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Kauai teacher discusses Hawaii's low wages, lack of affordability on PBS Hawaii

Kauai teacher discusses Hawaii's low wages, lack of affordability on PBS Hawaii

Sarah Tochiki of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School shares the struggles of being a teacher in Hawaii's public school system

"I think our biggest export right now isn't pineapples. It's our most educated children who are moving to the mainland, and they know they can find better opportunities."

 

  Thursday, November 07, 2019  /  Number of views (1152)
Nominations open for HSTA's 2020 Pono and Friend of Youth awards

Nominations open for HSTA's 2020 Pono and Friend of Youth awards

Recognize someone who is making a difference in your community

The Hawaii State Teachers Association's Human and Civil Rights Committee is seeking nominations for its Pono and Friend of Youth Awards. Nominations are due Jan. 10, 2020.

  Thursday, November 07, 2019  /  Number of views (1029)
Vote for HSTA's next members-only T-shirt design

Vote for HSTA's next members-only T-shirt design

Dozens of entries were submitted, now help us choose the finalists!

Members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association have submitted their designs, and now it's your turn to help us choose the finalists! Voting is open through Nov. 10.

  Thursday, October 31, 2019  /  Number of views (11188)
Teacher shortage crisis forces principals to hire Hawaiian immersion teachers who don’t speak Hawaiian

Teacher shortage crisis forces principals to hire Hawaiian immersion teachers who don’t speak Hawaiian

Better support and incentives would help fill immersion vacancies

Being a Hawaiian immersion teacher is "more than just a job, it is a mission," say those devoted to the field, which requires huge amounts of extra work creating and implementing curricula in the Hawaiian language that's not readily available. 

  Thursday, October 31, 2019  /  Number of views (6027)
Learn more about the 2020 Complex Area Teachers of the Year

Learn more about the 2020 Complex Area Teachers of the Year

Sixteen educators from across the state were honored last week by the governor and superintendent

The Complex Area Teachers of the Year represent the best of the profession. Read more about them and hear from them in a brief video.

  Tuesday, October 29, 2019  /  Number of views (1456)
Keiki encouraged to 'stay in the light' at Molokai Social Justice Youth Summit

Keiki encouraged to 'stay in the light' at Molokai Social Justice Youth Summit

Educators, students, families, and community partners gather for inaugural event

The inaugural event took place Oct. 26 at Kulana Oiwi, and featured community organizations, student presentations, interactive keiki activities, and keynote speaker Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, a cultural practitioner and community leader.

  Monday, October 28, 2019  /  Number of views (531)
Ewa Beach educator honored as DOE's 2020 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year

Ewa Beach educator honored as DOE's 2020 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year

Top teachers from each complex area lauded at Washington Place ceremony

Cecilia Chung, a sixth-grade teacher at Kaimiloa Elementary in Ewa Beach, was honored Friday as the 2020 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year.

  Friday, October 25, 2019  /  Number of views (2585)
SpEd teachers say more prep time, pay would help ease special ed teacher shortage

SpEd teachers say more prep time, pay would help ease special ed teacher shortage

HSTA SpEd leaders say collaboration time and relevant PD are also needed 

The National Council on Teacher Quality reports at least 35 of the major school districts across the country already offer SpEd teachers a financial bonus of some kind, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 a year. Hawaii offers no pay differential for SpEd teachers.

  Tuesday, October 22, 2019  /  Number of views (2663)
Hawaii State FCU still has about $20K remaining in teacher grants

Hawaii State FCU still has about $20K remaining in teacher grants

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 31

The program allows teachers in the State of Hawaii Department of Education to obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics, equipment and other basic necessities for their classrooms with grants up to $500.

  Friday, October 18, 2019  /  Number of views (3693)
HSTA wins award for tobacco control efforts

HSTA wins award for tobacco control efforts

If feds don't act, the state should ban flavored vape products

HSTA was honored for its tobacco control efforts as deaths and illnesses mount from vaping.

  Thursday, October 17, 2019  /  Number of views (480)
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