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January 2017

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New Year, New Board!

HAPPY NEAR YEAR! We welcome Melissa Handy as our 2017 President and say mahalo to Michael Fricano II, who served as our 2016 President and will serve as our Past President for 2017.

All Island Meet & Greet
March 7, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location TBD
Check out the Latest Neighbor Island HSTE News!

HSTE Kaua'i Events
Check the HSTE Kaua'i Newsletter for more events.

HSTE Big Island Events
Check out the HSTE Big Island Newsletter for more events.

HSTE Maui Events
Check out the HSTE Maui Newsletter for more events.

Maui HSTE to ISTE Scholarship Contest

CONGRATULATIONS to Pete K. Hansen for receiving the Maui HSTE to ISTE Scholarship award! Pete will receive $2,750 to help cover the cost of his trip to ISTE 2017 conference! Here's a little bit about Pete:

Peter K. Hansen is the computer Resource teacher at Kamali'i Elementary School in Kihei, HI.  He previously taught at Iao Intermediate School in Wailuku.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Pete graduated from the University of Richmond and then earned his Master's in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  

Pete is very active in the Hawaii VEXIQ robotics and G Suite for Education communities.  He also serves as the STEMWorks coordinator for his school and is a proud member of the HSTE.

Pete and his wife, Jaylon, have three beautiful children and they spend their time coaching baseball and soccer, volunteering for the PTA and walking on the beach with their dog.

This scholarship was made possible through a generous gift from the Andrew & Edith Don Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation. Mahalo!

Professional Development Opportunities in Hawaii

There are already many professional development opportunities lined up for 2017.  For a complete list, go to the events page. HSTE wants to share your event so that all educators have a "one-stop" place to see all the PD around the islands, if you have an event you want to share, please email the information to and we will add it for free! 

  • First Annual Leading Schools of the Future Conference (April 6-8, 2017) - The Schools of the Future Initiative (SOTF) has transformed teaching and learning environments, impacting hundreds - if not thousands - of classroom teachers and students statewide, in Hawai'i's private, public, charter and parochial schools.  The Leading Schools of the Future Conference is being developed to compliment the SOTF Conference, as a means of meeting the needs of school leadership, as they work towards guiding best practices in 21st century learning environments. The audience for the LSOTF Conference will be heads of school, trustees, development directors, business & HR managers, communication directors, admissions directors, facilities managers, athletic directors, and other school leadership.  With the guidance of a visionary Advisory Committee, the first annual Leading Schools of the Future Conference will be innovative, interactive and strategic, as teams collaborate on "reconstructing this place we call school."  Click here for more details and to register.
    • February 18th - Ignite Innovation Conference at 'Iolani School. Registration now open with a limited amount of tickets! find out more here

    • Google Classroom in Paradise w/ Alice Keeler and Michael Fricano II - EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION! Join Alice Keeler and Michael Fricano II for a day of learning about Google Classroom and G Suite for Education. Start the day with a keynote with Alice Keeler followed by 3 break out sessions and a closing keynote by Michael Fricano II. Follow the hashtag #gcparadise and visit bird registration ends soon! Get your tickets for $167 before February 2! Group rates for 10 or more are also available for $167 through June 2!


    28 Apr 2018 9:00 AM • Island School
    08 May 2018 4:30 PM • 'Iolani School
    05 Jun 2018 • Neal Blaisdell Center
    21 Jun 2018 • Castilleja School - Palo Alto, CA
    10 Jul 2018 • Radisson Hotel - Manchester, NH
    08 Nov 2018 7:30 AM • Hawaii Convention Center

    In the News

    NEW Collaborative Minecraft Project - Students of Melvina Kurashige's Japanese culture class at Mid Pacific Institute and John Miller's medieval Japanese history class in California have been working together for 3 months on a collaborative minecraft project. Check out all the details of this amazing project here!

    100 Hawaii Educators to Follow on Twitter - check out this impressive list of Twitter using educators from Hawaii. Many of our very own HSTE members are on this list. If you're on Twitter, new to Twitter, or are interested in trying Twitter out, start following these educators first! Read the article 

    Member Highlights

    Do you have something to share about what is going on at your school? If so, email us the information and a link and we will add it to this new section. Please share the great things that are happening at the schools!

    Alan Tamayose of Kamehameha Schools Selected as TED-Ed Innovative Educator - The next cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators has been selected! They come from all over the world, spanning 11 countries. One of our very own, Alan Tamayose, of Kamehameha Schools, is one of them! Find out more

    Volunteers Needed

    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Branch is holding Tech Savvy, a STEM conference for middle school girls, April 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hawaii Pacific University.  Tech Savvy consists of STEM workshops, Savvy Skills workshops (soft skills such as communication, understanding social media, public speaking), and College Savvy (a mini-college fair geared at girls just starting to explore college options).  There are concurrent sessions for parents to attend.  We need volunteers to help the day of the conference.  Volunteers can either help for the morning, afternoon or both portions of the day.  Click here for more information or click here to fill out a volunteer form. Or, for questions contact Dr. Anna Viggiano at anna.m.viggiano@gmail or Dr. Lauren Kaupp at

    If you need help with an event, please email us and we can share the information here.

    Call for Proposals

    If you have a conference coming up, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

    Schools of the Future Call for Proposals NOW OPEN!

    Interested in presenting a session at Schools of the Future 2017 ? The proposal form is now open through March 10th! Visit this page for all the details and access to the form.

    Session formats include presentations, panels, workshops, and like-minded sessions. If selected, the primary presenter receives a 50% registration discount.

    Hawaii STEM Conference is moving to Oahu in 2017 and their Call for Proposals is NOW OPEN! Submit a session for the conference on May 1 & 2. Proposals are due by February 10!

    They're looking for hands-on STEM sessions for middle and high school students and professional development for teachers. Presenters have to pay a registration fee of $150 (includes lunch both days and complimentary parking).

    The AAUW Honolulu Branch TechSavvy Conference Committee is calling for proposals!  Tech Savvy is an exciting one-day conference for girls in 6th through 9th grade focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  This year's conference will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Hawaii Loa Campus of Hawaii Pacific University.

    There are three different types of sessions:

    • TechSavvy Workshops are meant to provide girls with a hands-on activity that demonstrates a real-world application of STEM.  These workshops may also include information about STEM careers, and we encourage presenters to share a bit about their own STEM journeys.  
    • SavvySkills Workshops are meant to build girls' 21st Century skills, in order to promote college, career, and community readiness.  These workshops will help prepare girls to be well-rounded and confident future STEM leaders.
    • The Adult Program is a concurrent program for girls' families.  The Adult Program will include a panel of women in STEM and a hands-on activity for adults.  We will contact you for your availability to participate in one or more portions of the Adult Program based on the information you provide.

    All TechSavvy and SavvySkills Workshops must be hands-on!  Technology is suggested, but not mandatory.  There will be two repeated 55-minute sessions for each TechSavvy and SavvySkills.   About 5 minutes at the beginning and end of the session are used for attendance and evaluations.  Plan for 50 minutes of active workshop time and a maximum of 20 girls per session.  TechSavvy sessions will be held in the morning from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  SavvySkills sessions will be held in the afternoon from approximately 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. One of the goals of the day is to highlight successful women as role models.  We ask that primary presenters be women.  

    Please complete the application form by November 30, 2016:  All applications will be reviewed and notified of acceptance by December 31, 2016.  Mahalo for your support of girls in STEM!

    We invite you to submit your abstract to The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2017 (IICEHawaii2017) which will be held Sunday, January 8 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom – Hawaii 2017 (IICTCHawaii2017), and The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Hawaii 2017(IICLLHawaii2017). Registration for any one of these conferences permits attendance in all three within the event.  Submit your research, join us at The Hawai‘i Convention Center in Hawaii, and contribute to the conference dialogue along with your peers. Click here to submit a paper (deadline is November 1st).

    Survey and Research

    If you have surveys or research you are conducting and need volunteers, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

    Educational Tech Field Openings

    If you have any openings at your school in educational technology, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

    • Hanahau'oli School, a reputable JK-6th grade progressive school in Honolulu, seeks an outstanding, part-time (20 hours a week) IT specialist for immediate hire to support the technology operations within the institution. The IT Specialist, under the direction of the Director of Curriculum and Innovative Technology, is a member of the administrative team but will work closely with both teachers and administrators. This position is primarily responsible for maintaining the functionality, security, and uptime of critical technology systems such as the campus wired and wireless networks, virtual machine and storage infrastructure, and communications systems (telephone, email, website, intranet). 

      For full job description go to:

      Contact Lia Woo ( for questions and/or complete details 

    • If you are looking for openings in education, these two resources might help:
      • Hawaii Association of Independent Schools Job Board - click here
      • Hawaii Department of Education Job Board - click here

    Ongoing Events to Connect with Other

    For a complete list, go to this page. If you have an event you want to share, please email the information to and we will add to the list.

    • Google Rocks! Hawaii is BACK! Linda Lindsay, Librarian of Seabury Hall and Google Certified Innovator is bringing back this awesome Google Hangout on Air! Visit the website for new episodes!

    • GEG (Google Educators Group) Hawaii Google+ Community - Join the thriving Google+ Community of more than 1,700+ members. Share your resources, ideas, and lesson activities, and ask questions!


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email anytime.

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