HE’E Planning Meeting
July 10, 2012 9-11am
The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301
- 1. Dave Tom (GBA)
- 2. Mary Weir (FACE)
- 3. Karen Ginoza (FACE)
- 4. Jennifer Dang
- 5. Calvin Endo (Hawaii State PTSA)
- 6. Mags Morris (TLC)
- 7. Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)
- July 19th Community Meeting: Presentation and Discussion of Growth Model and Input for DO
- ESEA Waiver Four Principles
- Growth Model
- DOE Input Survey
Cheri spoke about the upcoming meeting with the growth model trainers. Originally, the DOE offered the trainers asking if our members would be interested in learning about the Growth Model. HE‘E happily agreed to the presentation but then asked if we might use this as an opportunity to provide community feedback on the Flexiblity Waiver application for the Department. The DOE though this was a good idea and agreed to bring some experts in on the four principle areas of the Waiver for the discussion. We decided to extend the meeting an hour to have this discussion where members could give feedback.
The format of the upcoming community meeting on July 19th will be a presentation and Q&A by Colorado Trainers from 1-3pm, followed by a one hour discussion and feedback opportunity from 3-4pm by members to the DOE as part of the Consultation process of the ESEA Flexibility Waiver. Cheri mentioned that she would be meeting hopefully with the department prior to the meeting to iron out the details of the discussion section.
Cheri also explained that HE‘E assisted the DOE recently at the Hawaii State PTSA conference, distributing and collecting a DOE generated questionnaire to the parents. Cheri asked members to review and complete the questionnaire. Members first reaction the questionnaire was that it was written in language too technical for parents. Cheri collected the surveys from members and will pass on to the Department.
HE‘E members felt strongly that it would be a good idea for the DOE to organize a professionally facilitated community meeting to obtain the input needed for the Flexibility Waiver application. Some members suggested names of facilitators who are internal to DOE and other members suggested names of facilitators outside the system.
- DOE Strategic Plan
- Latest Copy of Plan
- Finance and Infrastructure Committee
Cheri gave some insight to the last BOE meeting on the Department’s Strategic Plan. The most significant item of discussion was whether to include language that addresses proficiency based education. The DOE was hesitant to include specific language in the plan as they feel they are not ready (there aren’t standards for character development or emotional progress, for example). However, Board Members felt that it was important to include such language if this is indeed the direction the Department is moving in. HE‘E members liked the Board’s decision to include this language.
HE‘E as well as a working group currently reviewing SCR 79 on Family School Partnerships submitted input on the plan (HE‘E indicators) and recommendations to using the language of family-school partnerships. Cheri attended the General Business Meeting and thanked the Board and the Department for their support. Wes Lo, the chair of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee (FIC), asked if HE‘E might comment/give input on some of the difficult decisions his committee needs to make. Members seemed hesitant to liaise directly with the FIC. Some HE‘E Members felt that the SCC Academic and Financial Plan is the mechanism by which parents and community give feedback to the Board; therefore, the Board should be looking at these reports first as a gage of community and family’s perspective on financial matters.
- Upcoming Interviews with TLC Fellow Mags Morris
Mags introduced herself to the members and explained that she is doing a research project on family engagement. Members started a contact list so that she could start setting up interviews with them.
- Social Justice Workgroup-next steps
HE‘E members revisited the social justice topic. Cheri mentioned that Zach Dilonno who is working with Appleseed offered to do a presentation on some of the issues they were working on. Members agreed they would be interested in hearing about Appleseed’s work. Dave Tom pointed out that he would like to narrow discussion down to what HE‘E can do in terms of family and community engagement. Teen Suicide and Bullying are important issues but it is too overwhelming to try to tackle all aspects. Members agreed that this was a better focus.
Dave mentioned that their new Executive Director came on board, Deborah Zysman.
FACE video is posted on YouTube FACE Education Video 2012
Meeting adjourned 1030am.