Representatives of former Amendment 4 adversaries Good Beginnings and the Hawaii State Teachers Association will unite in a special, free Civil Beat public discussion about how to improve early education in Hawaii.

In another upcoming event, incoming state Senate Education Committee chairwoman Michelle Kidani will take part in a discussion on how the state should continue the professional development of teachers. The two events are sponsored by the He’e Coalition, the University of Hawaii College of Education, and the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, and are part of our continuing Civil Cafes focused on education issues in Hawaii.

The first event, “How Do We Retain & Elevate Teachers in Hawaii?” will take place Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Kipapa Elementary School in Miliani. The panel will include Lisa DeLong of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, William Scott of Teach for America, Keri Shimomoto of the New Teacher Center, Corey Rosenlee who is a teacher at Campbell High School, and Sen. Kidani. RSVP for free tickets here.

The second conversation, “Early Education — Amendment 4 Failed, Now What?” is set for Thursday, Jan.. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Castle High School in Kaneohe. Participants will include Deborah Zysman of Good Beginnings; Joan Lewis of the Hawaii State Teachers Association; Karen Ginoza of Faith Action for Community Equity; Kerrie Urosevich, the Early Childhood Action Strategy coordinator, and state Sen. Jill Tokuda, the former education committee chair. Free tickets can be reserved here.

Both events will be moderated by Civil Beat reporter Nathan Eagle and members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions. If you cannot attend but would like to ask questions, tweet them with hashtag #civilcafe and we’ll do our best to have them answered. See you there.

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