecting anything in return.
Parents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SQS.aspxParents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 15, 2016.
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.
Students spread pono through campuses, communitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/pono-2016.aspxStudents spread pono through campuses, communitiesThe annual E Ola Pono campaign rewards student-led efforts to increase peace, kindness and belonging. As a cultural response to bullying and other negative behaviors in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.​ For 2016, six schools were selected and will receive cash awards.
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.
Leading with the state’s vision for education, public input sought on Strategic Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan.aspxLeading with the state’s vision for education, public input sought on Strategic PlanThe Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) are seeking critical public input on a review and extension of its joint Strategic Plan.
Student voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Olelo.aspxStudent voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardsWaianae public schools sweep the expert division and public schools win most top prizes in the annual event that aims to cultivate student voice, perspective, and storytelling.
Aloha, Class of 2016!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Class-of-2016.aspxAloha, Class of 2016!Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.
A heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea Scholarshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/CFHT-mahalo.aspxA heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea ScholarsStudents in the first cohort of Maunakea Scholars offer thanks to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope staff and University of Hawaii mentors for assisting with their research of the stars. The program, the first of its kind in the world, grants telescope time to public high school students for independent research.
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.
Students take passion for percussion to a national levelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/HYPE.aspxStudents take passion for percussion to a national levelAn ensemble of dedicated percussionists and their director share a passion for music in a unique opportunity for Hawaii students.
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.
USDOE recognizes State's Race to the Top progresshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USDOE-Recognizes-State-Two-Year-Race-to-the-Top-Progress.aspxUSDOE recognizes State's Race to the Top progressHONOLULU - The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) today released its two-year report on the 12 Race to the Top (RTTT) grantees, which includes Hawaii. The report covers the progress made through August 2012.
Trio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars Programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USPSP2014.aspxTrio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars ProgramThe Department is pleased to announce that public school seniors make up half of the Hawaii semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Nicole Fernandez of Radford High, Trent Hori of Maui High, and Viola Mocz of Mililani High are among 565 students chosen nationally on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.
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.
Strive HI System replaces parts of NCLBhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-Performance-System-replaces-components-of-federal-NCLB-requirements.aspxStrive HI System replaces parts of NCLB​​​​The Department is pleased to announce it has received federal approval for the Strive HI Performance System, designed to ensure all students graduate college- and career-ready. The new school accountability and improvement system granted by the U.S. Department of Education replaces many requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with multiple measures of success to meet the needs of Hawaii’s students, educators and schools.
Strive HI Performance System results adjusted for nine schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-Performance-System-results-adjusted-for-nine-schools.aspxStrive HI Performance System results adjusted for nine schoolsThe Hawaii State Department of Education today issued adjustments to Strive HI Performance System results for nine schools. The revisions were made after further analysis of the system’s criteria.
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.
Superintendent Matayoshi rated 'Exceptional' by Board of Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Superintendent-Matayoshi-rated-'Exceptional'-by-Board-of-Education.aspxSuperintendent Matayoshi rated 'Exceptional' by Board of EducationSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi has earned the top rating of “exceptional” from the Hawaii State Board of Education in her annual job performance evaluation. Members praised the DOE's progress on a host of initiatives to improve student outcomes.
Chronic Absenteeism in Hawaii's public schools plummets 39 percenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-2013-14.aspxChronic Absenteeism in Hawaii's public schools plummets 39 percentReducing chronic absenteeism is a strong predictor of academic success. Science proficiency also rose to 40 percent from 34 percent. As public schools transition to new standards and an aligned assessment, new baseline scores for reading and math proficiency are being set.
Strive HI appeals lead to slight changes in school, state resultshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-appeals-lead-to-slight-changes-in-school,-state-results.aspxStrive HI appeals lead to slight changes in school, state resultsThe statewide reading and science proficiency rates improve slightly over previously reported figures, after adjustments were made to 12 schools' data, results and/or Index scores during the data review process.
Hawaii's school performance system granted full approval for three yearshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/strive-hi-approval-2015.aspxHawaii's school performance system granted full approval for three yearsThe U.S. Department of Education announces the state's Strive HI system for school accountability and improvement is approved without conditions for three years. It allows flexibility from certain provisions of federal education law.
Arne Duncan praises Hawaii's education leadershiphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Secretary-Duncan-visit.aspxArne Duncan praises Hawaii's education leadershipHONOLULU – Hawaii’s public schools can be a model for the nation, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who visited two schools on March 31 before returning to Washington, D.C. Sec. Duncan, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Schools Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi spoke with media in reflecting on the progress made during the last three years based on the Race to the Top (RTTT) federal education reform grant.
School staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/positive-places.aspxSchool staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placesLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Maui News. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
Imua Class of 2015!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/imua-class-of-2015.aspxImua Class of 2015!With more than 10,000 seniors graduating, it's been a crazy, emotional, and exciting couple of weeks across the Islands. Congratulations and good luck graduates! Enjoy this roundup of photos, videos and quotes from friends, family, schools, news outlets and more.
Student inspires through dance, leadership, academicshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/jacob-ly.aspxStudent inspires through dance, leadership, academicsHawaii students in both public and private schools take the ACT college-entrance exam early in the school year. A perfect score is 36. And that’s exactly what Kalani High senior Jacob Ly achieved — all while balancing a 4.0 GPA, student activities and being one of the state’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet.
Kahuku High student's photo selected for national displayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Makoa-Ho.aspxKahuku High student's photo selected for national displayA spontaneous photo taken by teen Makoa Ho, a 2014 Kahuku High and Intermediate School graduate, is one of only 56 national award-winning works chosen for display at Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Department of Education Building on Sept. 19.
'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/mckinley-senior-luau.aspx'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendsStudent leaders in the Ambassadors program, who have been volunteering at nearby senior housing, find a new way to battle loneliness and depression among our kupuna.
Passion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Passion-to-help-people-fuels-Kauai-graduate's-success.aspxPassion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successKapaa High graduate Cassidy Yatsko lives by her words of advice, “Don’t just let opportunities come to you – you should go to them or you’ll miss out on a lot of cool ways to grow as a person.”
3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PBS-SRL-cohort.aspx3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyGiel Marie Tolentino and Zoe Whitney, both grade 11 from Maui High, and John Fabella, grade 8 from Maui Waena Intermediate, are among 18 students selected from around the country for the first Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.
How did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Uradomo.aspxHow did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.The Kula violinist who just graduated from King Kekaulike High is the only student from Hawaii selected to join the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The prestigious musical program embarks on a nine-city tour in July with several stops in China.
2014 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-Year-in-Review.aspx2014 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2014 by our schools, educators and keiki.
1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peoplehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/aalii.aspx1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peopleʻAʻaliʻikumakani Dukelow, a 2015 graduate of Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Kekaulike on Maui, earns a $2,500 scholarship and summer learning and cultural exchange in Washington, D.C., with his winning essay about cultivating taro.
Campbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/campbell-samsung.aspxCampbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalsJCHS is one of 15 public schools named national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which aims to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. They've won a $35,000 technology grant, and will present their project to a live panel of judges on March 18 in New York City. If named to the Top 5, they'll win a $120,000 grant.
Sept. 2014 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Sept--2014-Education-Update.aspxSept. 2014 Education UpdateStories include Hawaii's chronic absenteeism plummeting 39%, Superintendent's takeaways on the Strive HI System results, leadership during Hurricane Iselle, opportunities for teachers and schools.
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.
Kahaluu Elementary goes 'holiday green'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/Kahaluu-Elementary-goes-'holiday-green'.aspxKahaluu Elementary goes 'holiday green'Santa’s elves delivered early gifts to Kahaluu Elementary’s 304 students, who came to school and found 12 replanted sustainability gardens with taro, five stone benches, one huge lanai between the cafeteria and library, and newly laid pavers.
2013 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2013-Year-in-Review.aspx2013 Year in ReviewThe end of a tremendous year is upon us. Over the past 12 months, we have made extraordinary progress in our efforts to transform Hawaii’s public school system.
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.
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.
'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/principal-eisenhour.aspx'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko ElementaryAfter several months shuttered due to the lava flow that threatened Pahoa town, and the relocation of students and staff to other campuses, Keonepoko reopened for School Year 2015-16. New Principal Kasey Eisenhour reports that despite significant work involved in reopening, everyone's happy to be back. "It's like being back at home."
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.
Sheena Alaiasa's string of successes continueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Sheena-Alaiasa.aspxSheena Alaiasa's string of successes continuesSheena Alaiasa is having a year to remember. In the spring, her school, Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School, was named a Department of Education Strive HI winner for making one of the biggest turnarounds in recent years.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec. 2014 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Dec-2014.aspxDec. 2014 Education UpdateRoundup of stories from our public schools, teacher/school opportunities, upcoming events and Supt's Corner column. Includes upcoming Hour of Code activities in schools, Supt. Matayoshi's reflections on "ConnectED to the Future" in Washington D.C. and Hawaii's own Future Ready Learning push, and new leadership in human resources and facilities.
Insight: Public schools need flexibility, but be clear about what kindhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/school-flexibility.aspxInsight: Public schools need flexibility, but be clear about what kindThis op-ed, which ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, was authored by organizational partners Bill Reeves of The Learning Coalition and Terry George of The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
STEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/STEM-carts-donation-to-boost-Hawaii's-Race-to-the-Top-initiatives---.aspxSTEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativesThe Department has received a $50,000 donation to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi announced.
STEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/STEM-Night-MMS.aspxSTEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle SchoolParents and their children flock to a growing event at Mililani Middle School dedicated to hands-on learning for STEM.
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!
Strive HI Profile: Mokapu Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/strive-hi-mokapu.aspxStrive HI Profile: Mokapu 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!
Strive HI Profile: Noelani Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Noelani.aspxStrive HI Profile: Noelani 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!
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!
'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.
At Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/SBpreview.aspxAt Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testThe Smarter Balanced assessment, aligned with our higher learning standards, debuts this spring. At Lanakila Elementary, teachers and staff organized a parent night to help families see what their children will be doing.
Lehua Elementary named 'Lighthouse School'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Lehua-Elementary-named-'Lighthouse-School'.aspxLehua Elementary named 'Lighthouse School'Lehua's designation follows a rigorous three-year certification of integrating leadership across nine areas. It is the first school in Hawaii to earn the label, and the 45th in the world.
What Malama Honua looks like at the school levelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Lunalilo-Malama-Honua.aspxWhat Malama Honua looks like at the school levelLunalilo Elementary aligned its project-based curriculum, cultural education and community outreach to the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson: “I know that if we have 10,000 Lunalilos, the voyage is worth it.”
Strive HI — Aug. 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/August-2014.aspxStrive HI — Aug. 2014Roundup of news stories from around Hawaii's public schools: Strive HI Performance System results, teacher effectiveness ratings released, Year 1 results of the Access Learning pilot, rewarding data champions, new student member of the BOE welcomed.
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.
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.
Sept. 2013 Strive HI Enewshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/Sept--17-Strive-HI-Enews.aspxSept. 2013 Strive HI EnewsIn this issue: Top-performing schools awarded $1 million in Strive HI Awards, Supt. Matayoshi receives top rating by Hawaii's Board of Education, applicants sought for 2014 spelling bee, Polynesian Voyaging Society extends ports of call through the Islands, military volunteers recognized.
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.
Washington Middle leader honored as 2017 National Distinguished Principalhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Washington-Middle-leader-honored-as-2017-National-Distinguished-Principal.aspxWashington Middle leader honored as 2017 National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators (HASSA) named Principal Michael Harano from Washington Middle School the 2017 National Distinguished Principal. He was honored at a luncheon today, which also kicked off National Principals Month.
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.
October 2016 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/October-2016.aspxOctober 2016 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Hawaii public schools outpacing nation in gains on Advanced Placement exams, Board recognizes positive gains in Superintendent's evaluation, Campbell High hits milestone with AVID program, celebrating our employees of the year, and a guest column from King Kekaulike Principal Mark Elliott on the importance of supporting & cultivating leadership.
Hawaii schools make notable improvements in annual Strive HI performance system updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI.aspxHawaii schools make notable improvements in annual Strive HI performance system update2015-16 Strive HI Performance System results show progress in Statewide averages in several key metrics including: a three point increase in the number of schools meeting English Language Arts/Literacy standards, a one point increase meeting Mathematics standards and a two point increase meeting Science proficiency.
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.
The Kapa‘a Way delivershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Kapaa.aspxThe Kapa‘a Way deliversPrincipal Daniel Hamada started leading Kapa‘a High in 2010-11, and right out of the gate faced some big challenges, particularly with his freshmen. He put in place a student learning pipeline and supports structure known as The Kapa‘a Way, and encouraged his educators to lead in curriculum and instruction. The effort resulted in a major turnaround for the school. First in a series profiling Strive HI System success stories.
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.
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."
Grants build legacies at schools http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/KanoelaniLegacy.aspxGrants build legacies at schools Over the course of the last two months students, parents, staff, and volunteers from the Locations Foundation worked on changing the landscape of Kanoelani Elementary School. They gathered to work on the “Legacy Project,” based on a $25,000 grant from the Locations Foundation.
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.
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.
Keaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Shuttle-Reconstruction.aspxKeaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionAfter overcoming adversity, the Keaau High School Cougars are soaring to new heights with a reconstruction of a space shuttle replica, which will be unveiled to the public on Jan. 28, 2016 at 4 p.m. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Challenger mission and will honor NASA astronaut, hero, and Big Island native Ellison Onizuka.
Updated Strategic Plan to be presented to Boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Updated-Strategic-Plan-to-be-presented-to-Board.aspxUpdated Strategic Plan to be presented to BoardOn Dec. 6, the updated Strategic Plan will be presented to the Board of Education (BOE) for adoption. This joint project of the Department of Education (DOE) and BOE covers the years 2017-2020. It is an update and extension of the 2012 plan, following a broad community review in 2016.
Student-centered Strategic Plan approved by Boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan-approved.aspxStudent-centered Strategic Plan approved by BoardThe Hawaii State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the update and extension of the Strategic Plan with amendments. The plan will be used to guide the Department and its schools from 2017-20 with implementation starting next year.
Using math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/3D-modeling.aspxUsing math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkMath teacher Minna Chanhboury at Kalakaua Middle is using the STEM Pre-Academy’s 3D modeling resources to create an engaging performance task for her 6th grade math students — understanding the net of common household boxes.
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.
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.
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.
More Hawaii schools make notable gains; join the ranks of the high performershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/strive-hi-2014-15.aspxMore Hawaii schools make notable gains; join the ranks of the high performersThe Strive HI Performance System provides data to schools and offices to customize supports and interventions where schools need them most. The annual reports provide a snapshot of how schools are doing in achievement, growth, readiness and reducing the achievement gap.
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.
'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."
2016 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Year-in-Review.aspx2016 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2016 by our schools, educators and keiki.
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.
Parents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-Quality-Survey.aspxParents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 17, 2017. All responses will remain anonymous.
Cultivating the next generation of astronomershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Next-generation-astronomers.aspxCultivating the next generation of astronomersStudents from Kapolei High School were selected to receive observation time at one of the world's most powerful telescopes for their scientific research, thanks to the new Maunakea Scholars program. The program grew from a discussion about leveraging educational and community partnerships to infuse schools with opportunity.
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."
Congratulations, Class of 2017!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2017-graduation-ceremonies.aspxCongratulations, Class of 2017!Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated from our schools this year. Across the Islands, graduates were showered with love and suffocated with lei from friends and family. Enjoy this video roundup of the celebrations.
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.
Educators take team approach to building leadership skillshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Educators-take-team-approach-to-building-leadership-skills.aspxEducators take team approach to building leadership skillsDeputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz and Teri Ushijima, who heads up HIDOE's Leadership Institute, share with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser how the Department is scaling its success through innovative programs.
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.
School Every Day is life changinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystem/Pages/chronic-absence.aspxSchool Every Day is life changingDid you know that one of the strongest predictors of student success or failure is, on the surface, one that seems easy to do? Chronic Absenteeism — missing 15 or more days in a school year, just two or three days a month — leads to a host of academic ailments. Here's how you can help.
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!
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.

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