Teacher Institute Day

Following record 2021 attendance and overwhelming feedback, the Hawaii State Teachers Association’s 2022 Teacher Institute Day will once again be virtual.

Monday, Feb. 7, 2022


Friday, Feb. 11, 2022



What you had to say

This is probably the best HSTA Institute Day general session I’ve ever attended.

Thanks to the virtual mode, I could hear every word. I didn’t have to leave the comfort of my home, and I was able to immediately take action on certain things, such as updating my HSTA account information and subscribing to emails.

I hope you guys decide to keep this format for the future! Both my wife and I are teachers and we can both log in, attend sessions, and not have to worry about babysitters for our own children.

I really loved this platform for Institute day. I vote for online Institute days because we can stay in our PJs! It felt up close and personal. I love how we can ask questions in the chat as well as receive links to documents. It allowed me to be efficient in organizing my day and getting things accomplished.

It reduced a lot of stress of the day. I didn’t have to drive to town, look for parking, pay for parking, wait in a ton of long lines and — the best one yet — there was no line at the women’s restrooms!! Heehee!!

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.