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HIDOE to provide free Hawaiian language courses for all employees through UH Community Collegeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HawaiianLanguageLearningOpportunity.aspxHIDOE to provide free Hawaiian language courses for all employees through UH Community CollegesUpon successful completion, teachers will be able to receive professional development credits and all other employees will be able to earn college credit.
What it means to 'fix the system'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/what-it-means-to-fix-the-system.aspxWhat it means to 'fix the system'Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Amy Kunz writes about her drive to increase fiscal transparency in Hawaii's public school system. "We all want a world-class public education system. Let’s keep working — together — to give our kids, educators, staff and communities the schools they deserve." This piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Jan. 14, 2019.
Seek growth, be patient, keep learning, take care of yourself, ask for help, love your studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/HSG-Beginning-Teachers.aspxSeek growth, be patient, keep learning, take care of yourself, ask for help, love your studentsWords of advice from our teachers and educational leaders for Hawai‘i's beginning and pre-service teachers as we head toward the end of the first semester.
Teachers drive improvement through Hawaii Lab Cohortshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/ProfessionalDevelopment/Pages/Hawaii-Lab-Cohorts.aspxTeachers drive improvement through Hawaii Lab CohortsHawaii Lab Cohorts are teacher learning communities within complex areas and schools that offer an effective approach to professional growth for teachers, allowing for continuous improvement. A shining example is in the Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Area. In its fourth year of implementation, the cohort has grown from school-level English Language Arts teams to complex-wide labs in ELA and math, soon to expand to science.
New SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/InductionAndMentoring/Pages/SPED-Mentor-Program.aspxNew SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring programMarigolds are one of the best plants for companion planting – helping to chase away certain pests and improve flavor and growth of other plants like carrots, cabbage and cantaloupes. In teaching, these companion plants take the form of mentors like Tracy Muranaka-Ng who help nurture up and coming teachers.
Program gets beginning teachers ready for the school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BTSA.aspxProgram gets beginning teachers ready for the school yearAlmost 13,000 teachers are heading back to school today, a week ahead of students. For first-time teachers this can be a nerve-racking moment, which is why the Beginning Teacher Summer Academy has become a critical program to help them get started.
Mentoring of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performancehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/New-Teacher-IM.aspxMentoring 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.
Parents urged to complete and return federal survey for Impact Aid fundinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-impact-aid.aspxParents urged to complete and return federal survey for Impact Aid fundingThe survey of federally connected students and families helps Hawaii schools be partially reimbursed for taxes that can't be collected from federal properies. Last year, Impact Aid reimbursements were more than $27 million.
Board of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/COW-IX.aspxBoard of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners The unanimous support of recommendations by the ninth Committee on Weights "sends a clear message that all students deserve necessary resources to excel in school.”
DOE internal controls, structures provide financial accountability, audit showshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE 2014 fiscal year audit.aspxDOE internal controls, structures provide financial accountability, audit showsThe independent audit concludes that appropriate controls and structures are in place to manage the financial statements of the state's public school system.
Improved Educator Effectiveness System praisedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Improved-Educator-Effectiveness-System-Praised.aspxImproved Educator Effectiveness System praisedChanges made to improve the Educator Effectiveness System based on teacher feedback helps increase understanding of the supports in place to help them advance their practice, according to a survey.
These academic coaches are nowhere near the sidelinehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/These-academic-coaches-are-nowhere-near-the-sideline.aspxThese academic coaches are nowhere near the sidelineAs they assist teachers -- as well as students -- to master rigorous standards in the classroom, curriculum coaches team up to review data, discuss strategies and lessons, and plan next steps.
Proposed DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technologyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FB-2015-17.aspxProposed DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technologyInvestments in strategic reforms and school-level funding remain priority areas to support educators and accelerate student achievement.
Department releases Educator Effectiveness System results from School Year 2013-14https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/EES-update-to-BOE.aspxDepartment releases Educator Effectiveness System results from School Year 2013-14Nearly all of the Department's teachers have been rated "effective" or "highly effective" based on results from the first full year of implementation of the EES. Changes have been implemented for SY 2014-15 to streamline and simplify the process for teachers and administrators.
Strive HI — June 2014https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/June-2014.aspxStrive HI — June 2014Roundup of education reform news from across the DOE. Stories include the College & Career Readiness Indicators Report, changes to the Educator Effectiveness System for 2014-15, launch of the Principal Roundtable, principals Abe, Hayashi and Chung honored, and connecting with educational resources for Malama Honua.
Educator Effectiveness System to change based on teacher, principal feedbackhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/EES-2014-15-update.aspxEducator Effectiveness System to change based on teacher, principal feedbackThe Department is announcing several major changes to the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) to take effect in the upcoming school year. The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators, and are designed to simplify the EES, streamline its components and differentiate the approach for teachers based on need.
Educator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator-Effectiveness-System-survey-gathers-teacher-feedback.aspxEducator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackThe survey gathered teacher feedback on their experiences and opinions regarding the Educator Effectiveness System to help better understand its strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Hawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/RTTT-Year-3.aspxHawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for its efforts in implementing key reforms such as the Educator Effectiveness System, professional development on the Hawaii Common Core and work to support its most needy schools. This comes with the Year 3 Race to the Top (RTTT) report released this evening.
Education Update: February 2014https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Education-Update-February-2014.aspxEducation Update: February 2014Our Education Update is printed monthly and distributed to DOE schools and offices and the first Board of Education meeting of the month. In this issue: 2014-15 Supplemental Budget request, Roosevelt staff exemplary during incident, DOE Intranet launches, success stories from around our schools and more. Click image to view the issue.
Educator support vital to sustain student gainshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Budget/Pages/EES.aspxEducator support vital to sustain student gainsThis piece about the Educator Effectiveness System and the DOE's 2014-15 supplemental budget request was penned by Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe and ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's editorial section.
Hawaii DOE presents targeted budget for student achievement https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-DOE-presents-targeted-budget-for-student-achievement-.aspxHawaii DOE presents targeted budget for student achievement The 2014-15 fiscal year supplemental budget request focuses on sustaining reforms and building on the extraordinary progress made by Hawaii's educators and students.
Student surveys to provide critical feedback about learning environmenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Student-surveys-to-provide-critical-feedback-about-learning-environment.aspxStudent surveys to provide critical feedback about learning environmentA student survey being administered in Hawaii’s public schools through Oct. 18 will provide educators with critical classroom feedback aimed at improving teaching and learning. The Tripod Student Perceptions Survey measures effective student-teacher relationships and elements of teaching quality.
Alaiasa a U.S. Principal of the Year finalisthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/King-Intermediate-leader-named-U-S--Principal-of-the-Year-finalist.aspxAlaiasa a U.S. Principal of the Year finalistHONOLULU – King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa has been named one of three educators in the nation who will compete for the title of 2014 Middle Level Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Waipahu's Hayashi honored for leadershiphttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Waipahu'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.
Bryan Rankie named Hawaii’s 'Teacher of Promise'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Bryan-Rankie-named-Hawaii’s-'Teacher-of-Promise'.aspxBryan Rankie named Hawaii’s 'Teacher of Promise'HONOLULU - Mauka Lani Elementary School teacher Bryan Rankie this morning was honored as the National Milken Educators of Hawaii's “Teacher of Promise.”
Naomi Matsuzaki wins national distinguished principal awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Naomi-Matsuzaki-wins-national-distinguished-principal-award.aspxNaomi Matsuzaki wins national distinguished principal awardHONOLULU - Kahaluu Elementary Principal Naomi Matsuzaki today was named the 2013 National Distinguished Principal for the State of Hawaii.
Three Hawaii public school leaders win national awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Three-Hawaii-Public-School-Leaders-Win-National-Excellence-Award.aspxThree Hawaii public school leaders win national awardHONOLULU – Kaiser 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.
Hawaii teachers ratify historic agreementhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Teachers-Ratify-Historic-Agreement.aspxHawaii teachers ratify historic agreementHONOLULU – Hawaii’s public school teachers last night ratified a progressive contract that ties tenure and all pay increases to annual performance evaluations and professional development. The contract provides teachers with preparation time and necessary supports to achieve success.

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