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Community invited to provide input on Hawaii DOE’s next ten years

By Staff | May 23, 2019

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking feedback on the first draft of a 2030 Promise Plan that will guide the department for the next decade centered around five promises to students.

An online toolkit for the community to provide feedback is available at HawaiiPublicSchools.org.

Feedback will be gathered through Aug. 1, with a first draft of the plan to be delivered in September.

The availability of the toolkit was announced at a recent Board of Education’s General Business Meeting.

“Our students are too important for small promises,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto.

“Our next phase of strategic planning will bring together stakeholder vision and purpose around public education as a change agent for Hawaii, fueled by our three strategies: School Design, Teacher Collaboration, and Student Voice.”

Through the five promises to students, HIDOE seeks to build and expand upon gains that have been made over the last two strategic plans and innovate to solve persistent challenges. The aim is a thriving, sustainable state that embodies the values of “HA” (Breath: Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Well-being and Hawaii)?. The promises are:

Hawaii: Students will be educated within a public school system that is grounded in HA, powers a multilingual society, and honors Hawaii’s local and global contribution.

Equity: Students will experience strong relationships and supports that mitigate disempowering differences to enable them to thrive academically, socially and civically.

School Design: Students will be immersed in excellent learning environments that are thoughtfully designed around a community’s power to contribute to a thriving, sustainable Hawaii.

Empowerment: Students will develop their authentic voice as contributors to equity, excellence and innovation by providing input on what they learn, how they learn and where they learn.

Innovation: Students will engage in rigorous, technology-rich, problem-solving learning that enables them to solve authentic community challenges and develop pathways to goals.

The feedback to be gathered from HIDOE staff and the community revolves around what these promises look like and what it will take to get there by 2030, focusing on creative solutions. Complex area superintendents will be working with their principals and assistant superintendents with their offices to collect their insight.

“We look forward to building equity, excellence and innovation in every public school through the next strategic plan,” said Deputy Superintendent Phyllis Unebasami. “This is a great opportunity for the community to drive the conversation about their public school system.”

The online toolkit (direct link: http://bit.ly/HIDOESP-P1) features a step-by-step guide to the process and supporting materials to help anyone in the community prepare, promote and host a feedback session.

After a first draft of the plan is released in September 2019, another round of feedback in reaction to the plan will be gathered, decisions will be made regarding aligned benchmarks and metrics, and a final plan will be presented to the Board of Education early next year.