Shortage differentials that the Hawaii State Department of Education began in January for special education classroom teachers, Hawaiian language immersion educators and teachers at hard-to-staff schools will continue in school year 2020–21, after the department confirmed the eligibility criteria in a memo published this week.
Leeward Community College’s Teacher Education Program is looking to expand its team of teacher educators who are committed to teacher preparation in the Leeward communities and across the state.
"Having just come from student teaching and graduating, I felt that I was set and ready to take on the world and my own classroom. I was not prepared for the feeling of failure."
The University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Education is partnering with the University of Connecticut Early Childhood Consortium to develop experts in early childhood intervention for infants and young children with high-intensity needs because of significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.
DOE, BOE leaders commit to a multi-phased approach to help end the teacher shortage crisis.
The proposals to address compression, create shortage differentials for SpEd and Hawaiian language immersion educators and expand hard-to-staff bonuses are a positive step forward in the HSTA's five-year plan to end the statewide teacher shortage crisis.
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.
It’s not too late to join the DOE for this summer’s Hawaii State Special Education (HSSE) Conference, “Together For Our Keiki," which takes place July 15 through 25 at various statewide sites.
Watch HSTA President Corey Rosenlee address Hawaii's teacher pay and shortage at our 47th Annual State Convention.
In the coming weeks, we may be asking for your help to submit and deliver testimony. Each committee announces their agenda with just 48 hours notice, so expect to receive requests last-minute.