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Educator Effectiveness Systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/EducatorEffectivenessSystemEducator Effectiveness SystemThe Educator Effectiveness System (EES) is a comprehensive evaluation system that sets clear expectations for effective teaching, provides educators with quality feedback and support to improve their effectiveness with students, and informs professional development.
Graduation Requirementshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/GraduationRequirementsGraduation RequirementsAcademic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition, with information about the Personal Transition Plan that is required of all students.
Computer Sciencehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CSforHIComputer ScienceComputer Science (CS) is much more than using a computer and coding. It’s multidisciplinary and provides a platform for fun, relevant, and engaging learning. Hawai‘i has a draft action plan to address how to implement CS learning in all our schools with fidelity and equity that also reflects the urgency of preparing students for in-demand and lucrative careers in CS fields and beyond.
Connect to Careers — C2Chttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/C2CConnect to Careers — C2CC2C is an industry-led coalition for Hawai‘i's economic future to collaboratively prepare students for success in high-skill, in-demand careers at both state and regional levels. It is a business-led effort with aligned K-16 curriculum and opportunities that will be tracked for effectiveness via data and industry feedback. Partners include employers, state educational systems, funders, and workforce and economic development agencies.
Adult Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/AdultEducationAdult EducationThe Adult Education Program offers a variety of courses for adult learners including basic education, English literacy and civics. It also offers degrees including the GED and Competency-Based Diploma. The adult schools also coordinate the Department's substitute teacher course.
Financial Literacyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/FinLitFinancial LiteracyFinancial literacy is the capacity, based on knowledge, skills and access, to manage financial resources effectively. To develop this capacity, individuals must have appropriate access to and understanding of financial products, services, and concepts.
Malama Honuahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/MHMalama HonuaMālama Honua is the Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian sailing canoe Hōkūle‘a, which spread learning grounded in culture and sustainability during its three-year, 60,000-mile journey around the earth. Mālama Honua is a journey of transformation and self-discovery that aims to inspire communities everywhere to rethink and engage. While this worldwide voyage has ended, the Educational Wa‘a sail on.
An Expectation of Collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/ExpectationAn Expectation of CollegeThe public school system in Hawaii is charged with preparing our students for life. Life, increasingly, requires knowledge and skill sets that can best be achieved through a post-secondary education — from 2-year job certification to doctoral programs. Our Strategic Plan directs that more students be ready for and enroll in college. This page offers an overview of initiatives and results aligned with that effort.
Behavioral Supportshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/SupportsBehavioral SupportsSchools use the Comprehensive Student Support System to provide proactive, positive, customized and timely interventions, services and support — compassionately — so all students will succeed to their greatest potential.
Multilingualismhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/MultilingualismMultilingualismThe vision of the Multilingualism for Equitable Education Policy is that all Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools embrace, promote, and perpetuate multilingualism and multiculturalism to support and advance learners, families, and communities.
Preparing for Collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/PreparingForCollegePreparing for CollegeGoing to college is more than a decision — it's a process. Here are helpful resources to guide students and parents as they prepare for college applications, acceptance and success.
Dual credit programshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/DualCreditDual credit programsDual Credit allows Hawaii DOE high school students to take classes that satisfy requirements for both a Hawaii high school diploma and a University of Hawaii degree. Nine UH campuses are participating. Students attending other college institutions should check whether the credits can transfer. The two most common programs are Early College and Running Start.
Early Childhoodhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/EarlyChildhoodEarly ChildhoodEarly Childhood Education includes programs and services for children from birth through age 8. The Department offers direct services to all children in grades K-3 and for 3- and 4-year-olds in special education. Limited pre-k programming is available for the 2015-16 school year; click link below to connect with our Early Learning page.
Learning Centershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/LearningCentersLearning CentersThe Department's Learning Centers Program provides students and their parents with greater academic choice by creating distinctive, specialized and excellent programs within public education. Learning Centers are established within our schools with each Learning Center organized around a single theme or focus area.
Artshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/ArtsArtsArts programs at our public schools teach students to see and understand the world around them, and interpret that understanding through their own unique lens. Students develop visually literate and aesthetically sensitive skills.
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 Common Corehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandardsHawaii Common CoreHawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. They align with college and workforce expectations, are clear and consistent, include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, are evidence-based, and are informed by standards in top-performing countries.
Media Kithttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/MediaKitMedia KitKey facts about the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), contact list, fact sheets, reports, data, and other items to assist the media and interested parties.
Next Generation Science Standardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/ngssNext Generation Science StandardsThe Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provide a framework for three-dimensional science teaching and learning in grades K-12 and set expectations for what students should be able to know and do in science. The NGSS were adopted by the Board of Education in February 2016 and will be fully implemented in schools by the 2019-20 school year.
Smarter Balancedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessmentSmarter BalancedThe Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) are aligned to the Hawaii Common Core Standards, and designed to measure whether students are "on track" for readiness in college and/or career. These are mandatory assessments given to students in grades 3-8 and 11.
Charter Schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducationInnovation/CharterSchoolsCharter SchoolsHawai'i's public charter schools are operated and managed by independent governing boards. They operate under a performance contract with the State Public Charter School Commission. If you're interested in learning more about Hawaii's charter schools, please connect with the Charter School Commission.
Special Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducationSpecial EducationSpecial education is specially designed instruction and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, and can include academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and counseling services. The Department provides these services at no cost to families to anyone aged 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.
Induction and Mentoringhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/InductionAndMentoringInduction and MentoringTeachers are the single most important factor in determining student success. If we expect all students to succeed, it is imperative that we accelerate our efforts to ensure every student has a highly skilled teacher. Creating rigorous induction programs that help beginning teachers quickly become as effective as experienced teachers is one of our greatest opportunities for positive change in education today.
Professional Developmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/ProfessionalDevelopmentProfessional DevelopmentBeyond curricular supports, the Department makes professional development opportunities available to teachers and support staff. In addition, the Leadership Institute was created in 2013 with the goal to align the Department's training and development opportunities into an educational/skills pipeline that would also cultivate a culture of leadership among teachers and principals.
Gifted and Talentedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/GiftedandTalentedGifted and TalentedThe Gifted and Talented Program develops statewide policies and research-based standards, provides leadership, technical assistance and monitoring guidelines for quality gifted and talented education for the state. With available resources, each school designs programs to serve the needs of identified gifted/talented students; these differentiated programs include enrichment activities, acceleration and/or honors classes.
STEMhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/StemSTEMSTEM education integrates the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using scientific inquiry and engineering design as unifying processes. STEM emphasizes innovation and the development of problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Emphasizing arts creates engaging new pathways for learning.
Learner Outcomeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/LearnerOutcomesLearner OutcomesThe Department's General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) are the overarching goals of standards-based learning for all students in all grade levels.
ACThttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/ActACTHIDOE makes the ACT with writing available for grade 11 to measure student progress toward and readiness for post-secondary plans. The exam is optional. The ACT Aspire exams for grades 8-10 have been eliminated from the Hawai‘i DOE testing portfolio.
Advanced Placementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/AdvancedPlacementAdvanced PlacementStudents may receive college credit if they receive a score of 3 or more on the AP exam taken in May. Students may take an AP exam without enrolling in an AP course; most high schools offer an array of these courses. AP exams are optional.
Virtual Learning Networkhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducationInnovation/VirtualLearningNetworkVirtual Learning NetworkUnder HVLN, students take online courses via the E-School Program, educators enroll in online professional development courses via Project Inspire, and schools receive technology integration and consultative services and video conferencing support.

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