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Hui for Excellence in Education, or “HE’E,” is a statewide coalition of diverse stakeholders committed to working collaboratively to identify opportunities to improve public education in Hawai‘i. HE‘E seeks to be the focal point for community and parent engagement while serving as a public resource for educational policy.
HE‘E was formed in May 2010 by parents and community members who stood up and said “no” to school furloughs and “yes” to re-establishing education as a public priority.
In support of Hawai‘i’s successful Race to the Top application, HE‘E will seek to coordinate parent and community engagement to further the Department of Education’s new strategic plan. More about HE‘E’s priorities…
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HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday November 8, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 am at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street. See map here.)
HE’E is please to host a session on BOE Policy 105.14 Multilingualism for Equitable Education, to gather input from community stakeholders. The policy was passed in February 2016. The Department of Education (DOE) has developed an initial implementation plan and is gathering input from diverse stakeholders. The session will include a brief presentation on the policy, a discussion about proposed action steps, and a survey. The session with HE`E members helps ensure that families and community organizations are represented. For the second half of the meeting we will discuss HE’E’s comment on the DOE/BOE Strategic Plan.
HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:00-11:00 am at The Learning Coalition, 841 Bishop Street, Suite 301. (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street.)
HE’E is pleased to have two distinguished guest speakers at the October 11 Planning Meeting. Jeanne Schultz Afuvai, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA), will give a presentation on 21st Century School Facilities. Following, Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, will present on the Impact of Dual Credit Programs, including Early College. Please RSVP to email@example.com
if you can make it. Please join us for this informative discussion!
HE’E staff has been participating over the last couple of months in the DOE’s Accountability Design Workgroup. It is a group of DOE members as well as external partners to deliberate on ESSA requirements/areas of discretion and propose a set of recommendations to the DOE leadership concerning key design features of the statewide accountability system. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn about the ESSA requirements, as it has given us a realistic view on the challenges of designing an accountability system for our state.
HE’E staff has also been working on testimony for the BOE/DOE on the Strategic Plan as well as for the Governor’s ESSA Task Force, based on the meetings that the Coalition has had on the subject, and information we have learned from the Accountability Design Workshop. Please see a draft of the testimony at this link here: 2016-09-20-hee-testimony-strategic-plan-essa-plan-4
We will be discussing at the next HE’E Planning Meeting and asking a vote from HE’E voting members. If you have questions or comments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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