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Ethan Porter

Ethan ʻOnipaʻa Porter is a Social Studies instructor at Campbell High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in Hawaiian Studies and Political Science and a Certificate in Secondary Education, Social Studies, both from the University of Hawaii Manoa.
Hawaii Teacher: Socrates Had It All Wrong On Technology And Education Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Socrates Had It All Wrong On Technology And Education

Some people think the internet will ruin young minds, but it’s a tool that teachers must learn to use properly.

Hawaii Teacher: Welcome To The Islands — Now Help Us Improve Our Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Welcome To The Islands — Now Help Us Improve Our Schools

Christina Kishimoto will have her work cut out for her when she becomes the state’s new superintendent of education Aug. 1.

Hawaii Teacher: The Reasons My Fellow Instructors Are Saying Goodbye Courtesy of Brandon Komatsu

Hawaii Teacher: The Reasons My Fellow Instructors Are Saying Goodbye

At the end of every school year, teachers look around and see colleagues who won’t be coming back.

Hawaii Teacher: New Contract Will Be Well-Received In Classrooms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: New Contract Will Be Well-Received In Classrooms

A 13.6 percent raise over four years is most welcome. Perhaps the union’s aggressive, out-in-the-open negotiations helped.

Hawaii Teacher: Stalled Contract Talks Are Prompting Whispers Of A Strike Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Stalled Contract Talks Are Prompting Whispers Of A Strike

The current teacher contract negotiations invoke memories of 2001, the last time teachers went on strike.

 

Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA

The unprecedented move of releasing the union’s negotiating positions — and the state’s pay offer — brings a new level of transparency.

Hawaii Teacher: Strategic Plan Has Its Moments, But It’s Premature Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Strategic Plan Has Its Moments, But It’s Premature

State Board of Education members moved too fast in approving a crucial plan for running public schools in the islands.

Hawaii Teacher: Election Shocked Them In The Classroom, Too Ethan Porter

Hawaii Teacher: Election Shocked Them In The Classroom, Too

Like the rest of the country, students and educators didn’t see a Trump victory coming. What changes are coming to schools nationwide?

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi

A new superintendent needs to be much more proactive and transparent in supporting teachers.

Hawaii Teacher: We Can Fix Schools Without Gazing Beyond The Islands Kevin Oliver/Flickr.com

Hawaii Teacher: We Can Fix Schools Without Gazing Beyond The Islands

Sure, Finland has a great education system. But this isn’t Finland. It’s time to figure this out for ourselves.

Hawaii Teacher: New Moms In Our Schools Deserve Maternity Leave Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: New Moms In Our Schools Deserve Maternity Leave

The state doesn't offer paid maternity leave for teachers, and the union isn't pushing to get it into our next labor contract.
Hawaii Teacher: My Students Scoff At Promises Of Air Conditioning Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: My Students Scoff At Promises Of Air Conditioning

After nine years in sweltering classrooms, students are understandably cynical about all the talk of heat relief.
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