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Leadership matters mattersThe key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. This is the motto of National Principals Month, celebrated every October to help shine a light on this crucial leader. Here, we do a deeper dive on the principal’s role with some of our award-winning principals and Hope Street Group teachers to get their insight on what effective leadership of a school looks like. string;#14-Sep-20172017-09-14T10:00:00.0000000Z
Making 'shift' happen at Farrington High 'shift' happen at Farrington HighThere’s a lot of talk about empowering teachers to lead in and beyond the classroom, working with each other to boost student success. At Farrington High, administrators and teachers are two years into a focused effort to make teacher leadership a reality. As the administrators loosened the reins, trust has increased and, with that, a greater willingness among teachers to team up and take risks. string;#14-Aug-20172017-08-14T10:00:00.0000000Z
Students need encouragement to join teaching profession need encouragement to join teaching profession2017 Central District Teacher of the Year Tracey Idica shared with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser what can be done to address the teacher shortage and help motivate the next generation of educators. string;#01-Dec-20162016-12-01T10:00:00.0000000Z
Fulbright teacher recalls time spent as educational ambassador teacher recalls time spent as educational ambassadorMililani Mauka teacher Johnna Jacobsen served as an educational ambassador over the summer through the Fulbright-Hays Cultural and Educational Seminar in Peru. She encourages other teachers to apply and take advantage of this all expenses paid opportunity of a lifetime. string;#09-Nov-20162016-11-09T10:00:00.0000000Z
Nurturing a lifelong passion for art a lifelong passion for artWith 51 student works earning awards in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program, and nine medaling at the national level, all eyes are on Leilehua High's art department and its head, 38-year fine arts teacher Larry Taguba. "Winning is not the goal, but improvement is."string;#18-Mar-20162016-03-18T10:00:00.0000000Z
Kahuku teacher joins ‘Ohana Wa‘a teacher joins ‘Ohana Wa‘aKahuku High & Intermediate School teacher Matthew Kanemoto shares his experiences as a crewmember of the Worldwide Voyage. In 2013, Kanemoto had sailed on the Hōkūle‘ā during the first Mālama Honua statewide tours. He then became one of the 15-person crew that sailed Hikianalia back to Hawai‘i from Tahiti Nui, which lasted 27 days, covering more than 1,800 nautical miles on the open ocean. string;#29-Feb-20162016-02-29T10:00:00.0000000Z
Mentoring of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performance of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performanceThe Department is making strides in improving teacher turnover with the implementation of induction and mentoring for all new teachers. HIDOE educational specialist, Keri Shimomoto, discusses what's being done to address this issue facing school systems nationwide in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. string;#07-Feb-20162016-02-07T10:00:00.0000000Z
Teaching students how to mend our Island Earth students how to mend our Island Earth As the Polynesian voyaging canoes Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia continue their journey around the world, here's how one teacher is incorporating "​​Mālama Honua," the mission of the voyage, in her classroom. string;#01-Feb-20162016-02-01T10:00:00.0000000Z
Remembrance of Challenger crew inspires students to learn of Challenger crew inspires students to learnToday marks the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, which took the lives of seven NASA astronauts, including Kona’s own Col. Ellison Onizuka. Sandy Cameli, Ph.D., educational specialist for HIDOE, wrote this piece which was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. string;#28-Jan-20162016-01-28T10:00:00.0000000Z
Red Raider rhythm nation raises its voice Raider rhythm nation raises its voiceKahuku High & Intermediate School saw its student enrollment in the choir program jump by 49 percent in a year. New KHIS teacher Jacosa Limutau-Ainuu's goal to connect with students, meeting them "wherever they are," is working.string;#27-Oct-20152015-10-27T10:00:00.0000000Z
Meet Stephanie Mew, the 2016 State Teacher of the Year Stephanie Mew, the 2016 State Teacher of the YearFor the Windward District Teacher of the Year, who was just named the state's top teacher, FAIL means First Attempt In Learning. “I FAIL and problem solve every day, right in front of my students.” Mew will represent Hawaii at the National Teacher of the Year program in Washington D.C. in spring 2016.string;#20-Oct-20152015-10-20T10:00:00.0000000Z
'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko Elementary'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko ElementaryAfter several months shuttered due to the lava flow that threatened Pahoa town, and the relocation of students and staff to other campuses, Keonepoko reopened for School Year 2015-16. New Principal Kasey Eisenhour reports that despite significant work involved in reopening, everyone's happy to be back. "It's like being back at home."string;#11-Aug-20152015-08-11T10:00:00.0000000Z
Elementary school journalists learn to seize student voice school journalists learn to seize student voiceA journalism class in an elementary school? Under the direction of teacher Kawailehua Pakjake, Kapunahala students are learning reporting fundamentals. “My goal is to give them a love of writing, show them that it’s not strenuous and assure them that people want to hear their voices,” she said.string;#21-Apr-20152015-04-21T10:00:00.0000000Z
Meet Kupuna Minerva Pang Kupuna Minerva PangMomilani Elementary's kupuna has taught Hawaiian values, history and culture — including free hula classes — to countless students since joining the school in 1986. Kupuna collaborate with the Hawaiian Studies program staff to bring cultural and place-based learning into the public schools.string;#04-Mar-20152015-03-04T10:00:00.0000000Z
We want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-getters want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettersHow is teaching mathematics evolving in Hawaii's public schools? More collaborative learning environments that emphasize habits of mind including perseverance, reasoning, constructing arguments, and more. The author is Eliza Akana Yoshida, who has taught in Valley Isle schools for 12 years. Next year, she will serve as the math/science curriculum coordinator at Pu‘u Kukui Elementary.string;#17-Feb-20152015-02-17T10:00:00.0000000Z
Arts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu Museum, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu MuseumWhen 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. He wasn’t the only one — about 50 teachers spent a day rotating through different sessions with staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art. string;#04-Feb-20152015-02-04T10:00:00.0000000Z
Want better schools? Better standards are the first step. better schools? Better standards are the first step.This piece about new standards and assessments in Hawaii's public schools was written by teachers Yuuko Arikawa (Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award Winner), Mary Carlson (Kapaa High School) and Gwen Lee (Niu Valley Middle School). A new assessment, aligned with Hawaii Common Core, is rolling out this spring.string;#06-Jan-20152015-01-06T10:00:00.0000000Z
PBS Insights: Education reform in Hawaii Insights: Education reform in HawaiiPBS Hawaii's Insights program convened a panel to discuss the last four years of public education reform. Panelists: Suzanne Mulcahy, Complex Area Superintendent for Kailua-Kalaheo; Catherine Caine, the 2015 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year; Joan Lewis, teacher at Kapolei High and Hawaii State Teachers Association vice president; and Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20. string;#18-Dec-20142014-12-18T10:00:00.0000000Z
Librarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communities win awards for growing digital resources, school communitiesSchool Library Journal honored two public school librarians in Hawaii this year: Michelle Colte (Hale Kula El) and Denise Sumida (Pearl Harbor El). What do they have in common? Using technology to promote literacy and community, with a focus on student support and learning.string;#10-Dec-20142014-12-10T10:00:00.0000000Z
Doreen Higa hits 25-year milestone at Momilani Elementary Higa hits 25-year milestone at Momilani ElementaryDoreen Higa celebrated 25 years at the helm of Momilani Elementary. She is believed to be the longest serving principal at one elementary school at the DOE.string;#03-Sep-20142014-09-03T10:00:00.0000000Z
Common curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teach curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachThe author is Alyson Doherty, teacher at Stevenson Middle School. It was written to help dispel confusion between Common Core standards (goals for student learning) and curricular resources, which are aligned with standards and made available to support teachers. It originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.string;#01-Dec-20142014-12-01T10:00:00.0000000Z
With effective leadership, real ownership, we move forward effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardTwo leaders of the Department joined a contingent of 27 school and community leaders who visited three school districts in North America. Reflecting on the trip, they were reinvigorated in their focus on leadership, and inspired by ground-up ownership of public education.string;#04-Dec-20142014-12-04T10:00:00.0000000Z
Favorites from Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 from Teacher Appreciation Week 2014Some of our favorite social posts from Teacher Appreciation Week and the #ThankATeacherHI tag. Mahalo to all our teachers!string;#15-May-20142014-05-15T10:00:00.0000000Z
Thank your favorite teacher with #ThankATeacherHI your favorite teacher with #ThankATeacherHIFor National Teacher Day (May 6) and National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9), we encourage everyone to broadcast their love and admiration for the teachers who impacted their lives. Tag your social posts with #ThankATeacherHI.string;#05-May-20142014-05-05T10:00:00.0000000Z
The Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken Educator Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken EducatorCapturing the moment when a teacher is honored with the prestigious Milken Educator Award is all part of the fun. Michelle Kay, a Kalakaua Middle science teacher, won the national award for outstanding excellence in education and a $25,000 cash prize. string;#10-Mar-20142014-03-10T10:00:00.0000000Z
New Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, community,-community.aspxNew Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, communityOahu-born Pauline Masaniai has lived in South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Utah. Yet decades ago, she chose the Koolauloa community to permanently reside, raise her family, and equip students for bright futures and the best career opportunities. She will have her best opportunity yet to fulfill this by taking the helm at Kahuku High and Intermediate.string;#20-Dec-20132013-12-20T10:00:00.0000000Z
'Tough love' gives direction to a lost student'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studentTwo educators at Washington Middle and Kaimuki High made all the difference for Jowana Lobendahn, whose life was marked by violence and despair. She leapt at the opportunity to thank them for giving her the spark to turn her life around.string;#01-Oct-20132013-10-01T10:00:00.0000000Z
Sheena Alaiasa's string of successes continues Alaiasa's string of successes continuesSheena Alaiasa is having a year to remember. In the spring, her school, Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School, was named a Department of Education Strive HI winner for making one of the biggest turnarounds in recent years. string;#15-Jul-20132013-07-15T10:00:00.0000000Z
Three Hawaii public school leaders win national excellence award Hawaii public school leaders win national excellence awardKaiser High Principal John Sosa, King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa and Kaimuki Middle Vice Principal CeliaAnn Main-Anakalea have been selected as Hawaii’s top school leaders by the Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators.string;#09-May-20132013-05-09T10:00:00.0000000Z
Waipahu's Hayashi honored for leadership's-Hayashi-honored-for-leadership.aspxWaipahu's Hayashi honored for leadershipWaipahu High Principal Keith Hayashi has won The Island Insurance Foundation's ninth annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award of $25,000.string;#12-Apr-20132013-04-12T10:00:00.0000000Z
Q&A with 2013 State Teacher of the Year with 2013 State Teacher of the YearKaren Kutsunai, a Kailua Intermediate teacher, was named Hawaii’s 2013 State Teacher of the Year on October 26.string;#20-Dec-20122012-12-20T10:00:00.0000000Z
Chad Miller named Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the Year’s-2012-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxChad Miller named Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the YearChad Miller, an English language arts teacher at Kailua High School, is Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the Year. Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Board of Education Chairman Don Horner, and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi made the announcement this afternoon during a ceremony honoring seven District Teachers of the Year at Washington Place.string;#28-Oct-20112011-10-28T10:00:00.0000000Z
Naomi Matsuzaki named 2013 Hawaii Distinguished Principal Matsuzaki named 2013 Hawaii Distinguished PrincipalFor her tremendous efforts in turning around Kahaluu Elementary School, Principal Naomi Matsuzaki was named the 2013 Hawaii State National Distinguished Principal by the Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association. string;#30-Dec-1899
Mauka Lani's Rankie wins 'Teacher of Promise''s-Rankie-wins-Milken-prize.aspxMauka Lani's Rankie wins 'Teacher of Promise'Recognized for his excellent rapport with everyone in the school community, Mauka Lani’s Bryan Rankie received the 2013 National Milken Educators of Hawaii’s “Teacher of Promise” award. The award annually goes to a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during the first four semesters in the classroom. string;#30-Dec-1899

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