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Strategic Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlanStrategic PlanThe governing document for the public education system in Hawai‘i provides a common foundation of expectations and supports for public education, centering on closing the achievement gap to ensure equity and excellence for each student. This joint project of the Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) covers the years 2017-2020. An Implementation Plan focuses on three high-impact strategies.
Job Opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunitiesJob OpportunitiesWelcome to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE). Year-round, we hire an array of teachers, educational specialists and staff to cultivate equity and excellence at our public schools.
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.
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.
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.
Public school students see double-digit gains on AP Examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-students-see-double-digit-gains-on-AP-Exams.aspxPublic school students see double-digit gains on AP ExamsHawaii’s public school students continue to show growth on the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams. In a report released today, Hawaii State Department of Education students who were tested last May show double-digit increases in the number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of 3 or higher.
Comprehensive Evaluation System for School Administratorshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/EducatorEffectivenessSystem/Pages/CESSA.aspxComprehensive Evaluation System for School AdministratorsBecause effective school leadership is critical to student achievement, the Department is committed to ensuring principals have the support they need to reach their goals through CESSA.
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.
Hands-on learning flourishes under Farrington partnership with World Surf Leaguehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Farrington-WSL-partnership.aspxHands-on learning flourishes under Farrington partnership with World Surf LeagueFarrington Engineering Academy students are gaining real-world experience and hands-on learning thanks to a productive partnership with the World Surf League. Students spent the past school year designing plans and model-sized versions of a merchandise trailer for the company.
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.
School's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/CAS-Farias-Kilauea-eruption.aspxSchool's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continuesComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this piece about the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea and preparing for the upcoming school year. It ran in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today.
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.
Improved Educator Effectiveness System praisedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Improved-Educator-Effectiveness-System-Praised.aspxImproved Educator Effectiveness System praisedChanges made to improve the Educator Effectiveness System based on teacher feedback helps increase understanding of the supports in place to help them advance their practice, according to a survey.
Educator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator-Effectiveness-System-survey-gathers-teacher-feedback.aspxEducator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackThe survey gathered teacher feedback on their experiences and opinions regarding the Educator Effectiveness System to help better understand its strengths and identify areas for improvement.
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.
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.
Department announces 2017-18 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-18-enrollment.aspxDepartment announces 2017-18 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsHawaii’s public and charter schools saw a slight decrease in enrollment for a total of 179,255 for school year 2017-18 compared to 179,902 last year. This year, HIDOE schools enrolled 168,095 students and charter schools saw an increase of enrollment with 11,160 students.
High School Students Contributing to Graduate-Level Plant DNA Researchhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/High-School-Students-Contributing-to-Graduate-Level-Plant-DNA-Research.aspxHigh School Students Contributing to Graduate-Level Plant DNA ResearchAs part of Waipahu High School’s Biotechnology Science Scholars Program, students from Waipahu, Campbell and Kapolei high schools essentially became an extension of New Jersey-based Rutgers University’s Waksman Institute of Microbiology for the summer.
July 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0718.aspxJuly 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: Hawai'i students team with South Koreans to win e-ICON challenge, students contribute to Rutgers University's plant DNA research, Wilcox Elementary students explain the value of STEM in their learning experience, more stories.
Hawaii State Public Library System kicks off Summer Reading Programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/LibraryServices/Pages/2018-Summer-Reading-Program.aspxHawaii State Public Library System kicks off Summer Reading ProgramRock reading with the Hawaii State Public Library System this summer and win fantastic prizes from Alaska Airlines, Pizza Hut, and more. Help them reach their statewide goal of 13 million minutes read from June 2 through July 14.
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.
Revamping our approach to employmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0718.aspxRevamping our approach to employmentAs the largest employer among Hawaii state government departments, we have a tremendous responsibility to develop and protect our greatest asset — our employees, who each play a role in our mission to support and advance student success. This requires a strategic and thoughtful approach that focuses on the lifetime experience of an employee while in the organization.
Three Hawaii schools to spend next two years working with celebrity artistshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Turnaround-Arts-Hawaii.aspxThree Hawaii schools to spend next two years working with celebrity artistsCelebrity artists Alfre Woodard, Jack Johnson and Jake Shimabukuro helped to launch the Turnaround Arts Hawaii in musical fashion at Kalihi Kai Elementary. Each spent time with students showing them some musical skills before performing at the student assembly. Kamaile Academy and Waianae Elementary School were also selected for the presidential program.
Hawaii joins national Turnaround Arts initiativehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Turnaround-Arts.aspxHawaii joins national Turnaround Arts initiativeMusicians Jack Johnson and Jake Shimabukuru, and actress Alfre Woodard will work with Kalihi Kai Elementary, Kamaile Academy and Waianae Elementary as Turnaround Artists. The program has helped improve academic outcomes in participating schools through intensive arts education.
Department pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaiian-education-assessments.aspxDepartment pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentsHIDOE has taken another step towards advancing Hawaiian language assessments for Hawaiian immersion students. In a collaborative effort with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hawaiian language stakeholders, HIDOE is seeking federal approval for the expansion of the Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes (KAEO) to Grades 5-8.
Hawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT2015Scores.aspxHawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examMore students in the Class of 2015 hit college-ready benchmarks in all four areas of the prominent college entrance exam — English, Math, Reading and Science — than in the year before. Hawaii tests all of its juniors in the ACT. Class of 2015 represents juniors who took the exam in spring 2014.
Farrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FarringtonWSLCTE.aspxFarrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalsThe World Surf League teams up with Farrington High School students to provide mentoring and hands-on learning.
Free meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-to-expand-free-meal-program.aspxFree meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandsThis upcoming school year, HIDOE will expand a USDA free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.
Hawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST-18.aspxHawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingAkeyo Garcia of Ewa Elementary and Masaru Uchino of Momilani Elementary have been awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST. It is the highest award K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. Recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and will engage in education discussions in Washington, D.C.
Strive HI reports show statewide school performance measures remain steadyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-17-Strive-HI.aspxStrive HI reports show statewide school performance measures remain steadyHIDOE shared its 2016-17 Strive HI Performance System results this evening during the Board of Education community meeting. The school accountability system focuses on state and school progress on Strategic Plan Student Success Objectives and provides educators and communities with information to take action for student learning.

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