Professional Development

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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.

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.

Key Links

Go to pd.hsta.org to discover professional development opportunities for HSTA members.

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.


The Whole Child

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Founded in 1943, ACSD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organizatin that represents more than 175,000 educators from 119 countries and nearly 60 affiliates who advocate sound policies and share best practices to achieve the success of each learner www.wholechildeducation.org

Checklist for a Teaching Portfolio

An Ongoing Record of Your Professional Life
Maintaining a teaching portfolio can serve a number of purposes.  For example, it can provide a record for background and teaching experience.  It can help you reflect on your work with students. It can help you see your professional progress and growth.  And it can keep all this information at your finger tips.

Create a teaching profile that is meaningful.
Your profile might include some or all of the following:
  • Your professional background
  • Class descriptions: time, grades, and content
  • Written examinations: National Teacher’s Exam, state licensure test
  • A personal statement of teaching philosophy and goals
  • Documentation of what you’ve done to improve your teaching (e.g., a list of seminars you’ve attended)
  • Implemented lesson plans, handouts, and notes
  • Graded student work such as tests, quizzes, and class projects
  • Videotape or audiotape of classroom lessons
  • Colleague observation records
  • Photographs of bulletin boards, chalkboards, or projects

Whether you are a 20-year veteran or just starting out, a portfolio should be a key component of your teaching tools. Portfolios are a nearly universal requirement for the hiring process. Think of a teaching portfolio as an expanded resume. A few personnel administrators will welcome a variety of formats, such as a box of notes, clippings, photos and objects. However, the majority look for a standard 3-ring binder. Inside they will expect to find things that show a teacher’s strengths, goals and achievements. This variety of items could include a resume, references, letters of recommendations, transcripts, education philosophy, classroom management theory, examples of lessons and photos of your classroom in action. It’s not a scrap book, but a representation of your teaching abilities.

Professional Development Credits
For questions regarding professional development credits, call the DOE's Reclassification Department at (808) 441-8383, or go to https://pde3.k12.hi.us.