Teacher Institute Day

Mahalo for making the Hawaii State Teachers Association’s 2021 Teacher Institute Week a success! Our first-ever virtual Institute drew record attendance this year.

Our online Institute Marketplace with exclusive promotions and discounts and event evaluation form will remain open through Monday, Feb. 15. Please be sure to share your feedback with us!

While we missed seeing our friends and colleagues in person, many of you said you enjoyed your own personal, front-row seat to the action.

Institute Prize Winners

We conducted a random drawing of participants who signed in for their chapter’s Institute Day. Congratulations to our three grand prize winners, who each won a $500 gift card for merchandise in-store or online at Costco, and chapter winners who each receive $25 gift cards!

Grand Prize (3)

Jerene Cluney, Makawao Elementary (Maui)
Carole Hasan, Konawaena Middle (Kona)
Louise Katahara, Pearl City Highlands Elementary (Leeward)

Honolulu (16)

  • Misha Ajimine, Koko Head Elementary
  • Lauren Arakawa, Likelike Elementary
  • Macarmela “Juna” Dulog, Waialae Elementary Pcs
  • Genevieve Honda, Wilson Elementary
  • Alex Kiyokane, Noelani Elementary
  • Kristi Komeiji, Kaimuki Middle
  • Wilfred Lam, Noelani Elementary
  • Alison Nakamatsu, Manoa Elementary
  • Lynn Okamoto, Kamiloiki Elementary
  • Kristin Okinaka, Kapalama Elementary
  • Jena Otto, Jefferson Elementary
  • Tara Stay, Waikiki Elementary
  • Darren Takushi, Kalihi-Kai Elementary
  • Lani Watanabe, Washington Middle
  • Mindy Westenhaver, Kaimuki High
  • Jeanette Yasui, Kalihi-Kai Elementary

Central (16)

  • Leanna Marie Agustin, Makalapa Elementary
  • Lisa Espiritu, Nimitz Elementary
  • Robert Fujii, Mililani Middle
  • Kristi Hammann, Kipapa Elementary
  • Jennifer Kim, Wahiawa Middle
  • Audrey Marumoto, Wahiawa Middle
  • Heaven Medrano Santiago, Leilehua High
  • Ashley Neve, Solomon Elementary
  • Wendy Ogawa, Central District Office
  • Jihae Paek, Aliamanu Middle
  • Daniel Pavao, Mililani High
  • Paul Stanley, Mililani Middle
  • Jennifer Takamori, Mililani Middle
  • Santa Vargas, Aiea Elementary
  • Kelly Victor, Waialua High-Inter
  • Felisa Ednie, Aliamanu Elementary

Leeward (20)

  • Anne Alves, Waianae Intermediate
  • Maricelle Ancheta, Pohakea Elementary
  • Romona Chun-Shishido, Holomua Elementary
  • Jo-Lyn Correa, Maili Elementary
  • Matthew Crowell, Waianae High
  • Jennifer Ebato, Holomua Elementary
  • Maricar Esmena-Carter, Iroquois Point Elementary
  • Eleyne Fia, Campbell High
  • Kimberly Hollingsworth, Leihoku Elementary
  • Liann Kanda, Pohakea Elementary
  • Dawn Kanoho, Momilani Elementary
  • Brenda Kikuyama, Ahrens Elementary
  • Noreen Kong, Maili Elementary
  • Kyle Martin, Pearl City High
  • Charles Pascua, Nanaikapono Elementary
  • Dean Sugiyama, Ewa Elementary
  • Arianna Sundstrom, Makaha Elementary
  • Maya Terhune, Hawaii Technology Academy Pcs
  • Stephanie Tonokawa, Waipahu High
  • Dillon Yeung, Kapolei Middle

Windward (8)

  • Joe Barszcz, Kailua High
  • Keri Davis, Heeia Elementary
  • Crystal Doi, Kapunahala Elementary
  • Lorey Ishihara, Kahuku High & Intermediate
  • Lynne Leclaire, Kapunahala Elementary
  • Josephine Malama, Puohala Elementary
  • Kimberly Reindollar, Kainalu Elementary
  • Natalie Sur, Olomana School

Hilo (8)

  • Jeannine Baker, Pahoa High-Inter
  • Ben Blakemore, Keaau Middle
  • Chad Caceres, Kalanianaole Elem-Inter
  • Kathy Chun, Mountain View Elem
  • Kulamanu Kala Goodhue, Volcano Sch Arts-Sciences Pcs
  • Melanie Matsumura-Uyeda, Waiakeawaena Elementary
  • Brianna Sanchez, Keaau High
  • Kaimiloa Yoshida, Keaau Middle

Kona (4)

  • Ashley Hirowatari, Konawaena High
  • Tim Scott, Kealakehe Elementary
  • Mari Souza, Waikoloa Elem & Middle
  • Kalaniakea Wilson, Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino

Kohala (4)

  • Blaise Kise, Kohala High
  • Mel Rufo, Kohala Elementary
  • Dean Snelling, Kohala High
  • Anne Tucker, Kohala Elementary

Hamakua (4)

  • Lisa Anderson, Honokaa High-Inter
  • Ashley Gomera, Waimea Elementary
  • Christy Hirae, Paauilo Elem-Inter
  • Karol Wack, Honokaa Elementary

Molokai (4)

  • Tracy Ann K Davis, Kaunakakai Elementary
  • Michelle Maioho, Kualapuu Elementary Pcs
  • Cassiopeia Nieves, Kilohana Elementary
  • Karen Poepoe, Kualapuu Elementary Pcs

Maui (8)

  • Shannon Alueta, Baldwin High
  • Lori Cabacungan, Wailuku Elementary
  • Todd Craine, Kihei Elementary
  • Zhorein Galicinao, Pomaikai Elementary
  • Jemmie Godwin-Smith, Kihei Pcs
  • Bridgette Uʻi Ige, Paia Elementary
  • Kristi Kakiuchi, Kula Elementary
  • Jon Shigaki, Lahainaluna High

Lanai (4)

  • Monique Bolo, Lanai High-Elem
  • Kerri Glickstein, Lanai High-Elem
  • Janet Lee Saiki, Lanai High-Elem
  • Yvonne Urbas-Leboeuf, Lanai High-Elem

Kauai (4)

  • Diane Kellett, Kapaa Elementary
  • Jon Kissida, Kilauea Elementary
  • Farrah Krovoza, Kilauea Elementary
  • Heather Morgado, Kauai High

Institute Dates

Monday, Feb. 8


Tuesday, Feb. 9


Wednesday, Feb. 10

Maui and Lanai

Thursday, Feb. 11

Hawaii Island

Friday, Feb. 12



8 to 8:30 a.m. Sign in
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. General session*
10 to 10:45 a.m. Workshop #1
11 to 11:45 a.m. Workshop #2

*Molokai Chapter’s general session will begin at 8:20 a.m.

Instructions and tips

Hawaii State Department of Education employees will be allowed to attend Institute Day from their classroom or office if they are not able to access the virtual event from another location of their choice.

According to a recent HIDOE memo, “During these unusual times and uncertainty under the COVID-19 pandemic, EOs and Teachers will be allowed to participate in the online virtual events from a HIDOE classroom or office. If an exception is needed because the school is not able to accommodate for the presence on campus, the faculty should be notified. In addition, employees should be asked to sign-in in case of an emergency.” Please note, if you choose to log on from home and will not physically be on campus, you do not need to check in with your school or worksite.

View the memo


Workshop Presented By Description
Retirement…Your Best Years! HSTA-Retired HSTA-Retired members will inform active teachers of the need to plan for retirement. Information will be shared about retirement updates, estimating expenses, useful websites, and contact information, including the “9 Steps to a Happy Retirement.”
Employees’ Retirement System Overview ERS This 30-minute video provides a general overview of the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii. Topics include ERS plans, retirement types, membership, pension requirements and calculations, filing an application, unused sick leave benefit, post-retirement increase, and active death benefits.
Your Health Benefits EUTF, HMSA, Kaiser Learn more about your health plan benefits from the Employer Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF). Then hear from representatives from HMSA and Kaiser about health plan options and how to select a plan that is right for you.
NEA Member Benefits and the Student Debt Navigator NEA Member Benefits Please join us for a brief overview on how to access the 75+ programs available to members that help them save time and money and get a handle on all of their financial matters. A portion of the time will be dedicated to making sure you are aware of all the support and resources you have at your fingertips to help you navigate the student loan forgiveness programs. Make the most of your membership and join us to learn how!
All About 403(b)s and Management NEA Retirement Specialist In this webinar, NEA Retirement Specialists will review the different types of 403(b)s offered in the Department of Education. It also covers the questions that you should be asking of your financial advisor. We will also cover the differences between Strategic (passive) management and Tactical (active) money management.
HSTA VEBA Trust (including Long-Term Care Education) Brenda Shiroma, HSTA VEBA Trust;
Donna Bowman, Long-Term Care Insurance
The HSTA VEBA Trust is happy to announce open enrollment for Basic Plus Life Insurance, Short-Term Income Protection, Accident Insurance and Critical Illness. Take advantage of this opportunity to enroll without having to complete additional forms. Come learn about one of your best benefits offered, Long-Term Care Insurance. It’s an effective way to help you remain independent for as long as possible when you are disabled. Take advantage of the great group rates available for you as an HSTA member.
First-time Homebuyer Assistance Program Hawaii Homeownership Center Find out how you can make homeownership a reality by utilizing loan products and assistance programs to help you become a first-time homeowner. Learn about what products and assitance programs are currently available, the qualifications for each program, and the application process.
Educator Effectiveness System: Teacher Evaluation Info (for Non-Tenured) EES Committee This session is tailored specifically for new hires or those new to the HIDOE. Teacher members of the EES Joint Committee will provide an overview of the temporary modifications to the EES for the 2020–21 school year due to COVID-19 and adjusted teaching assignments. Q&A time will follow.
Educator Effectiveness System: Teacher Evaluation Info (forTenured) EES Committee This session is tailored specifically for tenured or experienced teachers familiar with EES. Teacher members of the EES Joint Committee will provide an overview of the temporary modifications to the EES for the 2020–21 school year due to COVID-19 and adjusted teaching assignments. Q&A time will follow.
English Learner (EL) Committee Listening Session EL Committee The EL Committee wants to hear from you! The EL Committee was established for the purpose of fact-finding and problem-solving operational and working condition concerns for teachers assigned to EL students.
Early Educator Support SHiNE Committee Join us for a brief introduction on how to get involved in HSTA SHiNE (Supporting Hawaii’s New Educators) and help us identify areas where you, as a new(er) educator, could use HSTA support through an unconference format.
Reclassification How-To Teacher Leader Would you like to move up in the pay scale? This workshop will help you navigate the reclassification paperwork and also show you how to register for PD courses offered by HSTA.
Negotiations Workshop Negotiations Committee Your voice matters. Join the HSTA Negotiations Committee and Team for a discussion about your next contract.
Examining School Policies through a Social and Racial Justice Lens HCR Committee This interactive session for educators examines school policies through a social and racial justice lens, and brainstorm solutions for change. Participants are encouraged to review a common policy in their school or classroom and discuss its impact on students. What is the ultimate purpose of a policy, and is it doing more harm than good? How can policies be changed to better reflect the diversity of our students and communities? Re-evaluating these “standard” practices allows us to  deepen our understanding of and strengthen connections with our students.
Teacher Licensing, Simplified HTSB Licensing Specialist Educators will explore the process of applying for a license, adding fields to your current license as well as license renewals. The session will wrap with question and answer time facilitated by a licensing specialist from the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.
Making Ethical Decisions in a Digital Classroom, and Beyond HTSB Licensing Specialist What could possibly go wrong? We will discuss professional ethics and their application to classrooms, focusing on the digital age and a proactive approach to ethical decision-making.
Are You NBCT Ready? National Board Certified Teacher Information Session HTSB Licensing Specialist & NBCT Ambassador The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification is the highest professional distinction available in education. It benefits students, teachers, and school systems by advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the revised, teacher-friendly process incorporating the latest research in best practices in teaching! Find out about the resources, support and financial incentives offered in Hawaii. Learn more >
Military Culture Course Military School Liaison Officers The abridged Military Culture Course condenses the seven-week (21+ hour course) into 45 minutes offering participants a sneak peek into the course. This breakout session provides an overview of military culture and discusses matters related to military-connected students and families. Attendees will learn about the military mission in Hawaii, the impact of frequent relocations, and review a few strategies to respond to the educational and social-emotional needs of this highly transient population. Our objective is to help attendees develop a better understanding of military family life and stir up interest in joining the full free course offered through PDE3 in September 2021.

2020 Teacher Institute Week

About Teacher Institute Day

Teacher Institute is a contractual work day for all Bargaining Unit 05 members and attendance is expected.

Teacher Institute Day began in the 1960s as a day for teachers to meet and work on school-related issues. In 1972, HSTA negotiated this important time into the contract to guard against it being taken away. In the early years, the Association used Teacher Institute Day to inform teachers about negotiations, lobbying, political action and grievance processing. As time progressed, HSTA introduced workshops to help teachers with their jobs and personal concerns such as retirement and health care. Teacher Institute Day is the single largest professional development day on the school calendar. It covers a variety of topics for professional and personal growth and features noteworthy keynote speakers.

In 2017, the focus of Institute Day was to inform teachers about negotiations and their contract. Thousands of teachers united and rallied and made their voices heard at the Hawaii State Capitol. As a result of strong collective action across the state that spring, the HSTA negotiated a nearly 14-percent pay hike over four years.