September 2016 Inspire

21-Sep-2016

Inspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: Meet the new cohort of peer mentors in McKinley High's Ignition Program who help incoming freshmen feel safe and welcome, Campbell High's AVID program named among the top 1 percent of such programs nationwide, students weigh in on redesigning schools, more.

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SEPTEMBER 2016

McKinley High Ignition Program
Creating a safe space for incoming freshmen
Initiatives like McKinley High's Ignition Program provide peer mentoring and support to ensure students succeed in 9th grade, which can be a challenging transition. These efforts statewide are paying off, with numbers of student misconduct offenses and suspensions dropping. STORY  

AVID TEACHES STUDENTS TO THRIVE UNDER PRESSURE
In 2004, Campbell High was the first public school in Hawaii to launch an AVID program. Since then, the school's program has expanded and is now in the top 1 percent of such schools nationwide. STORY  

WEIGHING IN ON 'REDESIGNING SCHOOLS'
If students could design schools, what would they look like? This was the challenge posed to several student teams in a design thinking exercise as part of the state's revision of its Strategic Plan. Here's what happened. VIDEO  

KENT ONE OF 58 SELECTED FOR NATIONAL PIONEER PROGRAM
Kailua Elementary teacher and technology coordinator Greg Kent was named to the national Ultimaker Education Pioneers program to share lessons and best practices in adding 3D printers and tools to classroom curricula. STORY  

HIDOE CELEBRATES 2016 EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Honowai Elementary head custodian Lowell Kalani Spencer, Ewa Makai Middle cafeteria manager Francis Santa Monica, and the Windward District Office Autism Team for exceptional contributions to students and schools. STORY  

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