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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: Getting Legislators To My Democracy Class Wasn’t Easy Courtesy of Erin Yagi

Hawaii Teacher: Getting Legislators To My Democracy Class Wasn’t Easy

I wanted my Campbell High students to hear firsthand from their legislators, but only Matt LoPresti answered the call.

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.
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