New ʻŌlelo series explores HIDOE’s five promises to students


Public school educators and students share how they’re living out Hawai‘i, Equity, School Design, Empowerment, and Innovation.

​The Hawai'i State Department of Education (HIDOE) has partnered with ʻŌlelo Community Media (ʻŌlelo) on a five-part series to explore the ways educators are living out promises to students that are at the heart of a strategic plan in development for public schools.

The series, one 30-minute show for each student promise, will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on ʻŌlelo Channel 53, and repeat the following Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by journalist Jill Kuramoto, the schedule of episodes to air on ʻŌlelo Channel 53 is:

  • Hawai'i Promise: Sept. 4, 2019 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 8, 15 & 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Equity Promise: Oct. 2, 2019 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 6, 13 & 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
  • School Design Promise: Nov. 6, 2019 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 17 & 24, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Empowerment Promise: Dec. 4, 2019 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 15 & 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Innovation Promise: Jan. 1, 2020 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 5, 12 & 19, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The programs will also air on the HIDOE's Teach Channel and social media.

"These are engaging conversations with principals, students and teachers about their innovative and excellent learning and community impact," said Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto. "They embody the kind of joyful educational experiences we want all students to know, and it's why we're structuring our next phase of strategic planning along these promise themes."

"We're very excited to offer this programming so that our communities can see the great things that are happening in Hawai'i's public schools," said Sanford Inouye, president and CEO of Ōlelo. "If we all do our part to deliver on these promises to students, we will have a stronger Hawai'i."

The programming highlights community-connected learning practices at Farrington High, Waipahu High, Kea'au Elementary, Pauoa Elementary, Maui High, Kāne'ohe Elementary, Moloka'i High, Castle High, Palolo Elementary, Kealakehe Middle, Mānoa Elementary, Kanoelani Elementary, Roosevelt High, Stevenson Middle, and Pearl City High. Innovative practices across schools in the Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area are also explored, as well as ideas about expanding educator empowerment from three Hawai'i Teacher Fellows.

The 2030 Promise Plan represents a shift in strategic planning at HIDOE, from focusing on goals to considering what's most valuable about the educational experience and ways the public school system can start measuring that.

A first draft of the 2030 Promise Plan, based on extensive stakeholder feedback from nearly 2,800 individuals gathered through the summer, will be released on Sept. 5, 2019. HIDOE is also using that feedback toward the drafting of benchmarks and metrics to complement its accountability system, Strive HI, which tracks student and system progress. A final draft of the 2030 Promise Plan will be delivered to the Board of Education for passage in early 2020, with implementation to begin at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more:

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