HE’E Planning Meeting
June 10, 2014
The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301
Attendees: Sue Emley (PPSHI), Kashmira Reid (PPSHI), Ethan Allen (PREL), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Jenny Lee (HI Appleseed), Paula Adams (Kaho’omiki), Mary Weir (FACE), Cheri Nakamura (HE’E)
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Announcements
- Follow up on Smarter Balance
9:15-10:45 Discussion on Priority Action Items
- Safe Routes to Schools
Sue Emley gave a briefing on PPSHI’s efforts on Safe Routes to Schools. PPSHI is partnering with Washington Middle School to do some community outreach on safe routes. They are working with the school counselor to administer a survey to parents regarding safety. Federal Department of Transportation funds are allocated to State Department of Transportations. However, in Hawaii it has been difficult to get State DOT to disperse funds to schools. A legislative resolution was attempted but did not make it to Conference Committee. Advocacy effort would be to try to understand the obstacles that exist at the State’s DOT
- Breakfast After the Bell
Jenny Lee from Hawaii Appleseed Center gave an update on their progress with Breakfast After the Bell. Out of the free and reduced price eligible students, only 40% are eating breakfast. Appleseed has looked to a national model, Breakfast After the Bell, which allows students to eat during homeroom, by using “grab and go.” However, HIDOE has put up significant barriers to this effort. Barriers that the DOE have sited are: union contract and instructional time. Appleseed is currently doing a pilot on the Big Island with a charter school. HSTA has also expressed interest in partnering-they are looking at incorporating curriculum with program.
- Afterschool Network
Paula Adams from Kaho’omiki gave an update on their progress with the Afterschool Network. They have applied for a $75,000 matching funding grant from the Mott Foundation. Afterschool Networks are in 43 states. Network’s priorities include sustainability–looking a legislation and policy change. They would like to see A+, which is currently administered by Department of Human Services, to implement academic programs.
- School Suspensions
Cheri brought up a recent national report which looked at school discipline–movement towards going away from school suspensions.
10:45-11:00 Other Business-Future Meetings
Cheri met with DOH to see if they would do a presentation on recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey results. Members agreed that they would be interested in this meeting.
11:00 Meeting adjourned.