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Future Ready Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-ReadyFuture Ready LearningTeaching and learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom and the structure of a bell schedule. With the right tools, supports and professional practice, teachers will engage more students in blended learning environments and prepare them for a future of college, career and community readiness.
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.
Hawaii a model for rest of the countryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-a-model-for-rest-of-the-country.aspxHawaii a model for rest of the countryU.S. Department of Education monitoring report praises progress in Hawaii's public school system, from the implementation of high academic standards to supports provided to educators and students.
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.
All voices welcome in shaping our education futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/All-voices-welcome-in-shaping-our-education-future.aspxAll voices welcome in shaping our education futureSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi provided an update to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the progress made in receiving community feedback for the HIDOE/BOE Strategic Plan and ESSA State Plan, as well as plans for Phase II outreach.
Industry-led coalition launched to prepare next generation of Hawaii workforcehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/C2C-Launch.aspxIndustry-led coalition launched to prepare next generation of Hawaii workforce​The Hawaii State Department of Education announced its Connect to Careers (C2C) coalition today alongside business and education partners. The initiative is designed to collaboratively prepare students for success in high-skill, in-demand career pathways.
Librarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/slj.aspxLibrarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitiesSchool Library Journal honored two public school librarians in Hawaii this year: Michelle Colte (Hale Kula El) and Denise Sumida (Pearl Harbor El). What do they have in common? Using technology to promote literacy and community, with a focus on student support and learning.
April 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0417.aspxApril 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Annual report shows college and career readiness up strongly in early college and reduced remediation, celebrating leadership at Lanakila El, Bright Spot story on the Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area's strong results, Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi writes about Month of the Military Child.
Construction boom forcing delay in cooling public school classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Construction-boom-forcing-delay-in-cooling-public-school-classrooms.aspxConstruction boom forcing delay in cooling public school classroomsDann Carlson, Assistant Superintendent for the Office of School Facilities and Support Services, penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser to provide an update on HIDOE's heat abatement efforts.
Report on college readiness for the Class of 2016 shows increases in post-high school preparationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-CCRI.aspxReport on college readiness for the Class of 2016 shows increases in post-high school preparationThe College and Career Readiness Indicators Report for the Class of 2016, released by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, show that Hawaii students continue to reach higher levels of achievement, with more students taking college-level courses while in high school and graduating with college credits.
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.
Department of Education moves forward on energy efficiency goalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/honowaiefficiency.aspxDepartment of Education moves forward on energy efficiency goalsHonowai Elementary in Waipahu is the first HIDOE campus to complete a school retrofit with campus-wide energy efficiencies and energy generation. These efforts are part of the Department's Ka Hei program that integrates innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs.
Leaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hookele.aspxLeaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school Ho'okele Elementary is the 256th HIDOE school and serves Kapolei. It will have an initial enrollment of about 450 with capacity for 750 students.
Board approves policy change in teacher evaluationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-approves-policy-changes.aspxBoard approves policy change in teacher evaluationThe BOE approved recommendations to revise its policy on Teacher Performance Evaluation. Joint-committee members of the HSTA and HIDOE presented the recommended changes, which were subsequently recommended by Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to the BOE removing student test scores as required for teacher performance evaluation.
More contractors show interest in Department cooling projectshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-contractors-show-interest-in-HIDOE-cooling-projects-.aspxMore contractors show interest in Department cooling projectsA number of qualified contractors have answered the call to apply for heat abatement work in an effort to cool more classrooms. Since March, the number of prequalified contractors has increased from 18 to 36 as HIDOE prepares to put projects back out to bid.
Public and Charter school enrollment remains steady with increases in most gradeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOEEnrollment1617.aspxPublic and Charter school enrollment remains steady with increases in most gradesHawaii’s 256 public and 34 charter schools saw enrollment dip slightly for a total of 179,902 students for the 2016-17 school year. The greatest enrollment changes were in first and second grades as public schools are still seeing an impact due to the change to the Kindergarten entry age.
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.
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.
Washington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxWashington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the YearWashington Middle School teacher Sung Man Park was named Hawaii's 2017 State Teacher of the Year. The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Community partnerships with public schools thriving in Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Community-Partnerships-Thrive.aspxCommunity partnerships with public schools thriving in HawaiiIn caring for our children, many have heard the saying, “It takes a village.” That saying holds true in public education, where community partners support Hawaii’s commitment to developing young minds through grants and projects that enrich the learning environment.
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 roundup of posts to social media and stories of the successes of the Class of 2017, plus a video we put together of the celebrations.
Board unanimously approves Hawaii ESSA Plan for submissionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ESSA-Plan-Submission-Approval.aspx Board unanimously approves Hawaii ESSA Plan for submissionThe Board of Education unanimously approved the submission of the Hawaii Consolidated State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act to the U.S. Department of Education. The plan serves as Hawaii’s application for federal funds, providing resources for public schools to support students in achieving equity and excellence.
Hawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Career-Prep-Grant.aspxHawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people HIDOE has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed career readiness action plan, an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state.
June 2017 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0617.aspxJune 2017 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawaii's public school system. In this edition: the Hawai‘i DOE receives a national innovation award, the final phase of the Get on Board student transportation initiative rolls out, the Maunakea Scholars program is formalized to provide more research opportunities for public high school students at Maunakea Observatories, more.
Hawaii is ahead of President’s call to reduce testing in schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/reduce-testing.aspxHawaii is ahead of President’s call to reduce testing in schoolsLast school year, the HIDOE performed a review of all of the assessments required by the state. Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi and Deputy Stephen Schatz listened to concerns from the field. As a result, HIDOE streamlined the state requirements for testing students for this school year.
HIDOE announces transition centers initiative in honor of late Congressman K. Mark Takai http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Takai-Transition-Centers.aspxHIDOE announces transition centers initiative in honor of late Congressman K. Mark Takai In partnership with Hawaii 3Rs and the Military Affairs Council, HIDOE announced today an effort to develop high-quality transition centers for Hawaii public schools. The effort is in honor of late Congressman K. Mark Takai, who was a staunch advocate for Hawaii’s students and supporter of military-dependent students throughout his career.
Recruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/krieg.aspxRecruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityThis piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's editorial section on Sept. 6, 2016. It was written by Barbara Krieg, assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Students are at the center of thinking, year-round, in the DOE's efforts to vet qualified teachers.
Hawaii public school students outpace nation in gains on AP Examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-public-school-students-outpace-nation-in-gains-on-AP-Exams.aspxHawaii public school students outpace nation in gains on AP ExamsHawaii’s public school students are exceeding the nation in gains on the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams over the year prior. The AP results for HIDOE students who were tested last May show increases in the number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of 3 or higher.
'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-student-art-exhibit.aspx'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantsWith dreams of ocean and beach firmly in mind, 96 students grades K-6 from across the Islands were selected for the annual juried exhibition at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Students discover career options at the bottom of petri disheshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Waipahu-High-Science-Symposium.aspxStudents discover career options at the bottom of petri dishesWaipahu High students showcased their summertime research at the school's first annual Science Scholars Program Symposium. Using distance learning tools, they collaborated with Rutgers University scientists who reviewed student data and provided immediate feedback. Teacher Michael Sana, who secured funding for the program, hopes to see more schools join. "It truly engages the student's natural curiosity to solve the unknown."

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