Professional Development

Beyond 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.

​​​​​​​Staff opportunities

Education is a dynamic profession. The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support (OCISS) offers a broad array of professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher practice and thereby increase student achievement. Questions can be directed to OCISS at 808-305-9700​. Some examples:

Common Core

  • Algebra 1, Algebra 2
  • English Language Arts
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Civics (Constitutional Origins of Contemporary Challenges)
  • Civics (Hawaii's Experience of American Democracy)

Career and Technical Education

  • Business Pathway
  • Health Services Pathway
  • Natural Resources Pathway
  • Resource Teacher training

Advanced Placement

  • Math
  • Science
  • English

Additional training

  • English Language Learners
  • STEM: Complex Area Support Team training
  • Building community and conflict-resolution skills
  • Drivers Education
  • Increasing health literacy
  • Physical Education Resource Teachers' training

The Leadership Institute

The purpose of the Leadership Institute is to develop leadership capacity system-wide, preparing our leaders to implement systemic change and transform schools to secure the futures of the children we serve. The Institute represents a new model of leadership development, one where we move away from the individual leader as authority to fully embrace the idea that everyone is a leader and everyone a learner. The Leadership Institute is the state-level Academic Review Team lead​. It offers programs and services that include:

Foundations in Operations
Year-round learning opportunities to support temporary assignment vice principals and other school administrators. The purpose is to bolster leadership training around school strategic management issues, including working with the Department's Comprehensive Student Support System, student misconduct issues, facilities management and student transportation, emergency response, special education, talent development and more.

Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL)
Serves as the Department’s primary certification vehicle for certificated leaders who wish to pursue a career pathway in school administration. The two-year HICISL program promotes the performance of aspiring school leaders in their role through coaching, coursework and residency components. Through a series of monthly seminars, professional development focuses on instructional and change leadership around a school improvement process to advance a high performing culture that is student learning-focused.

Leadership Symposium
This one-day professional learning event provides a system of support through sharing of practical evidence-based strategies and tools for learning organizations. Its goal is to build a shared understanding of systems thinking and the change process to implement state/school initiatives to promote all students to be college and career successful. Held annually in the fall, school teams share their experiences with powerful practices to influence a high performing culture of reflection and continuous improvement.

New Principal Academy (NPA)
This induction program provides support through the first two years of a principal’s appointment through high quality professional development, coaching and professional learning opportunities. All components are aligned to the Department’s performance evaluation for school leaders, the state’s six strategic initiatives and Complex Area priorities. The evidence-based program is driven by a collaborative goal-setting process.

New Teacher Center (NTC-Hawaii)
The induction and mentoring program​ is focused on improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of beginning teachers. NTC-Hawaii works with complex areas across the state to develop and implement high quality induction programs advocating for one-on-one mentoring and professional development support for beginning teachers. The program also provides opportunities to nurture the capacity of experienced teachers interested in developing leadership skills and modeling new ways of leading.

State Office Leadership Academy
SOLA is a one-year, cohort-based, professional development academy, with the goal to strengthen participants’ skills to perform as state office leaders. SOLA is designed for state office directors and managers to advance the Hawaii DOE Leader Competencies and the Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ) framework.

Teacher Leader Academy (TLA)
Invites teacher-leaders to participate in job-embedded professional development, including organizational change and strategies to improve professional practice. Applicants shall possess leadership potential and have the ability to work with and motivate others. It kicks off with a four-day Summer Institute, followed by five subsequent workshops scheduled through January, culminating in a Learning Fair in the spring when participants showcase their year-long action research projects to invited notable guests.

Vice Principal Academy (VPA)
Prepares vice principals for principalship by building their mastery of competencies as highly effective partners in school improvement and student achievement. Sessions focus on the vice principals' journey in implementing instructional change at their school and combines problem-based learning with presentations from practicing principals, Department personnel and specialists in the field of educational leadership.



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