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Wednesday, January 15, 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.

February

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union Mortgage Program

Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union presents the HSTA Mortgage Program to provide educators stronger financial security through affordable and simple mortgage financing. As an HSTA member, you’re eligible for benefits such as down payment as low as 3% with mortgage insurance, reduced origination and closing costs, and flexible lending qualifications.

Register

Managing Student Loan Debt

Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

NEA Member Benefits Specialist Teresa Muench will walk you though the NEA’s online Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator powered by Savi. This online tool provides you with a complete list of repayment options and federal loan forgiveness programs based on your personal information for free. She'll also offer tips on how to avoid common pitfalls, like unnecessary debt consolidation or ineligible loan payments, and answer your general loan questions.

Register

First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program Review (Hawaii County)

Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m.

Purchasing a home doesn't have to just be a dream. Find out how to make your dream a reality, including how down payment assistance programs can help you become a homeowner even sooner. How do they work? What are the qualifications? What is required? How do I apply? This workshop is meant to instill hope that home ownership can still be achieved in Hawaii.

Register

 

March

First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program Review (City and County of Honolulu)

Thursday, March 5, at 5 p.m.

Purchasing a home doesn't have to just be a dream. Find out how to make your dream a reality, including how down payment assistance programs can help you become a homeowner even sooner. How do they work? What are the qualifications? What is required? How do I apply? This workshop is meant to instill hope that home ownership can still be achieved in Hawaii.

Register

First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program Review (Maui County)

Wednesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Purchasing a home doesn't have to just be a dream. Find out how to make your dream a reality, including how down payment assistance programs can help you become a homeowner even sooner. How do they work? What are the qualifications? What is required? How do I apply? This workshop is meant to instill hope that home ownership can still be achieved in Hawaii.

Register

 

April

Health Coverage (EUTF) Open Enrollment

Wednesday, April 1, at 5 p.m.

The Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) provides medical, chiropractic, prescription drug, dental, vision and life insurance benefits to all eligible State of Hawaii, City and County employees and retirees. Now is the time when you should stop and think about health coverage for yourself and your family, and determine which plans will best meet your needs.

This session will be streamed live on HSTA's Facebook page and will be open for public viewing.

Planning Your Financial Journey

Tuesday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m.

This webinar is designed for educators in their 20s through 40s, or new members just starting on their financial journey. Sign up now if you've ever had the following questions: How do I make a budget? How much should I be putting away for retirement? How does my ERS pension work? Will Social Security benefits be around when I retire? What investment options do I have?

Register

 

We'll have a union-wide announcement regarding professional development soon, and 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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