August 15, 2019
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Host an HAIS Learning Walk
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 and connect with like-minded educators. The visit will last approximately 5 hours and HAIS will cover the cost of food and beverages, in an amount of up to $25 per participant. Once we have identified the host schools and dates, we will open registration for participation by educators from HAIS member schools.
Group Size: Limited to 12 Participants
HAIS Learning Journey Exploring Makerspaces
The goal of HAIS Learning Journeys is, similarly to the HAIS Learning Walks, to improve practice through observation and reflection, while building collaboration among colleagues from HAIS member schools. Over the course of several months, participants will have the opportunity to visit makerspaces at many different schools, observing how they are being utilized and learning about how they are being integrated into student learning, in different settings. The experience is intended to give participants the opportunity to reflect on how their school’s makerspaces are being used, while connecting with other like-minded individuals.
Participants will be expected to participate in all aspects of the journey, which will include a kick-off meeting, 4-5 site visits and then a final culminating debrief meeting.
Group Size : Limited to 15 Participants (only a few spots left)
Fee : $150 per person (total fee for participation)
For the outline of the time commitment and schedule, please see the Learning Journey Invitation.
HAIS Heads & Trustees Workshop: Oct. 29
This workshop is intended for senior administration and trustees from HAIS member schools.
Guest speakers include Donna Orem, NAIS President, and Arnold Laanui, FBI Special Agent & Advanced Instructor, with a presentation from National Student Clearinghouse.
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: TBD
  • 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.
2020 GIN Conference: Save the Date!
Next year's GIN Conference will take place in March, and will be hosted by Maui Preparatory Academy.
Date: March 6 - 8, 2020
Location: Maui Preparatory Academy
Holy Nativity Announces Jeanne Wilks as Interim Head
The Board of Trustees announced its appointment of longtime educator, Jeanne Wilks, as the Interim Head of School to lead the Episcopal school for children from three years old to eighth grade in Aina Haina for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Wilks holds an MEd in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawai’i, and was previously the 4 -12 grade Principal at Trinity Christian School in Kailua for the last six years. She succeeds Dr. Tim Spurrier, who served as Head of School at Holy Nativity School since 2011. Wilks is looking forward to leading in the school's 70th year, themed The Best of HNS, and noted, "Even meeting just a few parents, students, faculty, and staff this summer, Holy Nativity School has shown it is truly the great little school in the valley!"
2019 HAIS Education Fairs
Oahu Fair :
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time : Open to the Public from 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Hawai'i Convention Center Room 313ABC
Oahu School Sign-Up Form

Maui Fair :
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time : Open to the Public from 12:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Maui Beach Hotel, Ballroom
Maui School Sign-Up Form

More information is available on the Flyer and the HAIS Website.
St. Francis School & Office Furniture: Still Available
St. Francis School in Manoa has various school and office furniture available for donation. These donation items were either unsold in the auction or sold but not picked up, and are available to anyone who is interested.
Click here for a full list of what is available:  Furniture from St. Francis School
Interested? Please email  Casey Asato
SOTF Conference Updates
2019 LSOTF Pre-Conference: Oct. 2
2019 SOTF Conference: Oct. 3 - 4
What's New:
Conference Program Now Available!
Student Entertainment Needed: Submit Interest Form by Aug. 30
We are seeking student entertainment for the SOTF Conference, on October 3 and 4. Preference will be given to schools that have not offered entertainment at past SOTF conferences and selections will be determined on a first-come basis. If you are interested please submit the interest form by August 30. Notifications will be sent out by September 6. 
Questions: contact  Megan Polak .
Standard Registration Deadline Approaching!
October 3 & 4 (2-day) - $450
October 3 (1-day) - $225
October 4 (1-day) - $225
LSOTF Pre-Conference (Oct. 2) - $125
LSOTF 3-day (Oct. 2, 3, & 4) - $525

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 .

All School PD Discount:
The All School PD Rate is a 20% discount off the Early Bird ticket price for schools that send their entire faculty to the conference on either 1 or both days.
All School PD Ticket pricing: 
1-day ticket - $140 (either Thursday or Friday)
2-day ticket - $280
Available between March 1 and August 31.
On September 1, the Late/Walk-In Ticket Pricing will take effect, and the 2-day ticket price will increase by $100 and the 1-day ticket price will increase by $50.

Please note that we will still offer the 10% group discount rate for groups of 10 or more from the same school or organization.
Leading Schools of the Future Pre-Conference
Limited to 150 Attendees: register while space is still available!
This year's LSOTF Pre-Conference will focus on Assessment for Deeper Learning. Join leadership teams from public, private and charter schools to strategize how to make learning visible, prioritize deeper learning outcomes for your school and identify authentic assessment practices that prioritize mastery of deeper learning outcomes for students. Local, National and International Experts will be on hand for the entire day to help guide your work.

The Essential Questions to be explored include:
  • How might we rethink Assessment for Deeper Learning?
  • How might we build a culture that prioritizes meaningful assessment for deeper learning practices?
  • How might we leverage assessment to ensure that ALL teachers and students experience learning that amplifies passion, engagement, and empowerment?

For more information, please visit the LSOTF section of the HAIS SOTF Webpage. More information can also be found on the LSOTF Flyer.
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 - New Speakers Announced!
  • 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
  • NEW Amber Duonnolo - Ed.S Director, Sanford Harmony
  • NEW Dale Erquiaga - President & CEO, Communities In Schools
  • Godwin Higa - Ret. Principal, the first Trauma Informed School in San Diego, Cherokee Point Elementary School
  • Laura McBain - Lab Director of Community Implementation, Stanford
  • Christel McGuigan - High School Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • NEW Ali Nourbakhsh - 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
2019 SOTF Student Presentation CFP: Deadline Sept . 6
Student presentations will be on Friday, October 4. All student presentations will take place between 12:00pm - 1:00pm, during the timeframe that was previously allocated for Like-Minded Sessions. Student proposals should address best teaching practices and should inspire thinking about learning from the student's perspective. All proposals can include up to 3 students and must include 1 teacher who will serve as an advisor and point person. Please see the Form below!
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
Announcement Regarding 2020 Young Artists of Hawai'i Exhibition
The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) and Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM) will not be sponsoring the 2020 Young Artists of Hawai'i Exhibition. Instead they will be hosting events and activities related to the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FESTPAC} from June 10 - 21, 2020. They will resume sponsorship of the Young Artists of Hawai'i Exhibition in 2021.
Hawai'i LifeSmarts: Registration Now Open
LifeSmarts is a free, national educational program that teaches students critical life skills in five key areas: Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Safety, the Environment, and Technology, through online quizzes and in-person competitions. Teams must consist of 1 adult coach/teacher and at least 4 students.
Dates/Times: Online Competition Opens: Oct. 21
Online Competition Closes: Dec. 6, 7:00pm
Questions? Contact Gloryana Akapo
Climate Conscious Futures for the Well-Being of All: Sept. 19
This workshop is for K-12 educators who want to learn more about the changing climate and its impacts on society. A collaboration between the Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center and the Institute for Climate and Peace, this workshop will introduce educators to key concepts and classroom strategies to create climate-conscious and empowered students. Participants will engage in learning opportunities for teaching about climate change, learning how the concepts of climate-change and peace are inextricably linked, and will explore how pairing them helps to advance effective and inclusive processes to build peaceful and climate-conscious futures for the well-being of all.
Time:  9:00am - 4:30pm
Location:  Hanahau'oli School Professional Development Center
Cost:  $160
2019 Localicious Recipe Contest: Submit recipes from Aug. 19 - Sept. 13
Inspiring the next generation of chefs to create their own locally-inspired dish, the Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival will be taking submissions for its annual  Hawaii Gas Presents   Localicious Recipe Contest .  Open to students in grades 4 - 12, keiki can submit a healthy, original recipe that includes locally grown ingredients. These recipes will be screened in 2 age groups through a committee of chefs, with the top finalists competing in the Keiki in the Kitchen cook-off. Recipes must be submitted between Aug. 19 - Sept. 13. Full contest details and recipe submission information will become available on their website on Aug. 19, when the competition goes live.
Keiki in the Kitchen Cook-Off Finalist Competition Info:
Date: Oct. 27, Victoria Ward Park
Location: Victoria Ward Park
10th Annual "Inspired in Hawai'i" Contest: Submit by Nov. 8
The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation contest encourages students to “dream big and make Hawai'i a better place” in this essay, poster, digital media poster and video contest. Students may only enter one division (see Flyer), and the contest is open to students in K-12 who are current residents of Hawai'i. An entry must identify an existing problem in Hawai'i and offer a thoughtful solution to the problem. For specific division rules, entry forms, prizes, judging criteria, and to view last year’s winning entries, please go to their website. Award winners will be contacted through their schools/teachers and invited to the awards program in February 2020.
Submission Deadline: 4:00pm, Nov. 8
Mail or deliver entries to: Inspired in Hawaii Contest, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 770, Honolulu, HI 96813
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Featured Video and Articles
Rethinking Assessment
Features:  Rethinking Assessment with educators and students from Hawai'i.
Angelica LaVito, July 2019.
Visit the HAIS Video Library and the Links & Resources page for additional articles and videos.
Upcoming & Ongoing