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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.
Leeward Oahu administrator named Hawaii's 2017 National Distinguished Principalhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-NDP-Nelson.aspxLeeward Oahu administrator named Hawaii's 2017 National Distinguished PrincipalVeteran educator and school leader from Makaha Elementary, Nelson Shigeta, named 2017 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. He will join awardees from the other 49 states in Washington D.C. in October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maui Waena, Chiefess Kamakahelei dominate at 2017 Student Television Network Conventionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2017-STN.aspxMaui Waena, Chiefess Kamakahelei dominate at 2017 Student Television Network ConventionHawaii's public middle and high schools took home 30 awards at the Student Television Network's 2017 Convention in Anaheim, Calif., with the bulk of prizes going to Maui Waena Intermediate and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, at seven each. Hawaii's public schools won four 1st place prizes in the national competition.
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.
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.
Future Ready Learning presentation to Legislaturehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Pages/FRLHILeg.aspxFuture Ready Learning presentation to LegislatureTo scale the Department's digital learning pilot statewide, funds are being sought in the 2015-17 fiscal biennium budget and other sources. The Department briefed a joint session of the education committees of the State Legislature on February 20 to review results of the 1-to-1 digital device pilot program.
Hilo-Waiakea: ‘We’re a K-12 entity, not 13 different schools’http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI-2016-HW.aspxHilo-Waiakea: ‘We’re a K-12 entity, not 13 different schools’The Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area is a standout in this year's College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report. Two-year data trends show both high schools among the leaders in boosting readiness through early college, CTE concentrators and major remediation declines. Educational leaders point to a K-12 construct that's beginning to deliver results.
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.
Software upgrade for Department food services results in streamlined experience for parents and schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-Cafe-Launch.aspxSoftware upgrade for Department food services results in streamlined experience for parents and schoolsHIDOE is rolling out a new program called SchoolCafé that will make it easier for parents to monitor and pay for their child’s school meals online and through a mobile application. The new system provides a number of features including online payments, creating auto-payments, checking account balances and setting up low balance alerts.
Results of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwayshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced.aspxResults of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwaysIn its second year of administering a new, more rigorous testing standard, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. An historic assessment baseline is set for Hawaiian immersion students.
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.
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.
Hawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ESSA-Concerns.aspxHawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing In a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Governor David Ige, Hawaii State Board of Education's Chairperson Lance Mizumoto and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi voiced concerns about the draft regulations and implementation timeline for the Every Students Succeeds Act.

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