February 2016 Inspire

12-Feb-2016

In this edition: Induction and mentoring program for teachers yielding results, Waipahu High's Michael Sana wins the Milken Educator Award, teaching students how to Malama Honua, reflections of a Kona educator on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger event, McKinley High library named for Sen. Dan Inouye, celebrating Hawaiian Language Month, more stories.

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FEBRUARY 2016


Mentoring of new teachers slashing turnover
Today, new teachers in Hawaii have access to orientations, professional development and weekly meetings with a trained instructional mentor. Turnover has dropped 13 points. "Mentoring is more than a program — it's a mindset, an approach to helping everyone grow." STORY  

WAIPAHU HIGH SCIENCE TEACHER WINS MILKEN AWARD
Michael Sana was presented the prestigious 2015-16 Milken Educator Award at a schoolwide assembly. Known as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," it honors outstanding excellence in teaching and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. STORY  

TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO MEND OUR ISLAND EARTH
Mālama Honua is a personal mission for Kailua Intermediate social studies teacher Shauna Hirota. She crafted an online, hands-on experience that meet the grade level standards by integrating social studies, English and STEM. STORY  

REMEMBRANCE OF CHALLENGER CREW INSPIRES STUDENTS
From Educational Specialist Sandy Cameli: Mahalo, Col. Ellison Onizuka, for the opportunity to grow as an educator, and an individual, over the last three decades in Kona's public schools. STORY  

McKINLEY HIGH LIBRARY NAMED FOR ALUMNUS: SEN. INOUYE
Students and faculty honored one of its most accomplished alumni with the dedication of its library to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, McKinley Class of 1942. "This is an exciting day for our family," said son Ken. STORY  

CELEBRATING HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE MONTH IN FEBRUARY
The Department encourages schools across the state to join in the celebration of Mahina ʻOlelo Hawai'i, and would like to remind families about Hawaiian language immersion programs available at its public schools. STORY  

NFL GREAT DELIVERS GOLDEN FOOTBALL TO KALANI HIGH
Kalani High was visited by alumnus Roy Gerela, former National Football League (NFL) Pittsburgh Steeler kicker and three-time Super Bowl champion, who delivered a golden football and $5,000 to the school. STORY  

STUDENTS CALL FOR END TO DANGEROUS, DISTRACTED DRIVING
Hundreds of youth advocates from elementary, middle, and high schools from around the state implored drivers and passengers to reduce risky behaviors while on the road with the "Stop If You Love Me campaign. STORY  

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