He'e Coalition

Large Group Notes

  1. Lunch with Stephen Schatz 6/6/12

    June 26, 2012

    HE’E Lunch with Stephen Schatz
    June 6 2012
    Japanese Cultural Center Ewa Ballroom
    1. Mary Wier Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE)
    2. Melanie Bailey Hawaii Education Matters (HEM)
    3. Gordon Miyamoto DOE
    4. Christine Simmons Parents and Children Together (PACT)
    5. Jennifer Dang Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs (OHCNP)
    6. Craig Chong Fresh Leadership
    7. Cynthia Okazaki PACT
    8. Jacob Karasik TFA
    9. Ed Ginoza FACE
    10. Alan Oshima TLC
    11. Karen Ginoza FACE
    12. Young Pamela (Former BOE)
    13. Lynn Finnegan Hawaii Charter School Network (HCSN)
    14. Teri Yamashige DOE
    15. Milton Leslie Its All About Kids
    16. Kimberly Kepner-Sybounmy Innovative Education Counseling
    17. Zach Dilonno Parents for Public Schools (PPS)
    18. Kay Fukuda Waianae Place-Based Learning Alliance
    19. Caroline Hayashi Girl Scouts Hawaii
    20. Takashi Ohno (Teacher DOE)
    21. Rylan Yee Castle Complex Community Council
    22. Ivalee Sinclair Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)
    23. Susan Rocco SPIN
    24. Nick Nichols DOE Facilities
    25. Kaone Naone INPEACE
    26. PJ Foehr HEM
    27. Matt Lorin TLC
    28. Calvin Endo PTSA
    29. Cary Miyashiro Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union
    30. Liann Ebesugawa BOE
    31. Llewelyn Yee KSBE
    32. Nathan Eagle Civil Beat
    33. Susan Endo PTSA
    34. Cheri Nakamura HE‘E
    35. Kathy Bryant HE‘E
    36. Debbie Berger TLC
    37. Steve Schatz DOE
    38. Christine Hirasa DOE
    39. Mary Vorsino Honolulu SA
    40. Wayne Yoshioka US Army
    41. Wendy Nakasone US Army
    42. Jodi Yamashiro DOE Teacher
    43. Norma Combes DOE Teacher
    44. Dave Tom Good Beginnings Alliance (GBA)
    45. Morris Maggs TLC

    11:00-11:25-Coalition Director Cheri Nakamura welcomed group and invited those who had arrived to start the buffet line.

    11:25-12:10 Stephen Schatz presented on RTTT as well as ESEA Waiver

    HEE Presentation 6-6-12

    12:10-1:45 Question and Answer/Comment session with Stephen Schatz
    12:45-1:00 Networking
    1:00 Meeting Adjourned




  2. Large Group Meeting Notes 5/2/12

    May 10, 2012

    Japanese Cultural Center

    May 2, 2012

    4:00 -6:00pm

    Large Group Meeting



    1. Susan Rocco (SPIN/SEAC)
    2. Ivalee Sinclair (SEAC/CCCO)
    3. Debbie Berger (TLC)
    4. Bill Reeves (TLC)
    5. Steven Vannatta (DOE/CCCO)
    6. Jennifer Dang (DOE/OHCNP)
    7. Danicia Honda (HSSC)
    8. Rachel Tanoue (HSSC)
    9. Christina Simmons (PACT)
    10. Craig Chong (Fresh Leadership)
    11. Pamela Young
    12. Calvin Endo (PTSA)
    13. Susan Endo (PTSA)
    14. Clif Tanabe (LNG)
    15. Renie Lindley (Hawaii Peace and Justice)
    16. Jacob Karasik (TFA)
    17. Zach Dilonno (PPS)
    18. Carl Ackerman (Pueo)
    19. Jessica Wong-Sumida (Autism Society of Hawaii)
    20. Mason Chock (Kupu A‘e)
    21. Daniel Kim (HSSC)
    22. Karen Ginoza (FACE)
    23. Roy Takumi (House of Representatives)
    24. Cary Miyashiro (Hawaii USA FCU) Gordon Miyamoto (HIDOE)
    25. Wai Sam Lao (BOE/HSSC)
    26. Susan Sato (DOE)
    27. Cynthia Okazaki (PACT/KCFC)
    28. Matt Lorin (TLC)
    29. Kathy Bryant (HE‘E)
    30. Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)

    4:00-4:10 Introductions


    4:10-4:30 Ivalee Sinclair, Coalition for Children with Special Needs

    4:30-4:50 Elizabeth Sager, President, Hawaii State PTSA

    4:50-5:00 Acknowledgement of Wai Sam Lao (Outgoing BOE Member) and Danicia Honda (Incoming BOE Member) and an overview of the Hawaii State Student Council by Rachel Tanoue, School Liaison

    5:00-5:10 Break

    5:10-5:15 HE‘E Staff Announcements


    • Planning/Policy Meeting: May 8, 2012, Tuesday, 1-3pm (The Learning Coalition Office 841 Bishop Street Suite 301) Validated Parking at Ali‘I Place (1099 Alakea Street)
    • Conversation with Stephen Schatz, Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Reform:  June 6, 2012, Wednesday, 11am-1pm at Location TBA
    • DOE Strategic Plan Survey. Your feedback will assist the Hawaii State Board and Department of Education with the update of the current Strategic Plan (2011—2018). Survey period is from May 1-11, 2012. (120501)

    5:15-5:30 Announcements


    •           Clif Tanabe on HR50, encouraging the DOE to include in the social studies curriculum the political, economy and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender individuals. Clif will present to Policy Team on Tuesday.


    • Calvin Endo of PTSA will be representing the Hawaii PTSA at national Council of States meeting in June. National PTA wants all the states to bring ideas on how we can help rural schools. Hawaii is not required to report what they are doing or not doing to help rural schools. IF HE’E has information on rural schools, what is working and what needs improving that input would be appreciated.


    • Gordon Miyamoto gave an update on the Castle Complex Community Council. The next summit will take place on June 2, 2012, Saturday, from 8-12pm at He‘eia Elementary School Cafeteria.



    5:30-6:00 Networking


    Meeting adjourned 6:00pm

  3. Large Group Meeting Notes: 1/26/12

    February 2, 2012

    Ala Moana Hotel

    January 26 2011



    YMCA, Hawaii 3Rs,

    HE‘E Strategic Plan



    1. Amy Callahan
    2. Rachel Tanoue (Hawaii State Student Council)
    3. Susan Sato (Hawaii State Student Council)
    4. PJ Foehr
    5. Mark McDonald (Kikutext)
    6. Max Sack (Kikutext)
    7. Calvin Endo (Hawaii State PTSA)
    8. Peggy Leone (PACOM)
    9. Casey Agena (Punahou School)

    10. Gail Mukaihata Hanneman (GSH)

    11. Takashi Ohno

    12. Jean Grice (DODEA)

    13. Ryan Shigetani (Hawaii 3Rs)

    14. Jessica Wong-Sumida (Autism Society of Hawaii)

    15. Diane Tanbangay (YMCA)

    16. Pamela Young

    17. Caroline Hayashi (GSH)

    18. Terry George (HKL Castle Foundation)

    19. Dave Tom (GBA)

    20. Ann Davis (HEM)

    21. Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui (BOE)

    22. Debbie Berger (TLC)

    23. Bill Reeves (TLC)

    24.  Maya Soetoro-Ng (OPS)

    25. Cary Miyashiro (Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union)

    26. Matt Lorin (TLC)

    27. Kathy Bryant (HE‘E)

    28. Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)




    4:00-4:10 Welcome

    Cheri Nakamura welcomed everyone and thanked Girl Scouts Hawaii for their generous hospitality.


    4:10-4:30 Diane Tanbangay, YMCA


    YMCA of Honolulu

    Early Learning Project

    Project Name:  Come…With Me!

    • A demonstration project based on YUSA’s early learning program model.
    • Modeled after Partnership in Development’s Tutu and Me Program (a family interactive program).
    • Early Learning is one of YUSA’s focus areas in addressing the achievement gap.  Other areas: Summer Learning Loss, After School Enrichment.


    • A significant number of young children in our communities are not enrolled in a licensed early childhood education program (preschool, Head Start) prior to entering Kindergarten, often resulting in a significant readiness gap.
    • Culturally, many of our children are cared for by “informal” caregivers, or family, friend or neighbor caregivers.

    Project Goal

    • Strengthen and enhance caregivers’ capacity to support the school readiness of children;
    • Provide children with early learning experiences that will support their development of skills, learning of concepts, and expansion of knowledge and understanding of themselves and their surroundings;
    • Provide caregivers/families with resources that can be enrich early learning experiences in their home;
    • Facilitate and foster positive transitions to kindergarten, including continued parent engagement.

    Program Theory

    • Increasing parent/caregiver understanding of play and their role in facilitating their child’s learning will provide positive outcomes for school readiness;
    • Parent/caregiver and child interactions that are intentional and responsive to the child’s needs and emotions are positively associated with school readiness, social skills and receptive communication skills development.

    Target Area: Kalihi

    Launch Date:March 1, 2012

    Target Group:

    • Three and four year olds cared for by family, friend or neighbor caregivers.
    • Children who may be of higher risk of not being as ready for kindergarten – language, motor, transition from home to school routine, etc.

    Project Partners: Family Hui, Kapiolani Community College, Applied Nutrition Program, Community Health Centers (Kalihi-Palama Health Center, Kokua Kalihi Valley), Hawaii Education Matters (Parent Academy), DOE Elementary Schools

    Strategy/Approach:  Facilitated Caregiver and Child Interactive Group Session (approximately 40 sessions (twice a week, 2 hours per)

    Program Components:

    • Positive Parenting Peer Groups (10 sessions) led by trained facilitator (2 hours)
    • Community Leader Training
    • Assessment
    • Parent/Caregiver and Child Interactive Play and Learn Group (20-25 meetings, 2  hours per weekly group meeting)
      • Facilitated by early childhood trained educator
      • Co-facilitated by Community Leader
      • Developmental play and learn centers
      • Family Nutrition and Healthy Living
        • Kapiolani Community College’s Applied Nutrition Program, “Cooking Up a Rainbow”
        • Healthy Snack Time that utilizes parent/caregiver:child interactive snack preparation
        • Hawaii 5-2-1-0, Let’s Go!  – Nutrition/healthy living messaging incorporated throughout play and learn experiences
        • Talk Story Time
        • Interest Workshops by Kapiolani Community College Applied Nutrition, other project partners, such as the teachers from neighborhood elementary school and Head Start, and community resources – (4 sessions, 2 hours each).
        • Follow Ups
          • Resources and Referrals
          • Connection to Family Hui
          • Community Health Centers -family health and wellness needs
          • YMCA – out of school time care/program needs
          • Transition to kindergarten


    Contact:  Diane Tabangay

    YMCA of Honolulu

    Telephone:  808 541-5470

    Email:  dtabangay@ymcahonolulu.org



    4:30-4:50 Ryan Shigetani, Hawaii 3R’s

    Background about Hawaii 3R’s provided here.

    More information about Hawaii 3R’s at website on http://www.hawaii3rs.com/


    4;50-5:00 Member Announcements

    • Takashi Ohno running for State House of Representatives District 27 takashiohno.com
    • Max Sack and Mark McDonald introduced Kikutext,, web application allowing community engagement through text messaging kikutext.com
    • Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i has partnered with Good Beginnings Alliance and the Hawaii Business Roundtable so that girls can learn about this critical issue and help educate the public during our cookie sales in March!  We will provide troops with resources kits in advance so that girls at every level can learn to advocate for an issue that affects their entire community

    5:00:5:45 Strategic Plan

    Cheri Nakamura started with a presentation of HE‘E’s achievements during the past year.

    Kathy Bryant distributed first draft of HE‘E’s action plan for HE‘E’s strategic plan.  Attendees split up into groups and added comment, which was submitted to staff.  Strategic plan follow up will take place at next HE‘E Meeting.



    5:45-6:00 Closing






  4. HE‘E Meeting with Bill Potapchuk 10/31/11

    November 9, 2011

    HE‘E Meeting with Bill Potapchuk of the Community Building Institute

    With support of Kamehameha Schools

    October 31, 2011 2:00-3:30 pm


    1. Dave Tom (GBA)
    2. Mason Chock (Kupa ‘Ae)
    3. Cynthia Okazaki (PACT)
    4. Christina Simmons (PACT)
    5. Jennifer Dang (Coalition 5210)
    6. Cheryl Lupenui (BOE)
    7. Jennie Yee
    8. Matt Lorin (TLC)
    9. Ku‘ulani Keohokalole (KS)

    10. Chris Jackson (Fresh Start)

    11. Karen Ginoza (FACE)

    12. Casey Agena (Punahou Summer School)

    13. Gordon Miyamoto (DOE)

    14. Shawn Kanai‘aupuni (KS)

    15. Bill Potapchuk (Community Building Institute)

    16. Kanoe Naone (INPEACE)

    17. Rockwell Fukino (HALOS)

    18. PJ Foehr

    19. Cheri Nakamura (HE’E)


    Cheri Nakamura welcomed Shawn Kana‘iaupuni and Bill Potapchuk.  Everyone in the group introduced themselves.  Shawn explained briefly about the Ka Pua Initiative. Kamehameha Schools has asked Bill to come and share some of his work with them.


    Bill spoke a little about his background. He has spent a couple of years working in Detroit on a citywide education plan for all students. NEAP scores were in single digits. City helped develop an urban citywide parent engagement plan. He has also helped North Carolina with an early childhood plan.


    Generally speaking, there is a lot of investment going on in education. However, we still aren’t getting results that we want. He stressed the need for alignment and gap filling.

    Take Boston Coalition for Equity and Schools, for example. There needed to be a re-aligning of priorities. It started with policy advocacy; however, advocacy does not always connect people. They wanted community engagement in areas the areas that needed it the most.  What was the disconnect?  They determined that parent leadership development and capacity building was a key factor. But parent leadership training wasn’t just about helping kids do homework and reading a report card.  It was true leadership of parents; there needed to be a systems level change.


    Cheryl Lupenui remarked that at the Board of Education level, they are trying to define strategies in their strategic plan in three areas. This is how she sees they can start filling gaps. BOE would like to fold people into the conversation to spur influencing and owning of the plan.


    Bill remarked that in order for success, you need the “right people on the bus.”  In Detroit, the median single-family home price is $6900.  How will change really happen?  Geography is also as important as the who. What is the amount of touch we need? We need to evaluate the programs and determine which programs are effective. Often there are lots of redundant services.


    Members reacted to Bills comments. Gordon Miyamoto spoke of the work being done at the Castle Complex Community Council (C4). C4 is creating a complex wide family engagement policy. They want to empower families, inviting them to participate, and building capacity. However, how do engage those who are not currently engaged? How do you build enough capacity to have process sustain itself?  Karen Ginoza described FACE’s parent leadership work in the Farrington Complex. Not only does it take building capacity with parents but also you need to work with the school administrators and faculty. She meets with teachers one on one to try to get their buy in.


    Bill spoke about focusing on parent transitions similar to focusing on student transitions.


    Shawn also described one of her discussions at the Native Hawaiian Outcome Council. What if they took a look at a class, say 7th grade, as cohort, and adopted it. Then they could follow progress and outcomes.


    Bill began to speak about the concept of a community school. With this entity, other organizations around or next to a school can share in the responsibility of providing for the child. The key is relationship building—time intensive relationship building—rethinking the “who” in order to get the goal. A good model to look at is Community Schools Model—Mott Foundation. A Community School Coordinator would be utilized to organize and coordinate the activities of the community school. Principal would turn to Community School Coordinator for assistance. Philanthropy and other organizations would help fund the community schools and coordinator. STRIVE has been successful where there are strong community schools—Cincinnati, Portland.



    Meeting adjourned at 3:30pm.





  5. Large Group Meeting Notes: 09/21/11

    September 28, 2011

      HE‘E Large Group Meeting

      September 21, 2011

      YWCA Fuller Hall





      1. Pamela Young

      2. Stacy Nishina (HSTA)

      3. Al Nagasako (HSTA)

      4. PJ Foehr

      5. Gordon Miyamoto (DOE)

      6. Wendy Kekahio (McREL)

      7. Nolan Malone (McREL)

      8. Sherri Okinaga (Academy 21)

      9.  Takashi Ohno

      10. Jennifer Dang (Hawaii 5210)

      11. Rockwell Fukino (HALOS)

      12. Cynthia Okazaki (PACT)

      13. Jean Silvernail (USPACOM)

      14. Caroline Hayashi (PPS/GSH)

      15. Gail Hanneman (GSH)

      16. Mary Weir (FACE)

      17. Karen Ginoza (FACE)

      18. Lyla Berg (Aloha Posse)

      19.  Carl Ackerman (Pueo)

      20.  Debbie Berger (TLC)

      21. Kathy Bryant (HE‘E)

      22. Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)




      5:30-6:00 Check-in and Networking


      6:00-6:20 Jean Silvernail, USPACOM


      • Mission: Advocate to advance education of the highest attainable quality for military children in the USPACOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) to retain and recruit quality military members to support the mission
      • 72,329 military school-age children in USPACOM AOR, 22,642 military students in Hawaii, 14,772 military students in Public Schools
      • Military Student Challenges:
        • Average military child encounters 6-9 new schools during his K-12 career
        • Military children are highly resilient but take almost a school year to adjust
      • Nearly 2/3 of Army High School students report loss of credits due to transfer
      1. Requirements from State to State vary
      2. Deployment-Parents have been deployed as many as 10 times
      • Military Parent Concerns
        • Schools are not autonomous-standards, textbooks, length of day, graduation requirements, geographic exceptions (GE), schedules, testing, programs and policies are not the same
      • Military Parent Desires
        • Choices are desired-on line courses, AP courses, quality charter schools, viable GEs
        • Provide transparent testing information to parents
        • Expand opportunities for participation in sports and other extra-curricular activities
        • Modify home schooling regulations to promote student success and avoid penalties.
        • Participate in decision-making that directly affects their children
        • Accept on-line accredited courses toward graduation and add to transcript
        • Prevent bullying
      • Military Initiatives to Partner with DOE-Initiatives generally implemented in schools with 20% or 50 or more military students. All students within school may participate
        • JVEF Grants
        • DoDEA Grants
        • S.T.E.M Initiatives
        • Army’s National Science and Math Initiative AP Grants in 5 high schools
        • DoDEA Virtual Learning Grants, Blended Learning Grants, AVID
        • Military/School Partnerships-mentoring, coaching, building repairs
      • Dream List
        • Charter High School modeled after the Military Charter Schools in Chicago
        • STEM Charter High School
        • State STEM Consortium
        • Community-Based Schools
        • Parent Advocacy Training
        • Student Leadership Academies
        • Research Internships for High School Students
      • USPACOM has much in common with HE‘E
        • Desire the best education possible for our children
        • Dedicated to making a difference
        • Willing to partner to promote quality education
        • Believe parents are a key to successful learning


      6:25-6:45 Stacy Nishina, HSTA

      • Who is HSTA?  Labor union comprised of teachers, registrars, and counselors. Members in public schools and charter schools. Affiliate of National Educational Association
      • What does HSTA do? Uphold agreements made between DOE and teachers, advocate for members and education issues, provides leadership training and professional development.
      • Professional Development (PD) helps to increase knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards all with goal of providing better teacher and learning
      • Summer Internship Program (part of PD) exposes teachers to real life work experiences outside of the classroom to create learning that is rigorous and relevant, and enables teachers to shape the next generation of employees to be equipped with workforce skills.  Some business partners include Star-Advertiser, Bank of Hawaii, Castle and Cooke, First Insurance, Outrigger, DFS, Hawaiian Airlines and Starwood.
      • NEA Grant-NEA Workshop- Family-School-Community Partnerships

      It’s time we take family and community engagement as seriously as we take curriculum, standards, and                    tests.

      • Research shows that partnerships can play a vital role in closing achievement gaps among students of similar ability.
      • Over the last five years, NEA and its affiliates have convened more than 125 community conversations in 21 states
      • Community driven-they identify causes of achievement gaps in their communities, set priorities, develop and implement action plans, and mobilize to get results
      • HSTA-Received a grant and will be working with the Big Island to implement-5 STEP PROCESS
      1. Identify the community:  HSTA is considering the Big Island
      2. Engage the Community:  HSTA will work to establish an Organizing Coalition Committee
      3. Identify the Critical Issues: analyze the Community Conversation data and identify the community’s top three priorities.
      4. Agree on Priorities & Create an Action Plan:  an action plan that addresses the changes they seek.
      5. Mobilize the Community:  Guided by the plan of action, community members work together towards improving student success.
      • Building Partnerships Goals- enhanced relationships between teachers and parents, increased confidence in the school system, return of students from private schools, improved communication among institutional stakeholders


      6:50-7:00 Member Announcements


      FACE parent Leadership Training

      September 24 and November 19, 2011 – 9 am to 3:00 pm, Susannah Wesley Community Center, 1117 Kaili Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819


      This two day leadership training aims to empower parents/guardians of students attending schools in the Farrington Complex with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to be more involved in their children’s education and the state’s public school system.  Parents and community members from other schools are invited to register if they agree to volunteer in the Farrington Complex schools.


      Trainer:  Mary Gonzales of the Gamaliel Foundation, A Training Institute

      Contact:  Faith Action for Community Equity, 1352 Liliha Street, Rm. 2, Honolulu, HI  96817, Ph. 522-1304 or

      Call FACE Education Organizer, Patrick Zukemura, Ph. 391-3464


      Aloha Posse Bootcamp for Democracy: 09/24/11

      September 22, 2011 | Filed Under: Important News

      Saturday, September 24, 2011    •    8:30 am – 3:30 pm

      The Judiciary History Center, 2nd floor Conference Room, 417 King Street, (Queen and Miller Streets), Honolulu, Hawaii 96813


      Resource materials, light refreshments, lunch, and parking stipend for all participants will be provided.


      Lyla Berg also provided timeline of how Aloha Posse came together and advocated on BOE Policy 4540. Stressed the power of alliance.


      7:00-7:30 Discussion on Education Benchmark Indicators


      Summary:  We offered the following questions for discussion at the September 24 meeting.  Small groups discussed and a handful of people submitted comments in writing.  A small group will convene to focus on the discussion of education system indicators and measures of success.  Anyone interested in working on those indicators should let Cheri know.  The task is to jumpstart the conversation and submit a set of proposed indicators by the middle of October.  Responses are in bold.  We also encourage all HE’E members to join in the conversation and submit comments.


      HE’E Questionnaire:  Hawaii Education System Indicators and Measures of Success

      Responses:  5 responses submitted


      What are the community-based measures of success? An outcome that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timed).    For example, an Indicator may be 3rd Grade Literacy and an Outcome would be 90% of 3rd graders read at grade level by 2016.  Choosing a specific indicator and measure of success, sets the priorities for planning, policy making, resource allocation, etc.  Knowing the outcome goal helps shape the decision-making at the Board, Complex, and school level.  By selecting only a handful of indicators, really focuses the efforts of the department.


      We have heard from Strive about the community-based education indicators they created.  A copy of their presentation chart is attached.  In Hawaii, P-20 charts indicators for high school graduates.  A sample of their indicators is attached.  At our recent HE’E Planning Team meeting we began brainstorming general categories for which indicators could be developed.    Please check the ones you like and give your feedback on these category areas:


      1. Academic or Student Achievement:

      As measured by a combination of quality instruction and developmental  benchmarks

      • Distinguish between student outcomes and school outcomes (or indicators)

      • Prioritize or distinguish between primary and secondary indicators

      • Use growth model indicators

      • Mastery of content

      • 3rd grade literacy

      • 8th grade algebra readiness

      • Continuity of instructional language


      2. Health and Wellness

      Healthy lunch program

      • PE minutes a week

      • Opportunities for physical exercise

      • Diet

      • What are measurable outcomes?


      3. Family Support and Engagement

      Active SCC

      • Parent participation in parent/teacher conferences

      • Address cultural and language barriers

      • School/Community/parent communication/interaction measured by documents/info going out and percent response coming back

      Meaningful parent survey


      4. School Facilities

      Narrow the facilities gap within feeder schools

      • Set standards


      5. School Safety

      Chapter 19 referrals

      • Bullying

      • Use a survey

      • Institution of security

      • Educational programs that target school safety


      6. School Transition Success (pre to K, elem to middle, middle to high, high to college/career)


      • Tours of new school

      • Parents have “seen” or “met” the new principal

      • Sufficient number of counselors in high school


      7. Other: ________________________________



      How would you describe what a great school looks, feels, like?  What about a great school complex?

      Students engaged, open lines of communication, common instructional language


      7:30-8:00 Networking and Closing


    • Pat Brown: Strive Presentation 07/15/11

      July 29, 2011

      Presentation by Pat Brown of Strive at July 15, 2011 HE‘E Meeting. Link to file (2.2 mb)

    • HE‘E Meeting Pat Brown of Strive 08/15/11

      July 25, 2011

      HE‘E Meeting with Pat Brown of Strive More…

    • Steven Bingler Hawaii Nexus Presentation 06/14/11

      July 14, 2011

      Presentation by Concordia at June 14, 2011 HE‘E meeting. Hawaii Nexus Link to pdf file (5mb)

    • Steven Bingler Meeting Q&A 06/14/11

      July 6, 2011

      Questions submitted by meeting participants and answered by Concordia. More…

    • HE‘E Meeting with Concordia: 06/14/11

      June 20, 2011

      Guest Speakers Steven Bingler, Bobbie Hill and Juliet Page for a discussion on community engagement and Schools of the 21st century



      YWCA Fuller Hall

      June 14, 2011

      9:00am to 11:00am


      Community Engagement and Schools of the 21st Century


      Guest Speaker: Steven Bingler of Concordia





      1 Sheila Cyboron Castle Complex Community Council (C4)

      2 Phyllis Ida (C4)

      3 Gina Eustaquio (C4)

      4 Alexis Kane (C4)

      5 Angela Meixell (C4)

      6 Nick Aiello (C4)

      7 Wendy Kekahio McRel

      8 Stacy Nishina HSTA

      9 Sherri Okinaga Academy 21

      10 Karen Aka Academy 21

      11 Rep Takumi Capitol

      12 Rylan Yee (C4)

      13 Jennie Yee (C4)

      14 Rosey Potts Windward DOE PCNC

      15 Kathleen Kane UH College of Education

      16 Pamela Young

      17 Caroline Hayashi Parents for Public Schools

      18 Carl Ackerman Pueo

      19 Ormand Hammond Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)

      20 Ethan Alen PREL

      21 Fred Birkett Hawaii Charter School Network (HCSN)

      22 Lynn Finnegan HCSN

      23 Lesli Yogi P-20

      24 Maria Monsell P-20

      25 Karen  Ginoza Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE)

      26 Rockwell Fukino Hawaii Athletic League of Scholars (HALOS)

      27 Cheryl Ka’uhane Lupenui BOE

      28 Cynthia Okazaki Parents and Children Together

      29 Keith Amemiya BOE

      30 Christina Simmons Parents and Children Together

      31 Craig Chong Fresh Leadership

      32 Cherise Imai DOE/JVEF

      33 Jean Grice (DoDEA) U. S. Pacific Command Liaison Officer

      34 Jennifer Dang Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition (NPAC)

      35 Wendy Nakasone US Army

      36 Kathy Bryant HE’E

      37 Cheri Nakamura HE’E

      38 Jon Kawamura Capitol Rep Belatti’s office

      39 Bernadette Fo Capitol Rep Belatti’s office

      40 Jonathan Weintraub DOE Facilities

      41 Nick Nichols DOE Facilities

      43 Curtis Leong Girl Scouts

      44 Dave Tom GBA

      45 Leighton Change HQ PACAF/AISRR

      46 Takashi Ohno Fern Elementary

      47 Bill Kaneko Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA)

      48 Jeanne Schultz Afuvai HIPA

      49 Lynn Fallin HIPA

      50 Alan Oshima HIPA

      51 Bobbie Hill Concordia

      52 Steven Bingler Concordia

      53 Juliet Page Concordia




      9:00 Reception and Sign In


      9:10 Welcome

      Cheri Nakamura welcomed the attendees and acknowledged the HE‘E members and participants and distinguished guests.  Cheri passed the podium to Alan Oshima to introduce members of Concordia.


      9:20 Introduction of Concordia

      Alan Oshima explained how he and Bill Kaneko of Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) met Steven Bingler at a national conference for Council for Education Facility Planners International (CEPFI) in Scottsdale, AR, and that hearing about his work inspired them to invite Steven to Hawaii earlier this year.  The group had returned last night from the Big Island, where they had met school administrators and Mayor Billy Kenoi. Alan introduced Steven Bingler, Founder of Concordia, Bobbie Hill whose expertise is in community organizing, and Juliet Page, philanthropy consultant, who has worked closely with Concordia on major projects


      9:30-10:20 Nexus and 21st Century Schools

      Steven Bingler started his presentation by explaining his “nexus” concept, in which school and community are built in partnership, with the school ideally at the center of the nexus. He gave some examples of projects to illustrate.


      1. Tishomingo County Educational Complex

      Iuka, Mississippi


      The design locates common spaces around an open, circular court for complete community access. Programmatic uses balance school and community: school auditorium as community theater, gymnasium as community fitness center, cafeteria as town meeting hall, media center and early learning and child care center, adjacent forest as environmental learning site.


      2. The Metropolitan Center

      Providence, Rhode Island


      To facilitate a community-based master plan for the future expansion of their downtown campus, the master planning process engaged the Metropolitan Center’s administrators, teachers, parents and students as well as local business, resident and nonprofit stakeholders from the South Providence community. Each of the four proposed new small schools is an individual, stand alone building, housing approximately 115 high school students.  To also serve as a neighborhood center, four small schools were centrally located within their community and placed at opposite corners of an 8 acre site. Common functions include a large fitness center with a gymnasium, aerobics and weight rooms, a rock climbing wall and a separate, building with a black box theater, radio studio, and video production area.


      Steven emphasized that in this project, government officials kept asking, “where are the school fences?” as there were none in the plan.  The community told officials they did not want the fences, rather, wanted the schools to be integrated with community.


      3.  School of the Arts (SOTA) Tacoma, WA-an example of an “extended learning center”


      4. Downtown School, Minneapolis, MN-example of partnership with YMCA for gymnasium and Theater for auditorium/place for work study for students


      5. Henry Ford Academy

      Dearborn, Michigan


      The Henry Ford Academy is located completely within the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Rather than build a new facility on the site, the school is integrated into the existing museum spaces. Historical artifacts from the museum, such as machinery and train cars, were incorporated into the public spaces of the school.


      Bobbie Hill spoke about her work with communities. She performs and asset mapping of the community, then identifies community leaders or “fellows,” who she works with, building capacity. The fellows sustain the project once Concordia completes its work.

      Bobby used The Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center in Houston as an example of her work with engaging the community.


      The Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center

      Houston, TX


      The campus of the Baker Ripley Center supports a large under served population in the Gulfton neighborhood of southwest Houston, Texas. The master planning process included six months of intense community engagement with residents to identify assets and future needs. Located next to an existing community center, the campus includes a new middle school, a public library, a health clinic, a business incubator, a community health and fitness center, an outdoor movie venue, a community arts center, a farmers market and other outdoor public park venues. In response to suggestions from local residents, the building designs interpret regional Southwestern American art and architectural language.


      Juliet Page spoke about briefly about her role as philanthropy consultant.  Philanthropists and foundations support many projects.  Organized community engagement as HE‘E Coalition is very positive.


      10-20-10:30 Networking Break


      10:30-10:55 Q&A

      Kathy Bryant thanked Steven, Bobbie and Juliet for sharing their work with us.  For the Q&A session, Steven came back to the podium and asked the audience to think about how their work might generate ideas for possible projects.


      Q1: Takashi Ohno asked about distance. Where his mother lives in Texas where there is ample land, would development be different in an island region like Hawaii?


      Steven has worked on projects where land is restricted and that did not necessarily hinder development. It takes an approach unique to that community and region.


      Q2: Jennifer Dang mentioned that she works on health issues and asked if Concordia has worked with Strive.


      Concordia is familiar with Strive and are thrilled at the fact that she is involved in incorporating health projects with the school.


      Q3: Lesli Yogi asked about funding—how much does a school cost? How does funding work?


      It depends on the project and scope. Funding methods are varied.


      Q4: How long does the community engagement piece take?


      Average is about 9-12 months, but in New Orleans, on project took a short as 6 months.


      Q5: What about long term prospects?


      Key in planning is how to make facilities as flexible as possible. We don’t know how education will change but we want to be ready to adapt.


      10:55 Close

      Kathy Bryant thanked members and guests.



      Questions on note cards


      1. Given recently reported budget cuts affecting the state DOE, can you give us hints of how Juliet Page obtained large multi-year grants for New Orleans?


      2. Do you have any experiences with military schools (i.e. schools located on a military installation?) If so, could you please share best practices, challenges results?


      3. The biggest barrier to change is the state bureaucracy (regulations, process, procurement). How did other communities address these challenges?


      4. Reflection: Wish there could be a physical and facility link with military command and military impacted schools


      5. How can planning process take into account the inevitable changes that will take place in a community over the long term?


      6. Have you tried this approach outside the US? Differences, similarities?