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The most significant change is the department’s official commitment to offer recall pay to teachers for additional days of work.
On May 7, Hawaii educators gathered at James Campbell High School for a Teacher Appreciation Food Truck event. From delicious fare from 17 food trucks to fun performances including music, comedy, and dance, educators enjoyed an evening of camaraderie with their colleagues and family to gear up for the end of the year. 🤙
All Hawaii State Department of Education public school teachers who are also Hawaii State Federal Credit Union members are invited to apply for an Investing in Education grant up to $500. These grants help teachers obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics, equipment, and other basic necessities for their classrooms. Applications will be accepted until June 30.

Apply now: https://bit.ly/38h1WRY
Enter to win $1,000 from the NEA! The NEA Member Benefits sweepstakes will award four people a $1,000 cash prize; no purchase necessary. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. There will be four drawings, and winners will be notified on or about June 15, July 15, Aug. 15, and Sept. 15.

Enter here: https://bit.ly/398AmGI
Zachary Morita, Niu Valley Middle music teacher, was on the front cover of last week's East Honolulu MidWeek. Morita was honored for receiving HSTA's prestigious 2022 S.T.A.C.Y. Award in Teaching Excellence for demonstrating and supporting scholarship, teaching, advocacy, community, and youth both inside and outside of the classroom. Bravo, Zach!
Members, please check your Member Matters email from Friday to help us answer this week's Question of the Week:

Among other things, funding was set aside to restore 21 hours of job-embedded professional development next year. Given that, HSTA’s Question of the Week is:

How would you like to see 21 hours handled next year?

Your response is appreciated!
Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro recorded a special message and song to honor teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.
HSTA’s Special Education Committee wants to hear from you — especially if you think you’re too busy to fill out a survey! Your feedback is critical for the committee to address teacher concerns and have data to prove that change is needed across the state. The survey is open to ALL BU05 members. Please complete the survey by Thursday, May 12. Check Friday's Member Matters email for the survey link. 🔗
When can teachers expect to see the adjustment to address salary compression? How can I find out if I’m affected by compression? If 21 hours of job-embedded professional development are restored, how much will my pay increase and when? Members want to know how they’ll be affected by these changes. HSTA compiled several frequently asked questions to explain what we know so far.
At a press conference on Thursday, Gov. David Ige affirmed his support for additional teacher pay after the state budget, which included $164 million for increasing teacher pay, passed both the House and Senate Tuesday.
Teachers, pre-order your new Teach with Aloha tote bag from Eden in Love! Preorders will be available on June 6.

Log in to access our member-exclusive code to save 20% on your entire online purchase and pre-ordered totes thru May 6: https://bit.ly/3ym6p06

*NOTE: You must be logged in with your HSTA web account to access this member-exclusive link. Visit hsta.org/email for details.
Teachers, it's time to take to the skies! ✈️

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, HSTA members can use a special affiliate booking link to get 2 free bags and be automatically entered to win 60,000 Hawaiian miles for flights booked now through May 6. Winners will be drawn after May 6.

Find the special affiliate booking link via our member-exclusive promo page: https://bit.ly/3ym6p06

*NOTE: You must be logged in with your HSTA web account to access this member-exclusive link. Visit hsta.org/email for details.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) is an organization of 13,500 educators in pursuit of quality public education in the state of Hawaii.

The HSTA represents over 13,500 teachers in the state of Hawaii. Contact us:
email: [email protected]

Oahu Office (808) 833-2711

Toll Free to Oahu when calling from:
Big Island: 329-5075
Kauai: 240-2048
Maui: 270-2048
Molokai: 660-2048
Lanai: 568-2048

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Employer updates support options for teachers in IEP process 05/14/2022

Employer updates support options for teachers in IEP process

The most significant change is the department’s official commitment to offer recall pay to teachers for additional days of work.

Employer updates support options for teachers in IEP process Recall pay, early release available to special, general education teachers Posted: May 13, 2022 The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE)

Oahu Teacher Appreciation Food Truck Event - 5.7.22 05/11/2022

Oahu Teacher Appreciation Food Truck Event - 5.7.22

On May 7, Hawaii educators gathered at James Campbell High School for a Teacher Appreciation Food Truck event. From delicious fare from 17 food trucks to fun performances including music, comedy, and dance, educators enjoyed an evening of camaraderie with their colleagues and family to gear up for the end of the year. 🤙

Oahu Teacher Appreciation Food Truck Event - 5.7.22 On May 7, teachers from across Oahu gathered at James Campbell High School for a Teacher Appreciation Food Truck event. From delicious fare from 17 food truc...

Timeline photos 05/10/2022

All Hawaii State Department of Education public school teachers who are also Hawaii State Federal Credit Union members are invited to apply for an Investing in Education grant up to $500. These grants help teachers obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics, equipment, and other basic necessities for their classrooms. Applications will be accepted until June 30.

Apply now: https://bit.ly/38h1WRY

Timeline photos 05/10/2022

Enter to win $1,000 from the NEA! The NEA Member Benefits sweepstakes will award four people a $1,000 cash prize; no purchase necessary. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. There will be four drawings, and winners will be notified on or about June 15, July 15, Aug. 15, and Sept. 15.

Enter here: https://bit.ly/398AmGI

05/10/2022

MidWeek East - May 4, 2022

Zachary Morita, Niu Valley Middle music teacher, was on the front cover of last week's East Honolulu MidWeek. Morita was honored for receiving HSTA's prestigious 2022 S.T.A.C.Y. Award in Teaching Excellence for demonstrating and supporting scholarship, teaching, advocacy, community, and youth both inside and outside of the classroom. Bravo, Zach!

MidWeek East - May 4, 2022

Timeline photos 05/08/2022

Members, please check your Member Matters email from Friday to help us answer this week's Question of the Week:

Among other things, funding was set aside to restore 21 hours of job-embedded professional development next year. Given that, HSTA’s Question of the Week is:

How would you like to see 21 hours handled next year?

Your response is appreciated!

Teacher Appreciation Week Jake Shimabukuro song and message 05/08/2022

Teacher Appreciation Week Jake Shimabukuro song and message

Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro recorded a special message and song to honor teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher Appreciation Week Jake Shimabukuro song and message Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning ukelele player Jake Shimabukuro recorded a special message and song to honor teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Timeline photos 05/07/2022

HSTA’s Special Education Committee wants to hear from you — especially if you think you’re too busy to fill out a survey! Your feedback is critical for the committee to address teacher concerns and have data to prove that change is needed across the state. The survey is open to ALL BU05 members. Please complete the survey by Thursday, May 12. Check Friday's Member Matters email for the survey link. 🔗

Frequently asked questions about salary compression, potential teacher pay changes 05/07/2022

Frequently asked questions about salary compression, potential teacher pay changes

When can teachers expect to see the adjustment to address salary compression? How can I find out if I’m affected by compression? If 21 hours of job-embedded professional development are restored, how much will my pay increase and when? Members want to know how they’ll be affected by these changes. HSTA compiled several frequently asked questions to explain what we know so far.

Frequently asked questions about salary compression, potential teacher pay changes Proposals to fix salary compression, fund shortage differentials, restore PD monies await governor’s signature Posted: May 6, 2022 State lawmakers have

Gov. David Ige voices support for additional teacher pay 05/06/2022

Gov. David Ige voices support for additional teacher pay

At a press conference on Thursday, Gov. David Ige affirmed his support for additional teacher pay after the state budget, which included $164 million for increasing teacher pay, passed both the House and Senate Tuesday.

Gov. David Ige voices support for additional teacher pay Educators earn special recognition from Senate education chair Posted: May 5, 2022 At a press conference on Thursday, Gov. David Ige affirmed his support for additional teacher pay after the state budget, wh

Timeline photos 05/05/2022

Teachers, pre-order your new Teach with Aloha tote bag from Eden in Love! Preorders will be available on June 6.

Log in to access our member-exclusive code to save 20% on your entire online purchase and pre-ordered totes thru May 6: https://bit.ly/3ym6p06

*NOTE: You must be logged in with your HSTA web account to access this member-exclusive link. Visit hsta.org/email for details.

Timeline photos 05/04/2022

Teachers, it's time to take to the skies! ✈️

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, HSTA members can use a special affiliate booking link to get 2 free bags and be automatically entered to win 60,000 Hawaiian miles for flights booked now through May 6. Winners will be drawn after May 6.

Find the special affiliate booking link via our member-exclusive promo page: https://bit.ly/3ym6p06

*NOTE: You must be logged in with your HSTA web account to access this member-exclusive link. Visit hsta.org/email for details.

Lawmakers approve millions in new funding for schools, education bills 05/04/2022

Lawmakers approve millions in new funding for schools, education bills

Funding includes $200 million for new pre-K facilities and $10 million to bring AC to more classrooms.

Lawmakers approve millions in new funding for schools, education bills $200M for new pre-K facilities, $10M to bring AC to more classrooms Posted: May 3, 2022 Besides approving a state budget Tuesday that includes more than $164 million to end salary compression for experienced

Lawmakers approve salary compression fix 05/04/2022

Lawmakers approve salary compression fix

State lawmakers Tuesday approved a state budget that includes more than $164 million to end salary compression for experienced educators, fund shortage differentials, and restore paid job-embedded professional development for all teachers.

“This is great news, especially as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week,” said HSTA President Osa Tui, who thanked HSTA members for sharing testimony and stories with legislators that helped them understand the need for these important measures.

Lawmakers approve salary compression fix They also fund shortage differentials, restore PD monies Posted: May 3, 2022 State lawmakers Tuesday approved a state budget that includes more than $164 million to end salary compression for experienced educators, fund shortage

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Teacher Appreciation Week perks 🤗 Buy one get one free smoothie at Jamba (today only!), free coffee, and donuts! *Must present valid school ID. More deals: https://bit.ly/3y0k9NZ

Timeline photos 05/03/2022

Every Tuesday in May, enjoy 15% off your entree with a beverage purchase at Big City Diner. Read the details and find more deals: https://bit.ly/3y0k9NZ

Timeline photos 05/03/2022

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! From May 2-6, enjoy a 25-cent-per-gallon discount at Aloha Gas stations, plus a free coffee or fountain drink at Aloha Island Mart. *Gas purchases must be made in cash. Must present valid school ID. Offer is only valid at the Aloha Gas and Shell Gas Stations next to an Aloha Island Mart.

Check out more deals here: https://bit.ly/3y0k9NZ

05/03/2022

Teacher Pay Update Q&A with House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke

Several changes are on the horizon that would boost pay for most Hawaii public school educators, improve working conditions, and more. Rep. Sylvia Luke, who chairs the House Finance Committee, sits down live with Hawaii State Teachers Association leaders to discuss these important updates and answer your questions.

Teacher pay update, Q&A with House finance chair 05/02/2022

Teacher pay update, Q&A with House finance chair

⏰ Only a few short hours until our teacher pay Q&A with House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke. Join us LIVE at 5 p.m. Submit your questions ahead of time via the link.

Teacher pay update, Q&A with House finance chair Rep. Sylvia Luke updates HSTA on key bills affecting educators Updated: May 2, 2022 Several changes are on the horizon that would boost pay for most Hawaii public school educators, improve working

Teacher shares personal struggle with long COVID 05/01/2022

Teacher shares personal struggle with long COVID

Once fit and active, HSTA’s 2020 educator of the year is now ‘exhausted.'

Teacher shares personal struggle with long COVID Once fit and active, HSTA’s 2020 educator of the year is now ‘exhausted’ Posted: April 29, 2022 Raechelle Villanueva used to run marathons and even once paddled the Molokai channel. Now she has the

Three superintendent finalists revealed 04/30/2022

Three superintendent finalists revealed

Darrel Galera and Keith Hayashi are among those heading to final interviews.

Three superintendent finalists revealed Galera, Hayashi among those heading to final interviews Posted: April 29, 2022 A former Hawaii Board of Education (BOE) member and longtime school administrator, the interim superintendent, and the national superintendent for a network

Teacher pay update, Q&A with House finance chair 04/30/2022

Teacher pay update, Q&A with House finance chair

Submit a question to be answered live during a Q&A with House finance chair Sylvia Luke.

Teacher pay update, Q&A with House finance chair Rep. Sylvia Luke updates HSTA on key bills affecting educators Posted: April 29, 2022 Several changes are on the horizon that would boost pay for most Hawaii public school educators, improve housing

04/30/2022

Teacher Appreciation Week Gift

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated this year May 2–6. Over the next week, you’ll receive a special card and gift from HSTA. We put together a video on how to use your gift…check it out!

Looking for more discounts and perks for Teacher Appreciation Week? Check out our roundup of deals here: https://bit.ly/3y0k9NZ

Pearl City High band director honored as national hall of fame inductee 04/26/2022

Pearl City High band director honored as national hall of fame inductee

Congratulations, Chadwick Kamei! The Pearl City High School band director was named to the National High School Band Director’s Hall of Fame. He joins former band director Michael Nakasone, who was inducted in 2013.

Pearl City High band director honored as national hall of fame inductee Chadwick Kamei named to 2022 National High School Band Director's Hall of Fame Posted: April 26, 2022 Pearl City High School band director Chadwick Kamei is being inducted into the 2022 National High School Band Director's Hall of Fame. Kamei has been the school’s band director since 2006. Kamei s...

HYFC - We Grow Summit 04/24/2022

HYFC - We Grow Summit

Calling all foodies: Register for a youth food summit happening April 29 & 30!

HYFC - We Grow Summit NEW!! REGISTRATION FOR WE GROW HAWAIʻI 2022 IS OPEN!

HSTA CARES: Culture, Advocacy, Respect, Equity, Support 04/24/2022

HSTA CARES: Culture, Advocacy, Respect, Equity, Support

Apply for HSTA's racial and social justice training team by May 6 ✊

HSTA CARES: Culture, Advocacy, Respect, Equity, Support HSTA CARES is an initiative by the Hawaii State Teachers Association's Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCR) to integrate social and racial justice principles into education to create schools and communities that are safe, inclusive, and equitable​ for...

Teacher pay bills head to conference committees 04/24/2022

Teacher pay bills head to conference committees

Three important teacher pay bills are heading to joint House and Senate conference committees as this year's legislative session enters its final weeks.

Teacher pay bills head to conference committees House, Senate will work out differences in bills as session heads to a close Posted: April 22, 2022 Legislative proposals that would pay teachers based on their years of service, secure funding

Superintendent search yields 7 candidates, finalists to be announced by month’s end 04/23/2022

Superintendent search yields 7 candidates, finalists to be announced by month’s end

The Hawaii Board of Education will interview finalists for the next Hawaii State Department of Education superintendent during a special meeting on May 19.

Superintendent search yields 7 candidates, finalists to be announced by month’s end Teachers on advisory committee providing feedback for finalist selection Posted: April 21, 2022 The Hawaii Board of Education will interview finalists for the next Hawaii State Department of Education superintendent during a special meeting

Schools are struggling to hire special education teachers. Hawaii may have found a fix 04/23/2022

Schools are struggling to hire special education teachers. Hawaii may have found a fix

The nation's looking at Hawaii on how to retain special education teachers.

Schools are struggling to hire special education teachers. Hawaii may have found a fix In Hawaii, hiring qualified special education teachers became a lot easier after schools started offering a $10,000 pay bump.

Reduce your student loan debt before the federal waiver expires Oct. 31 04/22/2022

Reduce your student loan debt before the federal waiver expires Oct. 31

Use NEA’s free tool to see if you’re eligible. 💵

Reduce your student loan debt before the federal waiver expires Oct. 31 Use the NEA’s free online tool to see if you qualify for loan forgiveness Posted: April 21, 2022 The clock is ticking to see if you qualify for student loan forgiveness. And thanks to

How you can help save the Earth with your signature 04/21/2022

How you can help save the Earth with your signature

Sign the Earth Day pledge by April 22. 🌎

How you can help save the Earth with your signature Join 10,000 Hawaii students and families for Earth Day pledge Posted: April 20, 2022 Do you believe you can help save the Earth for generations to come with just your signature? Now imagine joining

Timeline photos 04/19/2022

Looking to purchase your first home? Join us for a virtual workshop to get an overview of the purchasing process and how the Hawaii HomeOwnership Center can help.

When: Wednesday, April 20, from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Register: https://bit.ly/3w6JoLI

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Are you on track to retire? Join us for a seminar geared toward members nearing retirement age. We will delve into the State of Hawaii ERS pension and Social Security benefits. In addition, we will also be covering retirement projections, various investment vehicles, the importance of the catch-up provision for those over 50 years old, your risk tolerance as you prepare to retire, and long-term care insurance. The seminar is 60 minutes with Q&A to follow.

When: Friday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m.

Register: https://bit.ly/381HC6p

HSTA: United in the pursuit of excellence for Hawaii’s public schools

The mission of the Hawaii State Teachers Association is to support and enhance the professional roles of teachers, advocate teachers’ interests, collaborate with the community to assure quality public education for Hawaii’s youth, and promote human and civil rights to support and nurture diversity in our multifaceted community.

Members receive professional and financial support that includes liability insurance, discounted professional development courses, support programs and leadership opportunities, short- and long-term income protection, and free financial consultations and portfolio reviews by approved advisers.

Contact HSTA here.

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