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Increasing hard-to-staff bonuses would ease Hawaii's teacher shortage crisis

Increasing hard-to-staff bonuses would ease Hawaii's teacher shortage crisis

The DOE needs to expand the complexes eligible and boost annual bonus amounts

The HSTA suggests significantly boosting the dollar amounts bonuses each year at locations plagued by a high percentage of unlicensed teachers, in geographically isolated complexes and where the combination of vacancies and emergency hires makes up more than 10 percent of the teaching force.

  Thursday, November 14, 2019  /  Number of views (2043)
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 (4889)
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 (1646)
New DOE AC policy will bring relief to many hot classrooms

New DOE AC policy will bring relief to many hot classrooms

The installation of LED lights has freed up electricity to install more air conditioning

The Department of Education is making it easier and significantly less expensive to install classroom air conditioning.

  Thursday, August 22, 2019  /  Number of views (4617)
Hundreds of faculty representatives learn how to better serve colleagues

Hundreds of faculty representatives learn how to better serve colleagues

HSTA's Summer Leadership Training prepares educators before many return to class

”We learned about the crisis of our teacher shortage, the benefits of membership, the protections through your contract, the functions of our union, the ways to improve your practice, the value of coming together.” 

  Thursday, August 01, 2019  /  Number of views (341)
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