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How to connect with your students, and yourself, during this COVID-19 crisis

How to connect with your students, and yourself, during this COVID-19 crisis

A full release mentor shares her perspective in a new world of distance teaching and learning

As a result of the ongoing stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic, typical challenges that face teachers, especially new educators, seem more daunting now.

  Tuesday, May 12, 2020  /  Number of views (988)
As lawmakers reconvene, hundreds testify against pay cuts

As lawmakers reconvene, hundreds testify against pay cuts

One teacher said, 'Students cannot suffer further'

More than 450 people — many of them teachers — sent in testimony urging lawmakers to stop any effort to cut state workers’ salaries, which would worsen the teacher shortage crisis as well as the state economy.

  Monday, May 11, 2020  /  Number of views (925)
Legislature reconvenes today, public can view sessions online and on-air

Legislature reconvenes today, public can view sessions online and on-air

The Capitol remains closed to the public as lawmakers look for ways to avoid state employee pay cuts and shore up the budget

When the 2020 Legislative session reconvenes Monday, the Hawaii State Capitol will be secured and closed to the general public, but hearings and floor sessions will be broadcast and live-streamed.

  Monday, May 11, 2020  /  Number of views (304)
Submit testimony in support of state budget bill; swift action necessary to avoid pay cuts

Submit testimony in support of state budget bill; swift action necessary to avoid pay cuts

House Bill 2200 relating to the state budget to be heard Monday

Hawaii's general revenue has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and lawmakers have worked out a plan to cover a projected $1 billion gap without cutting your pay. The Senate Committee on Ways & Means will be hearing House Bill 2200, HD1, relating to the state budget, this Monday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol.

  Saturday, May 09, 2020  /  Number of views (941)
Mid-Pacific Institute offers free webinars on distance learning and more

Mid-Pacific Institute offers free webinars on distance learning and more

Unstructured video conferences held three times a week for connections, questions, support

Participate in free half-hour or one-hour virtual sessions to improve your teaching practice or just hang out to ask questions and receive support Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after school.

  Friday, May 08, 2020  /  Number of views (609)
Teacher evaluation changes because of COVID-19 explained

Teacher evaluation changes because of COVID-19 explained

Modifications made to EES after school buildings were closed in mid-March

The HSTA worked to ensure that teachers will not be penalized if they are unable to complete all of the components of the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) as school buildings are now closed because of the pandemic.

  Friday, May 08, 2020  /  Number of views (360)
Lawmakers' short-term plan will avoid state employee pay cuts

Lawmakers' short-term plan will avoid state employee pay cuts

Money chairs say they can cover a $1 billion shortfall without reducing workers’ salaries

The chairs of the state Senate Ways and Means and state House Finance committees say they believe they can balance the state budget that’s been hit hard by a lack of tourism during the coronavirus, without having to reduce public employees’ pay in the months ahead.

  Friday, May 08, 2020  /  Number of views (1548)
Schools superintendent ‘not supporting’ pay cut

Schools superintendent ‘not supporting’ pay cut

Superintendent Kishimoto wants to use federal relief funds to continue shortage differentials

DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Thursday she opposes pay cuts and hopes to use federal coronavirus relief funds to continue shortage differentials for special education, Hawaiian language immersion, and hard-to-staff teachers next school year.

  Thursday, May 07, 2020  /  Number of views (2603)
Legislative leaders: 'Main purpose' of reconvening Monday is to avoid pay cuts or furloughs

Legislative leaders: 'Main purpose' of reconvening Monday is to avoid pay cuts or furloughs

Lawmakers want to stop the possible reduction state workers' pay that would worsen Hawaii's economy during the pandemic

State House Speaker Scott Saiki said Thursday the “main purpose” of reconvening the Legislature will be working with Gov. David Ige to find other options or alternatives to what Saiki called “drastic budget cuts and furloughs” to stabilize state finances during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Thursday, May 07, 2020  /  Number of views (716)
HSTA Welcome Home Mortgage Program puts homeownership within reach

HSTA Welcome Home Mortgage Program puts homeownership within reach

Members encouraged to register for informational webinar on May 20

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union presents the HSTA Welcome Home Mortgage Program to provide educators stronger financial security through affordable and simple mortgage financing.

  Wednesday, May 06, 2020  /  Number of views (682)
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