September 26, 2019
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HAIS Heads & Trustees Workshop: Register by Oct. 18
This workshop is intended for senior administration and trustees from HAIS member schools.
Guest speakers:
  • Donna Orem, NAIS President
  • NEW! Kitty Yannone, CEO of CommPac Strategic Collaboration
  • Communication and Arnold Laanui, FBI Special Agent & Advanced Instructor
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 
Time: Workshop: 8:00am - 4:30pm & Reception: 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Cost: $240 (includes Lunch and Reception)
Save-The-Date! Stanford Vaping Prevention Training: Nov. 6 & 7
Presented in partnership with the Department of Health - Tobacco Prevention and Education Program, with funding made available by the Tobacco Prevention & Control Trust Fund.
  • 6th - Oahu - Location: Saint Louis School
  • 7th - Maui - Location: Kamehameha Schools, Maui Campus
Cost: Free
Schools are encouraged to send teams of 3 - head of school to attend the first 1 1/2 hours and 1 administrator and 1 teacher to attend the complete training.
Travel Scholarships will be available for HAIS Neighbor Island member schools for both trainings.
Registration opening soon.
HAIS Learning Walks: Register by Nov. 8
The goal of the Learning Walks is to improve practice through observation and reflection, while building collaboration among colleagues from HAIS member schools. Participants will spend a day at a host school observing student learning, teaching and learning strategies, and learning environments. This experience is also intended to give participants the opportunity to reflect on their own practice.
Want to Go on a Learning Walk?
Sign up today to visit: Le Jardin School, Punahou School, or Hanahau'oli School
(Please Note: Participants may register for multiple learning walks but space is limited to 12 participants per learning walk). Each visit will run from approximately 8am-1pm (5 hours) & lunch will be provided.
HAIS Office Closed During Conference
The HAIS Office will be closed from Wed., Oct. 2 - Fri. Oct. 4 for the Schools of the Future Conference at the Hawai'i Convention Center. If you need to contact us, please email the HAIS Info account, which we will be checking periodically.
Email: Info
IPA Observes 15th Founders Day
Island Pacific Academy, Kapolei's first independent private college preparatory school, observed the facility's 15th Founders' Day with a school-wide celebration on Sept. 13. A portrait of the school's three founders, Dr. Dan and Judy White, and Larry Caster, was unveiled at the event and will be on permanent display in the school's administrative offices. " It's important for IPA’s community to honor our founders and school history each year, " said Gerald Teramae, Head of School for IPA. " This year, we were pleased to have all three founders join us for the festivities to mark 15 years of operations."
In an interview published in the Star Advertiser, HAIS's Dr. Philip Bossert discusses the new law that requires all independent schools in Hawai'i to be licensed by HCPS or accredited by a recognized agency.
HAIS Meetings
HAIS Summer School Directors Meeting: Oct. 15
The HAIS Summer School Directors will be meeting Oct. 15. More information regarding the meeting location and agenda will be sent out later. Please RSVP even if you are unable to attend to update your contact information and provide a headcount by Oct. 2.
Times: 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: Punahou School
RSPV: by Oct. 2 using the RSVP Form
Questions: Jon Koshiba
HAIS Advancement Roundtable : Oct. 25
HAIS Advancement colleagues are invited to a brown bag roundtable - the discussion topic will be Annual Giving. bBe prepared to discuss what has worked well and where your challenges are within annual giving.
Times:  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location:  Sullivan Administrative Building Boardroom, Punahou School
Bring:  BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento) - Drinks and treats provided
Parking: P arking details will be sent out closer to the meeting
RSVP:  Limited attendance to 20 people. Please RSVP to Kristen Spilker .
SOTF Conference Updates
2019 LSOTF Pre-Conference: Oct. 2
2019 SOTF Conference: Oct. 3 - 4
Registration Available Throughout the Conference!
October 3 & 4 (2-day) - $550
October 3 (1-day) - $275
October 4 (1-day) - $275
LSOTF Pre-Conference (Oct. 2) - SOLD OUT!
LSOTF 3-day (Oct. 2, 3, & 4) - $625

Group Discount:
A group discount of 10% off the rate in effect at the time of registration is available for groups of 10 or more. To receive the discount code, please email Megan Polak .

Please note that we will still offer the 10% group discount rate for groups of 10 or more from the same school or organization.
Conference Program Available to Download!
View the SOTF Program by downloading the FREE Conference App on your mobile device! 
1. Go to the App or Google Play Store 
2. Download: SOTF Conference 2019
3. Open the App and create account
4. Complete your profile and browse the program!
Please see the links below for the program available through Apple, Google, or our online Program.
What's New
Post SOTF Conference: EdCamp Honolulu 2019
Fresh off the heels of the Schools of the Future Conference is EdCamp Honolulu 2019. EdCamps are "UNconferences" that are free, vendor-free, participant-driven professional development events where the attendees determine the topics and facilitate the sessions, which are conversations - NOT presentations. EdCamp Honolulu will be an event full of rich discussions, cool demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on learning. Join on Saturday, October 5 at Hongwanji Mission School. Stay after EdCamp for a learning opportunity with Wonder Workshop’s Director of Strategic Education Outreach Brian L. Miller.
Event Schedule:
8:00 - 8:25 Check-In Hongwanji Mission School 1728 Pali Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96813
8:25 - 9:15 Kickoff, Introductions & Schedule
9:30 - 10:10 (40 min) Session 1
10:15 - 11:55 (40 min) Session 2
11:00 - 11:30 Lunch & Network
11:40 - 12:20 (40 min) Session 3
12:30 - 1:00 EdCamp Closing
1:30 - 2:30 Hands-On Training with Wonder Workshop
Keynote Speakers
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
Professor, Education, Psychology & Neuroscience at USC
Keynote Speaker, Oct. 3
Sal Khan
Founder , Khan Academy
Keynote Speaker, Oct. 3
Jennie Magiera
Chief Program Officer, EdTechTeam , Oct. 4
Featured Speakers
  • Bill Bass - Innovation Coordinator, Instructional Technology, Information, and Library Media in Parkway School District in St. Louis; President, ISTE Board of Directors
  • Valerie Bayne Carroll - Master Teaching Artist, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
  • Kate Blanchard - Managing Director, Learner Variability & Special Education Initiative Teach For America
  • Amber Duonnolo - Ed.S Director, Sanford Harmony
  • Dale Erquiaga - President & CEO, Communities In Schools
  • Godwin Higa - Ret. Principal, the first Trauma Informed School in San Diego, Cherokee Point Elementary School
  • Laura Jana - Pediatrican, Author, and Connector of Dots
  • Laura McBain - Lab Director of Community Implementation, Stanford
  • Christel McGuigan - High School Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Poet Ali - Presenter, Rachel's Challenge
  • Luke Ritchie - Head of School, Annesley Junior School
  • Paul Singer - Head of School, Assets School. Featured Speaker for Learning Variabilities Track
  • Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa - Professor, Harvard Extension School "The Neuroscience of Learning and Achievement." Featured Speaker for Learning Variabilities Track
  • Mike Walker - Head of School, San Francisco Day School
DHS Credit at SOTF
The HAIS Early Learning Committee has identified 25+ sessions at the Schools of the Future Conference that meet the training requirements set forth by the Hawai'i Department of Human Services (DHS). Certificates will be available for pick-up during the conference, at the HSTE bookstore.

How it Works:
  • Name badge QR codes will be scanned at the start of each eligible session.
  • Certificates to be printed on-site at the HSTE Conference Bookstore, located in the Exhibition Hall
  • Certificates will be issued for each qualifying session attended and will be held at the Bookstore until the conclusion of the Conference.
Conference Hotel Reservations
Hotel: The Ala Moana Hotel
Location: 410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu HI 96814
The Ala Moana Hotel is offering attendees special SOTF Conference rates. 
Use the  SOTF Booking Link  to reserve, modify, or cancel your hotel reservations at any time. You may also contact the Ala Moana Hotel as follows:
Reservations Toll Free: (800) 367-6025
Reservations Local Phone: (808) 955-4811
Community News, Events, and Workshops
TCERT Training Program
Teen Community Emergency Response Team (TCERT) is a free training program that teaches basic disaster management and response skills to prepare students and faculty before a disaster strikes. The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) sponsors the training to ensure that your school will have the best possible chance of responding to and recovering from a disaster or other emergencies. TCERT trained individuals can better assist their families, neighbors, and schools until first responders can reach affected areas after a disaster.
For More Information: contact DEM
Astronaut Lacy Beach Day of Discovery: Oct. 26
This event is for K-12 teachers in Hawai'i to come and hear from classroom teacher Joe Acaba, who has now voyaged in space for 306 days during 3 missions. Selected as one of 4 educator Astronauts in 2005, Joe will be one of two keynote speakers at the Veach Day of Discovery. Teachers have the opportunity to attend Veach Day and participate in the keynotes by Nainoa Thompson and Joe Acaba; in addition, teachers will be provided with a 30 minute NASA Workshop approach to integrate culturally responsive teaching approaches into the science and mathematics classroom and the NASA digital badge program for teachers and students, and participate in an informal talk story (and photo op) with Joe prior to his keynote.
Date/Times: Oct. 26, 8:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Teacher Registration: contact Art Kimura
Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts Session: RSVP by Sept. 27
The Hawai'i Arts Alliance is assisting Wolf Trap Institute's effort in convening a conversation with early childhood and arts educators in Hawai'i. This session is a “taste” of Wolf Trap, led by Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Valerie Carroll. A talk story with Akua Kouyate-Tate, Vice President of Education at Wolf Trap Foundation, will follow so that you can learn more about the benefits of the arts in early childhood education.
Date/Times: Oct. 5, 9:45am - 11:45am (sign-in at 9:30am)
Location: Hawai'i State Art Museum Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
Parking: 'Iolani Palace (meterd parking/credit card and quarters accepted)
RSVP: contact Lei Ahsing
2020 Localicious Art & Poetry Contest: Submit from Oct. 7 - Nov. 29
The Hawai'i Agricultural Foundation's 6th Annual Localicious Art & Poetry Contest presented by Hawai'i Gas is coming up soon. This year, students are able to submit an original illustration or poem that depicts the theme, "My Favorite Dish Created with a Locally Grown, Caught or Raised Product." Students in grades K-8 have a chance to win a $100 gift card, an exclusive class party with a local celebrity chef, and have their entry featured prominently within the 2021 Localicious Hawai'i calendar.
For more info and entry forms once the contest is underway, please visit
2019 Land & Sea Festival: Oct. 19
This first annual festival allows attendees to take part in guided conversations with local leaders about climate change & resiliency. Those you come can w alk on a 20 x 30 foot map of old O'ahu, learn how to plant coconut and ulu trees and edible landscaping, engage with environmental organizations, talk story about happiness and mental well-being, and hear about student science projects.
This event is also looking for exhibitors; if interested, please read the invitation for full details.
Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Queen Emma Square
Cost: Free
EdTechTeam Google Bootcamp Level 1: Oct. 17 - 18
In this two-day high energy event, explore the core areas of G Suite to increase professional learning and leadership, efficiency in the classroom, and student learning and creativity. Explore several tools in Google’s Level 1 curriculum, all of which are taught within the context of meaningful use with students and teachers. Segments include the Chrome browser, search techniques, and Google Classroom, as well as Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets, Forms, Calendar, Sites and Groups. Gmail, Hangouts, and YouTube are also included. In addition to the tools, participants are exposed to critical student skill sets necessary for learning in an online environment.
Day 1: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Day 2: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Mid-Pacific Institute
Cost: $299 per person (includes voucher for Level 1 exam. Graduate credit available)
PSL Cohort VIII: Apply by Nov. 15
This program aims to serve administrators, teachers, and other educators in private, independent and alternative schools. Instruction blends research-based knowledge with the wisdom of experienced school leaders to prepare professionals for positions of leadership. The Private School Leadership (PSL) program is cohort-based and runs for a period of 2 consecutive summers, each of 6 weeks of face-to-face instruction. The entire program may be completed in less than 15 months (including online and on-campus interactions).
Hawai'i LifeSmarts Competition: Online Competition Closes Dec. 6
LifeSmarts is a free educational program that teaches students critical life skills in five key areas: Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Safety, Environment, and Technology. Students can get a team and register today for the online competition, which opens October 21.
Online Competition: open from Oct. 21 - Dec. 6
Questions: contact Gloryana Aka
DAR Essay Contest: Submit by Dec. 6
The Daughters of the American Revolution announced topics for the SY1920 annual essay contests. Grades 5-8 are asked to write about "The Voyage of the Mayflower" and the topic for Grades 9-12 is "A Sailor’s Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas." Neighbor island schools will be directed to their local contacts.
Questions: Stephanie Conching
2020 Hawai'i Regional Scholastic Art Awards: Submit by Dec. 13
The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) and Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM) are sponsoring the 2020 Hawai'i Regional Scholastic Art Awards. The event offers students in grades 7-12 an opportunity to showcase their artwork and talent, and is part of the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program sponsored by the non-profit organization Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Nominees of the Art Awards will be invited to display their artwork at the Art Awards Exhibition from Feb. 14, 2020 - Mar. 14, 2020 at HiSAM. An email notification of the art award nominees and instructions for the submission of selected artwork will be sent to the nominees’ teachers.
Registration Submission Deadline: 4:00pm, Dec. 13, 2019
Artwork Submission Deadline: 6:59pm, Dec. 13, 2019. These forms may be submitted online or mailed in to: c/o Scholastic Art Awards, Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 250 S. Hotel St. 2nd Floor, Honolulu HI 96813.
Cost: Free
Questions: HiSAM Director of Art-in-Public Places Program Karen Ward, SFCA Project Manager Alex Skees
2019 - 2020 ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Feb. 29, 2020
The Hawai'i segment of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based education program which provides high school students with the opportunity to practice essential skills, such as critical thinking and close reading, by reading, analyzing, performing, and reciting Shakespearean monologues and sonnets.
The competition progresses through three qualifying stages.
  1. 9 - 12 graders are eligible to participate in a school-wide competition (provided they have not been paid for performing during the current school year). 
  2. The school winner advances to a competition held at the local ESU Branch.
  3. Branch winners will travel all expenses paid to New York City for the national competition, tentatively set for Apr. 27, 2020.
If your school plans to participate, please fill out and submit the School Participation Form.
Date of Hawai'i ESU Branch Competition: Feb. 29, 2020
Location: Luke Auditorium, Punahou School's Wo International Center
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