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Planning Meeting 7/11/2017 9:00-11:00am

HEʻE Planning Meeting, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 9:00-11:00am at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street. See map here.)   
 
Mahalo to those who came to the June 13, 2017 Planning Meeting and participated in a robust discussion about the School Report Card and the State’s Consolidated Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”).  HEʻE submitted testimony in support of the Stateʻs Plan, which is listed here. The Board of Education voted to approve the ESSA Plan at the June 20, 2017 General Business Meeting.  Because we were focused on the School Report Card and the ESSA Plan at the June 13 Planning Meeting, we did not have time to discuss HEʻE’s website. Therefore, we would like to have a dialogue at the July 11, 2017 Planning Meeting about updating our website to reflect our work now. Please review the following websites of national advocacy organizations to see if we may get some ideas. Stand for Children, stand.org is an organization whose mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training. Alliance for Excellent Education, http://all4ed.org/about/ is a group whose mission is to make every child graduate. Please contact cheri@heecoalition.org. if you can make it! 

 

 

HEʻE Planning Meeting 6/13/17 9:00-11:00am

HEʻE Planning Meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 9:00-11:00am at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street. See map here.)   
HEʻE welcomes staff from HIDOE to discuss the new School Report Card. Please join us for the opportunity to give input on the proposed format for the 2017-2018 school year!
In addition, as HEʻE’s focus has shifted since our inception in 2010, we would like to update our website in to reflect our work now.  Please review the following websites of national advocacy organizations to see if we may get some ideas. Stand for Childrenstand.org,is an organization whose mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training. Alliance for Excellent Education,  http://all4ed.org/about/ is a group whose mission is to make every child graduate. Please contact cheri@heecoalition.org. if you can make it! 

HEʻE Planning Meeting 5/2/2017 9:00-11:00am

HEʻE Planning Meeting, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 9:00-11:00am at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street. See map here. 

(*Please not special day and time).
The draft of the DOE ESSA Plan will be presented to the Board of Education (BOE) for approval on April 18, 2017. Upon approval, there will be a 30 day public comment period, in which education stakeholders are able to provide comment. HEʻE is pleased to have the DOE present the draft plan at our Planning Meeting and be able to provide input at that meeting as well. Please join us for this special opportunity to comment on the ESSA Plan! Please rsvp to cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it!

HEʻE Planning Meeting, 4/11/2017, 9:00-11:00am

HEʻE Planning Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 9:00-11:00am at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street. See map here.)
HEʻE is pleased to welcome Courtney Gill from the HIDOE Office of Strategy, Innovation, and Performance Policy, Innovation, Planning, and Evaluation Branch, who would like some feedback on ideas about the BOE/DOE’s Strategic Plan’s family and community engagement indicators. Please join is for this opportunity to engage with the DOE. Please RSVP to cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it.

HEʻE Planning Meeting, 3/14/2017, 9:00-11:00am

HEʻE Planning Meeting, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 9:00-11:00am at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street. See map here.
We will discuss the status of the legislative session and Board of Education meetings.

HEʻE Planning Meeting, 2/14/2017, 9:00-11:00am

HEʻE Planning Meeting, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 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 have Hawaii DOE Chief Financial Officer and Senior Assistant Superintendent Amy Kunz do a presentation on School Level Expenditures as required by the new ESSA law. She is seeking input from community members. Please join us for this opportunity to provide feedback!
Please RSVP to cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it. 

HEʻE Planning Meeting 1/10/2017 9:00-11:00am

HEʻE Planning Meeting, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 am at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street. See map here.
HEʻE is pleased to have former BOE member Jim Williams join us for a talk story session. Please join us for an engaging conversation! We will also discuss legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which opens on January 18, 2017. Please RSVP to cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it.

HE’E Planning Meeting 11/8/2016, 9:00-11:00am

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, 10/11/2016, 9:00-11:00am

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 cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it. Please join us for this informative discussion!

BOE/DOE Strategic Plan/ESSA Task Force Testimony

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 cheri@heecoalition.org.

HE’E Planning Meeting, 10/11/2016, 9:00-11:00am

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.)

Please save the date for a presentation by Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) on 21st Century School Facilities.

Keiki Caucus, 9/13/2016 11:30am-1:00pm

Keiki Caucus Meeting, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:30-1:30pm, Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 229. 
At the August 2, 2016 Keiki Caucus Meeting, representatives from the DOE and the Governor’s ESSA Task Force gave a presentation to Keiki Caucus members about the BOE/DOE Strategic Plan and the ESSA Task Force vision, respectively. Many of the Keiki Caucus members are community organizations that deal with children and families.  Representatives from the DOE and the ESSA Task Force will return to the Keiki Caucus on Tuesday September 13, 2016 to receive input on their respective plans. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback.

HE’E Planning Meeting, 9/13/2016 9:00-11:00

HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday, September 13, 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.) 

We are pleased to have back membersof the Hawaii School Health Survey Committee who will give a presentation on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results for 2015, highlighting bullying and bullying trends. We will also have Mental Health America of Hawaii introduce members to their Bullying Toolkit.School safety has been a concern of the Coalition, so it will be interesting to hear an update on bullying in schools through the results of the YRBS. Please RSVP to cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it!

HE’E Planning Meeting 8/9/2016 9:00-11:00

HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday, August 9, 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.) 

Please join us for a discussion with Stephen Terstegge, parent representative of the Governor’s ESSA Task Force, who will give an update on the progress of the task force as well as Kendra Oishi,

Director of Planning and Evaluation at the DOE, who will give us an update of the Department’s Strategic Plan. We look forward to hearing how all stakeholders can collaborate to create the vision for public education!  Please RSVP to cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it!

HE’E Writing Workshop 7/21/2016 9:00-11:00am

HE’E Writing Workshop, Opinion-Editorial Writing:  A Platform for Sharing Educator Practice/Expertise with Non-Educators, July 21, 2016, 9:00-11:00am, at The Learning Coalition (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street.) 
Members have expressed interest in writing training for Op-Eds/Letters to the Editor, and we are pleased to offer the workshop free to HE’E members and participants!  Although the workshop targets educators, we encourage community members to join as well, as the skills learned in the workshop are useful for all.  We are aiming for a capacity of 20 people (but if there is additional demand, we could accommodate up to 40 people at a different location). We still have spaces available. To register, please click this link here.

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Special Talk Story with Parents for Public School, 7/18/2016, 9:00-11:00am

HE’E Talk Story with Facilitators of the Parents for Public School (PPS) Hawaii Parent Engagement Program (PEP) and Family Academy, July 18, 2016 9:00-11:00am at The Learning Coalition, 841 Bishop Street, Suite 301. (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street.)
HE’E member PPS Hawaii is offering a parent engagement program called PEP and Family Academy for selected schools on Oahu and Hawaii Island. Joann Mickens and Nita Rudy, representatives from the Parents for Public Schools national office, will be coming to conduct the Parent Engagement Program (PEP) Facilitator training in July. Joann and Nita kindly offered to do a talk story with HE’E members on their program. It is a great opportunity to learn about this innovative family engagement program that is taught nationally. Please RSVP to cheri@heecoalition.org if you are interested in attending.

HE’E Planning Meeting, July 12, 2016

HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday, July 12, 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 Kelly Stern, School Climate Transformation Coordinator for Project HI AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) School Transformation Grant, who will give a presentation about the $12.7 million dollar grant.  The project aims to increase access to mental health resources and support school staff through:
  • Increasing awareness of mental health issues among school-age youth.
  • Training about student social, emotional and behavioral concerns and referring to appropriate supports or services.
  • Connecting children, youth, and families who struggle with mental health issues to appropriate school or community supports or services.
For more information about the grant please click this link here.

HE’E Planning Meeting June 14, 2016

HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday, June 14, 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.) 

Please join us for discussion on the proposed Kalihi to Ala Moana school impact fee district with the Department of Education Facilities Group.  For the DOE’s Draft Analysis of the Kalihi to Ala Moana School Impact District please click this link here.  For a description of the executive summary of the proposal please see this link here. It will be a great opportunity for the Coalition to  provide comment on this issue. To RSVP to the meeting, please click this link here.

HE’E Planning Meeting, May 10, 2016, 9:00-11:00am

HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday, May 10, 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 Coalition is delighted to have Dean Mary Boland of the University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and Program Director Benjamin Kilinski give a presentation on Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn, a partnership with UH Manoa Nursing and the Hawaii Department of Education. We will be sending out invitations shortly.

We have an important announcement about parking for our meetings going forward. Ali’i Place is no longer providing validation stickers for public parking so we will use another parking lot in the downtown area, Harbor Court Parking Garage on 66 Queen Street. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please find the map to parking lot

Planning Meeting April 12, 2016, 9:00-11:00am

HE’E Planning Meeting Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9:00-11:00 am, The Learning Coalition, 841 Bishop Street #301 (Validated Parking at Ali’i Place, 1099 Alakea Street)
Please join us for a event filled Planning Meeting, which will be broken up into two parts:
 
From 9:00-10:00 we will review a HE’E Presentation to be given to the Board of Education at their April 19 General Business Meeting. The BOE has asked that HE’E give a presentation to the Board of Education Members to introduce who we are and what we do.  While HE’E has been attending and advocating at the BOE, some of the new members are not familiar with the Coalition. We encourage members to come and proudly represent HE’E!
From 10:00-11:00am, we are pleased to have the Hawaii Department of Education join us to host a discussion and focus group about the upcoming BOE/DOE Strategic Plan. 
Here is a short description of the DOE’s presentation:
The Joint Board of Education and Department of Education Strategic Plan Review and Extension
The current BOE/DOE Strategic Plan was initially drafted in 2012. Since then there have been various changes from community context, new BOE policies in place, completion of the Race to the Top initiative with Common Core implementation largely complete, and new federal law introduced, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). On January 19, 2016, the Board of Education approved a review and extension of the strategic plan to guide the next few years. In the spirit and practice of an approach of continuous improvement, the review and extension retains the 2012 update’s goals and framework for improvement as a strong continuing foundation for educational improvement. This session will include a dialogue about student success and aspirations, and a discussion on how to improve and update the Strategic Plan to best support Hawaii’s students.
We will be sending an invitation shortly to this event to track the number of participants. Ideally, we would like to have at least 15 people for the focus group with HIDOE.  Please join us for the engaging conversation!