About School Design

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. Click the link below to visit our Portfolio of School Designs.


Portfolio of School Designs

​Click through our dynamic map of school designs to see how our schools design
strong and engaging learning environments.

Overview

School Design quadrantsIn 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 every school a great school.

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 families, business and industry, community groups, nonprofit agencies 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."


Four components

In order to thoughtfully design rigorous, creative, engaging learning environments aligned to college and career, School Design features four design principles, 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
Infrastructure

Technology to Design, Iterate & Collaborate

Multitiered Systems of Support
Capacity Building
Use of Time
Learning Spaces
Student Learning Products & Voice​ ​ ​

Personalized Learning

Student Agency

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.


​Learning Organization

School Design plays a role in the effectiveness of a learning organization. The Learning Organization diagram conveys how schools continue to deliver core services while innovating to increase impact and engagement.

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