Professional Development

As a focused, dynamic organization of involved members collaboratively creating quality public education, the Hawaii State Teachers Association continually strives to offer its members educator-centric opportunities for professional growth and lifelong learning.

HSTA Professional Development

The HSTA Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Department strives to bring quality professional development to our members. We review and vet all courses that are offered through our website. Courses offered are PDE3 approved. Here are our plans for the coming year.

View the current offerings at pd.hsta.org

PDE3 Registration and Reclassification

Click here for step-by-step instructions about registering for your PD course and submitting credits for reclassification.

Watch the video tutorial below for step-by-step instructions to register for a course. You can also watch it on YouTube.

21 hours flexibility pilot program expected soon, but with restrictions

Ever since the Hawaii State Teachers Association announced a supplemental contract agreement with the Hawaii Department of Education, we've received a number of inquiries from educators about the status of Superintendent Christina Kishimoto’s plan to allow for a pilot program for tenured teachers rated “highly effective” the option to flex up to seven of their 21 hours of job-embedded professional development for teacher-initiated activities.

HSTA knew this option would be something of great interest to many teachers. Unfortunately, DOE officials took quite a while to draft the details of the program and only recently notified HSTA that they are finalizing the memo and related documents for the field.

Get the full update here

Outside Professional Development Opportunities

As an organization we work to bring the best opportunities to our members to advance their training and skill sets. These are training opportunities outside of the PDE3 system. We are mindful of the needs of our teachers. When adding opportunities to this section we consider the cost as well as the content.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerances mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. In addition to the free webinars, they offer other resources for professional development

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies has been a leader in early childhood education for 40 years. With ground-breaking solutions and a strong belief that a child’s first eight years form a critical foundation for school success, Teaching Strategies provides the most innovative and effective curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family engagement resources to programs serving children from birth through third grade.


EdWeb.net is a free social network and professional learning community. It is a community for teachers to learn from each other and support each other's needs. Learning communities can be set up for staff, schools, and complexes. Teachers can participate in the webinars that are offered for free.

Wide Open School

Wide Open School has several live and recorded training opportunities. The sessions are developed by Common Sense, a leader in distance and blended learning resources. The opportunities are customizable by using the drop down options at the top/middle of the page.

Education Week Webinars

Ed Week is an independent news organization that provides comprehensive coverage on K-12 education news, analysis, and opinion. They have several offerings each month of free webinars. They also offer premium webinars for a fee.

Intercultural Development Research Association

IDRA is an independent, non-profit organization. Their mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. They offer free webinars to support teacher knowledge in all areas of the classroom. After a webinar has run, they have the recordings available for review.


Pearson is known for cutting edge literature and resources for teachers. The Digital Learning Webinar Series offers the same quality information for teachers that Pearson is known to offer.

Education Elements

Educational Elements is an education consulting firm that works with districts to address their specific needs to improve the student and teacher experience. They are offering free webinars as well as the recorded webinars that have run during the summer.