Professional Development


Go to to discover professional development opportunities for HSTA members.

As a focused, dynamic organization of involved members collaboratively creating quality public education, the Hawaii State Teachers Association continually strives to offer its members educator-centric opportunities, like the NEA Academy, for professional growth and lifelong learning.

In your work as educators, you provide knowledge and guidance to our young people.  HSTA is committed to providing you with helpful resources for teaching, learning and professional development.

The Whole Child
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Founded in 1943, ACSD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organizatin that represents more than 175,000 educators from 119 countries and nearly 60 affiliates who advocate sound policies and share best practices to achieve the success of each learner

A to Z Teacher Stuff
A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Click on to get helpful tips.

Beginning Teacher’s Toolbox
Inspiring Teachers is a community of educators with a mission to empower beginning teachers and provide strategies to help them not just survive, but thrive in the classroom.

TeachersNet Lesson Bank
Teachers.Net features lesson plans and classroom ideas submitted by teachers just like you.  Browse to help you with lesson plans.

Gateway to Education Materials on the Web
New information about learning resources is added each week at Teachers may also find state-of-the art search technologies and a complete database of state academic standards for core subjects. NEA’s Teacher Toolkit at NEA Toolkit site also offers a variety of classroom tools and resources.

Checklist for a Teaching Portfolio
An Ongoing Record of Your Professional Life

Maintaining a teaching portfolio can serve a number of purposes.  For example, it can provide a record for background and teaching experience.  It can help you reflect on your work with students. It can help you see your professional progress and growth.  And it can keep all this information at your finger tips.

Create a teaching profile that is meaningful. Your profile might include some or all of the following:

• Your professional background
• Class descriptions: time, grades, and content
• Written Examinations: National Teacher’s Exam, state licensure test
• A personal statement of teaching philosophy and goals
• Documentation of what you’ve done to improve your teaching (e.g., a list of seminars you’ve attended)
• Implemented lesson plans, handouts, and notes
• Graded student work such as tests, quizzes, and class projects
• Videotape or audiotape of classroom lessons
• Colleague observation records
• Photographs of bulletin boards, chalkboards, or projects

Whether you are a 20-year veteran or just starting out, a portfolio should be a key component of your teaching tools. Portfolios are a nearly universal requirement for the hiring process. Think of a teaching portfolio as an expanded resume. A few personnel administrators will welcome a variety of formats, such as a box of notes, clippings, photos and objects. However, the majority look for a standard 3-ring binder. Inside they will expect to find things that show a teacher’s strengths, goals and achievements. This variety of items could include a resume, references, letters of recommendations, transcripts, education philosophy. calssroom management theory, examples of lessons and photos of your classroom in action. It’s not a scrap book, but a representation of your teaching abilities.

Preparing for the Interview
• Potential interview questions, questions you can ask, interview protocol, and other interview tips for teachers can be found at:
• Developing a teaching resume and cover letter
• Education America has tips on cover letter, resumes, and interviews,
• How to interview for a teaching job:

Professional Development Credits
For question regarding Professional Development Credits you need to contact the IMPD section at 586-4077, or go to