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March 2015 Strive HI

16-Mar-2015

Roundup of news from the public school system. In this edition: Mililani Uka teacher honored with the $25,000 Milken Educator Award, new student assessments launch, USDOE monitoring report praises Hawaii's reform efforts with top marks, new building design yields results, Hawaiian Education advances, Future Ready Learning presentation to the Legislature, more.

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MARCH 2015

MILILANI UKA'S JANA FUKADA WINS $25,000 MILKEN AWARD
The elementary school curriculum coach is surprised with the 'Oscar of Teaching' prize for her commitment to the profession and efforts to ensure all students receive a top education. STORY  


NEW STUDENT ASSESSMENTS TO SET NEW BASELINE IN HAWAII
Smarter Balanced asessments, aligned to higher expectations of the Hawaii Common Core, will help educators address student needs and ensure they are on track to graduate prepared for college and careers. STORY  


"HAWAII IS A MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY"
U.S. Department of Education monitoring report praises progress in Hawaii's public school system, from the implementation of high academic standards to supports provided to educators and students. STORY  


FUTURISTIC DESIGN GROWS OUT OF NEED FOR SAVINGS
The Department of Education is testing a new portable building design in hopes of giving students and teachers more creative and flexible space while saving money on utility bills. STORY  


DEPARTMENT ADVANCES HAWAIIAN EDUCATION
Via Board Policies 2104 and 2105, the Department moves forward with Office of Hawaiian Education and a new director position. STORY  
RELATED: Hawaii to administer Hawaiian-language assessments. STORY   


WE WANT STUDENTS TO BE THINKERS
Maui teacher Eliza Akana Yoshida writes about how the teaching of mathematics is evolving, including more collaborative learning environments that emphasize habits of mind — perseverance, reasoning and constructing arguments. LEARN MORE  


FUTURE READY LEARNING PRESENTATION TO THE LEGISLATURE
To scale the Department's digital learning pilot statewide, funds are being sought in the 2015-17 fiscal biennium budget and other sources. The Department briefed a joint session of the education committees to review program results. LEARN MORE  


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