In 2017, Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto published
three action strategies to advance the public school system's strategic work — School Design, Teacher Collaboration, and Student Voice. School Design is considered the crux of these as it provides the key supports necessary to make all else function at a high level.
School Design is the purposeful design of schools to ensure that every student is highly engaged in a rigorous, creative and innovative academic curriculum, in their learning environment, and in powerful applied learning practices aligned to college and careers. Each school in the Hawai‘i DOE is fashioning its unique school design reflecting the strengths and aspirations of its community. With a portfolio of School Designs, Hawai‘i will have more transparent ways for industries, businesses, families, community groups, and others to interact with and support their public schools. Supt. Kishimoto discusses what School Design looks like in the video, above.
School Design is one of the student promises in the
2030 Promise Plan, the Hawai‘i DOE’s next iteration of strategic planning which will guide the public school system from 2020 to 2030. The promise is:
"Students will be immersed in excellent learning environments that are thoughtfully designed around a community’s power to contribute to a thriving, sustainable Hawai‘i."
In order to thoughtfully design rigorous, creative, engaging learning environments aligned to college and career, School Design features four design principles, each with a set of indicators to implement each, below. Click here to view what full implementation of the principles and indicators looks like.
Core Values & Mindset
Mission, Vision and Values
|Growth Mindset||Community-Informed Learning||Equity and Access||Leadership Vision|
Curriculum & Learning Design
Standards-Based & Industry-Vetted Curriculum
|Innovation Through Partnerships||Choice, Voice & Collaboration||Access Through Design||Learning Materials|
Technology to Design, Iterate & Collaborate
|Multitiered Systems of Support||Capacity Building||Use of Time||Learning Spaces|
|Student Learning Products & Voice |
|Academic Showcases||Inquiry and Problem Solving||College and Career Pathways|
The 2018 Educational Leadership Institute, which is the Hawai‘i DOE's annual gathering of state, complex area and school leaders, was themed School Design so that leaders could get oriented to the work of these components and indicators. A School Design toolkit is available on the staff Intranet with resources. (Login required.)
As the 2018-19 school year comes to a close, HIDOE schools are in varying stages of School Design implementation. In the video below, Principal Albert Hetrick describes where he and his staff at Aliamanu Middle School are in the School Design process.