HSTA CARES is an initiative by the Hawaii State Teachers Association’s Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCR) to integrate social and racial justice principles into education to create schools and communities that are safe, inclusive, and equitable​ for all keiki.

Call for professional development and training team applicants

HCR is looking for approximately five members who are passionate about social and racial justice to apply for our HSTA CARES professional development and training team. This cadre will develop and conduct training in the form of PDE3 courses approved by the Hawaii State Department of Education and offered under HSTA’s Professional Development program. Members will also develop and lead workshops to share this content on a smaller scale.

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Training content

All members will participate in a virtual training by the NEA Center for Social Justice on implicit bias. They will collaborate to develop a corresponding virtual PDE3 course that is tailored to Hawaii educators and incorporates content specific to Hawaii public school students, schools, and communities. Team members will also be tasked with conducting smaller workshops at HSTA, school, and/or community events as needed. All content developed during this process will be owned by HSTA.

Course Description

Implicit Bias
Implicit bias refers to the attitudes, beliefs or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases often manifest themselves in the forms of microaggressions and stereotypes. Everyone has implicit bias, but few of us are aware of it and how it impacts our daily experiences. For educators, implicit bias may have a negative effect on our students’ behavior and academic outcomes. This session will share real-life examples of different implicit bias, microaggressions and stereotypes, how they impact our schools and provide practical strategies to address and confront them in ourselves and others.

Participants will:

  • Define implicit bias and identify key characteristics,
  • Define microaggressions and identify key characteristics,
  • Define stereotypes and identify key characteristics, and
  • Identify specific steps and strategies to challenge implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotypes.


Members shall agree to a commitment of approximately one year. Swipe on mobile to view full table.

Application deadline Extended to Monday, May 10
Team notification and confirmation Through May
Initial meeting and orientation Monday, June 7, 8–10 a.m.
Online coursework June 8 through June 14
NEA training (~6 sessions plus small group work)

Tuesday, June 15, through Tuesday, July 20

  • Tuesday, June 15
    8–10 a.m.
    12–2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 8
    8–10 a.m.
    12–2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 15
    8–10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 20
    8–10 a.m.
PDE3 training Friday, July 23, at 9 a.m.
Monthly check-ins August through October
Finalize and submit course to PDE3 November


HSTA CARES PD and training team members must be active HSTA members in good standing and demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity toward diversity issues,
  • Appreciation of and sensitivity toward cultural differences,
  • Strong oral and written communication skills,
  • Strong interpersonal skills,
  • Ability to absorb and utilize information quickly,
  • Ability to work as a team member, and
  • Availability to execute cadre training responsibilities.
  • Experience in training adult learners preferred.


Each HSTA CARES team member shall be compensated $500 for workshop and PD course development. Participants must sign a Memorandum of Understanding that reflects their commitment to this project and designates HSTA as content owner. Failure to meet this commitment will result in removal from the training team.

Members who lead PD course instruction will be paid as an independent contractor under HSTA’s PD program. Instructors may teach the course separately or as a team.


If you would like to join the team, please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 10. We strongly suggest members have at least three years of teaching experience before applying for this program. This application requires a letter of recommendation. You may also attach your resume or CV if desired.

Questions include:

  • Share your social and/or racial justice journey with us. What sparked your passion and how has it shaped or guided you?
  • What is your experience in social and/or racial justice? Please specify whether this experience is in Hawaii or elsewhere.
  • What are the biggest challenges regarding social and/or racial justice in education in Hawaii, and what are you doing or would like to do to overcome them?
  • Please describe your proficiency and experience in creating professional development and/or training, and/or classroom or curriculum planning.

Applications are being processed via Google Form and you will need to sign into a Google Account to view it.

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HSTA CARES logo was designed by Alika Masei, a former HCR Leeward Chapter member.