Join an HSTA committee or workgroup to push for statewide change

As a valued educator, help the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association advocate for critical improvements in public education. Together, we can drive statewide change and ensure success for our students, ourselves, and our colleagues.

As we head into the 2024–2025 school year, we have several openings in our HSTA committees and contract workgroups. If you’re passionate in a certain area, let your leadership know!

For the committee positions, chapter presidents and chapter executive boards are making appointments for vacant positions until all positions are filled. For workgroups, HSTA President Osa Tui, Jr. will submit nominations to the HSTA Board of Directors until all positions are filled.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on one or of these opportunities, please review the options below and submit a request for consideration.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Workgroup

Fact-finding and problem-solving operational and working conditions concerns for teachers assigned to career and technical education (CTE).

Charter, Bylaws, and Resolutions Committee

The CBR committee handles the maintenance of and the amendment process for the guiding documents and principles of the association.

Elections Committee

The Elections committee plans and carries out regularly scheduled chapter and state elections for the association.

English Learner (EL) Committee

Fact-finding and problem-solving operational and working conditions concerns for teachers assigned EL students.

Government Relations Committee

The GR committee helps to determine and works toward achieving the political and legislative goals of the association.

Hawaiian Education Special Committee

The Hawaiian Education Special Committee works to advance the cause of reclaiming and restoring ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and ʻike Hawaiʻi in all of our schools.

Hawaiian Education Workgroup

Fact-finding and problem-solving operational and working conditions concerns for teachers in Hawaiian education, including funding, salary, staffing shortages, training and professional development, technology and educational resources, equitable access to Hawaiian language, and Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawaiʻi.

Human and Civil Rights Committee

The HCR committee engages members in racial and social justice awareness, education, discussion, and action to promote non-discriminatory spaces for educators and learners.

Leave Workgroup

Opportunities to improve the processes and procedures related to teachers’ leave benefits, including revisions and improvement to sick leave and other related leave.

Membership Services Committee

Besides involvement in membership recruitment and engagement, the MS committee is dedicated to creating member benefit programs and partnerships relevant to member interests and needs.

Negotiations Committee

The Negotiations committee monitors current contract administration and gathers feedback to help inform the direction for future collective bargaining.

Special Education Committee

Fact-finding and problem-solving operation and working conditions related to the IEP process.

Student Discipline Workgroup

Research and recommended practices for student discipline have shifted in recent years, creating the need to incorporate models of restorative practice in student behavior management. The workgroup will consider revisions to Article XI – Student Discipline as well as any related student discipline policies and procedures.

Supporting Hawaii’s New Educators (SHiNE) Committee

The SHiNE committee, open to new and experienced educators, works to support members who are new to the profession and/or new to our islands.

Teacher Transfer Program Workgroup

To work toward the possible development of a pilot transfer program that would improve the current transfer process, and expand transfer opportunities year-round for all teachers including probationary teachers.

Participation in workgroups may involve meetings after the normal workday, on weekends, or even on HSTA-provided release days from work. Meetings may also be either virtual or in person, and will need members who will make every effort to attend meetings and provide meaningful feedback and participation.

Please note that to the greatest extent possible, President Tui will make nominations with a focus on, but not limited to:

Use the form below to indicate your interest in a specific workgroup or committee. If you’d like to be considered for more than one group, please submit a separate form for each group.