February 2015 Inspire

09-Feb-2015

Inspirational stories from public schools, students and teachers across the state. In this edition: An update on Ka Hei and the Department's playground refurbishment program, Strive HI Recognition School profile looks at Mokapu El, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno talks art and the Common Core, a peek at the Assessments Roadshow training, and watch the winners of the 2nd Annual "Be Pono — Be in School" video contest.

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FEBRUARY 2015

Boosting STEM learning while modernizing campuses
Update on Phase I of the Department's multiyear plan to modernize campuses and increase energy efficiency, while generating real-world learning opportunities for teachers and students. STORY  

THE SERIOUS WORK BEHIND PLAYTIME
A school playground is much more than monkey bars and jungle gyms in an open field. It’s a platform for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Play builds synapses just as much as muscle fibers. STORY  

STRIVE HI PROFILE: MOKAPU ELEMENTARY
In our occasional series profiling our Recognition Schools, we check in with this Windward District school, where the principal says "With the MGM (Mokapu Growth Mindset), anything is possible!" STORY  

ARTS, COMMON CORE, AND A FIRST-YEAR DOE TEACHER
When the Department offered “A Day at the Museum,” a professional development course on integrating art with Hawaii Common Core standards, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno jumped at the chance to participate. STORY  

HAWAII EDUCATORS TRAINED ON NEW STUDENT ASSESSMENTS
The Smarter Balanced assessments will have its first full run in schools this spring. Here's a peek inside the training sessions held for all districts across the state to help prepare school administrators and staff. STORY  

17 SCHOOLS VIE FOR AWARDS IN 'BE PONO' VIDEO CONTEST
Windward District's 2nd annual "Be Pono — Be in School" contest is designed to promote school attendance. Students and schools vie for prizes while learning about the value of getting to school every day. STORY  

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