Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This month's issue features New Year's resolutions from teachers and the opening of the 2022 legislative session.
Editorial Mission: As the Department’s primary publication, we aim to live up to the meaning of ha‘aheo — to cherish with pride — by bolstering and sustaining pride in public education and touting the successes happening across the system.
As we head into 2022, we reached out to veteran and new teachers alike to share their professional New Year’s resolutions. Here's to a healthy and productive year ahead!
Camille Chong, NBCT
Honolulu District Office, SPED
23 years taught in Hawai‘i schools
» My professional resolution for 2022 is to amplify my advocacy for diverse learners across my district in access and inclusivity towards healthy active living.
Traci Rosario, NBCT
22 years taught in Hawai‘i schools
» My New Year's resolution for my classroom is for me to let go of the reigns a bit and empower my students and allow them to create learning opportunities for each other through the use of advanced technology and project-based learning.
Laura Peterson, NBCT
18 years taught in Hawai‘i schools
» One resolution is to create a self-nurturing transition from work to home, and another is to get outside and walk during lunch. I will always work hard, but also want to attend to my health and personal growth so that I am the best educator I can be!
Julie Bonilla, NBCT
17 years taught in Hawai‘i schools
» My New Year's resolution is to model life-long learning, evolve through adversity and synergize in support of quality instruction and intervention.
Erin Medeiros, NBCT
16 years taught in Hawai‘i schools
» I teach on a team of three, and together we selected two intentions for this year: nanea and hoʻomanawanui. I'm committed to engaging students in deep learning/PBL while making the process joyful, absorbing, rewarding and effortless.
2 years taught in Hawai‘i schools
» My New Year's resolution is to get organized. As a special education teacher, I have come to find that the paperwork is endless. This year I am determined to create file folders in the computer and backup on a thumb drive.
1 year taught in Hawai‘i schools
» As a new year with the Department of Education in Hawai‘i begins, I would say my resolutions would be to create a healthy work balance as well as to create a positive environment for my students.
Pearl Ridge Elementary
» My New Year's resolution is not only to survive my second year of teaching, but to continue learning to be flexible and patient with others. Things don't happen overnight, and that is OK. Being young and learning patience is OK.
Legislative session opens this week
The Hawai‘i State Legislature is scheduled to open the 2022 legislative session on Wednesday, Jan. 19. One of the Department's highest priorities will be garnering support for our budget request. This is a supplemental budget year, meaning lawmakers will be considering add-ons to our base budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Stay up to date on what's happening during the session
The Policy, Innovation, Planning and Evaluation Branch's Policy PIPEline website includes a dedicated legislative session tab with helpful resources and information, including links to the Department's testimony on bills.The Hawaiʻi State Capitol website includes information on lawmakers and the legislative committees that vet bills for the House and Senate. You can also sign up for hearing notifications and access hearing notices on the site.
Hawai‘i State Student Council
» The Secondary Student Conference will take place virtually on Feb. 26, March 12 and March 25. Secondary students wishing to participate can contact their school SAC to register.
The Hawai‘i State Student Council has announced this year’s Secondary Student Conference central theme to be “IGNITE 2022.” The past two years have brought tremendous change to our daily lives, and the way in which we perceive the world. However, the importance of student voice has remained constant in all that we do to support the continuous act of positive change. We aim to inspire Hawai‘i’s youth to ignite their passions at all levels, which will ultimately lead to a future generation equipped with the courage to lead through challenging times.
We asked the Hawai‘i State Student Council to talk about their upcoming Secondary Student Conference and their focus for the 2022 legislative session. They highlight the importance of student voice to inspire their peers and bring about positive change.
» Capsun Poe is an institutional analyst in the Policy, Innovation, Planning and Evaluation Branch under the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. He also serves as HIDOE's legislative coordinator and is a graduate of Konawaena High School.
» Jennifer Dang is an institutional analyst in the Policy, Innovation, Planning and Evaluation Branch under the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. Her two children attended Kāneʻohe Elementary School.
Educational Plan and Fiscal Plan
In response to the hardships that our public schools have been facing over the course of this pandemic, the Department has developed an Educational Plan and Fiscal Plan to sensibly utilize the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) federal relief money.
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