HE’E Planning Meeting
April 9, 2013
The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301
Objective: To reflect on our actions this legislative session, review feedback from satisfaction survey, discuss policy issues at the Board of Education, and also convene our Social Justice Workgroup to plan next steps forward.
Meeting notes posted on http://heecoalition.org/resources/hee-meeting-notes/. Email archives on http://heecoalition.org/resources/hee-email-newsletter-archive
Attendees: Christina Simmons (PACT), Calvin Endo (Hawaii State PTSA), Sue Emley (PPS), Lauren Baer (TLC), Kathy Bryant (HE‘E), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)
9:00-9:10 am Welcome
9:10-9:30am Update on HE‘Es Legislative Actions
Cheri gave an update on the legislative items that were moving forward
- Early learning
- 21st century schools
Unfortunately, instructional hour legislation was killed by the House. We will keep tabs on task force recommend by Center for Time and Learning. Regarding family-school leave, we will continue to assess the feasibility.
9:30-9:40am Potential BOE Actions
- School Quality Survey update
Cheri reported feedback from DOE administrators regarding SQS. Administrators stated that information in current state is not necessarily useful for them. The SAO office stated that this year’s reporting will be different than previous years so we will see if the reporting appears to be more useful. In addition, SAO office reported that only five secondary schools are using an online instrument for the parent survey—we would like to investigate this a little more.
Sue Emley reported on the progress of Family-School Partnership Initiative in the Castle Complex. At the last meeting, their small group came up with some recommendations on what schools/families could do. These recommendations included:
- Share student success through school activities
- Conduct combined staff and parent training on topics such has homework study skills
The FSPI initiative already has recommendations for what families can do, schools and can do and what both families and schools can do together to help strengthen the partnership between families and schools. Kathy Bryant thought it would be a good idea if HE‘E looked at these recommendations as a starting place and then came up with our own recommendations for what schools/families could do as a resource for schools. Since the Coalition has invested time and effort into advocacy of family-school partnerships in the strategic plan, we should continue to follow how schools implement, and help with recommendations.
9:40-10:00am HE’E Satisfaction Survey
- Feedback from members so far
10:00-11:00am Social Justice WorkGroup
- Update on Visit with VPs on Bullying
- Family Court/City Prosecutor
- Chapter 19
- Next steps
Group discussed possible next steps for school safety initiatives. Cheri updated group on feedback from vice principals at a recent Honolulu district meeting. The Learning Coalition also interested in connecting family court and police contacts in discussion. Sue Emley mentioned that discussions are also taking place in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division arena on how agencies can better communication with each other (DOE and DOH).
Meeting adjourned at 11:00am