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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

HSTA offers 'Office Hours' online seminars for new educators

Sessions will delve into requested topics such as contracts, benefits, debt and finances, and more

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is proud to offer Office Hours, a series of online seminars designed to educate and inform our new educators on a variety of topics.

We asked new educators what they needed more support for, whether they were new to the profession or new to Hawaii's public school system. Mahalo to all who completed our survey!

Here were the top requested topics:

  1. Extended professional development courses for credit (53%)
  2. Understanding your salary placement and paycheck (45%)
  3. Understanding your contract rights and benefits (41%)
  4. Understanding your leave benefits (33%)
  5. Health care benefits (30%)
  6. Student debt and/or finances (29%)
  7. Culture and history of Hawaii (26%)
  8. Benefits of belonging to HSTA (25%)

Here are the sessions we have scheduled so far. When you register for a specific seminar, you will be sent a link to connect with us virtually for that session.

August

Information for emergency hires

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Emergency hire educators have three years to become licensed in the State of Hawaii. The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board will share information and answer your questions about your emergency hire permit, licensure, license renewal, adding new teaching fields, and our upcoming professional development opportunities including the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and National Board Certification.

Register for Information for Emergency Hires

Maximizing Your Paycheck-Utilizing Member Benefits

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Make the most of your union membership. As a member of NEA you have access to more than 75 programs and services developed specifically for members to save them time and money. Please join us to learn how to access these benefits and start saving now. You will also learn about the NEA MB Member Assistance Program, which supports members who face financial challenges such as non-renewals, layoffs, or salary cuts, or experience devastating losses due to a natural or other major disaster.

Register for Maximizing Your Paycheck-Utilizing Member Benefits

Planning Your Financial Journey

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

This seminar is geared toward members in their 20s to 30s. It begins with a quick introduction to your State of Hawaii ERS pension and Social Security benefits, and focuses on setting financial goals, budgeting, learning about various investment vehicles, the importance of investing early, and an introduction to insurance. We will also cover which teachers might be eligible for the Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Register for Planning Your Financial Journey

September

Planning Your Financial Journey

Thursday, Sep. 3, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

This seminar is geared toward members in their 20s to 30s. It begins with a quick introduction to your State of Hawaii ERS pension and Social Security benefits, and focuses on setting financial goals, budgeting, learning about various investment vehicles, the importance of investing early, and an introduction to insurance. We will also cover which teachers might be eligible for the Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Register for Planning Your Financial Journey

Navigating Student Debt

Thursday, Sept. 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Your union is working on several fronts to help with the student loan debt crisis in this country. We want to help you on a personal level to better understand these programs and move toward forgiveness. Please join us to learn the facts about the current federal loan forgiveness programs, including some of the changes currently effective as part of new stimulus bill. You will also learn how to access to the NEA Student Debt Navigator powered by Savi. Members with current federal loans are welcome. Student members may also be interested.

Register for Navigating Student Debt

403(b)s for the New Educator

Wednesday, Sep. 16, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This seminar goes over the basics of investing and different types of 403(b)s offered in the Hawaii State Department of Education. It also covers the questions you should be asking your financial adviser.

Register for 403(b)s for the New Educator

 

We are working to schedule more Office Hours on topics such as the Educator Effectiveness System and cultural awareness. Check back for updates as new sessions are confirmed and added.

Supporting Hawaii's New Educators (SHiNE) is an HSTA program for members who are new to the profession or new to Hawaii's public school system with up to three years of experience. For more information on the program and how you can get involved, please email shine@hsta.org.

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