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Ethan Porter

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.
Hawaii Teacher: Local Politics Are A Mystery To My Students Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Local Politics Are A Mystery To My Students

Forget Clinton and Trump. Young people care about issues closer to home. Now I have to teach them about local leaders.
Hawaii Teacher: Technology Provides Plenty Of Teachable Moments Flickr.com

Hawaii Teacher: Technology Provides Plenty Of Teachable Moments

Get past the idea that kids are tech addicts (they learned the behavior from watching adults). Instead, schools must embrace the challenges and opportunities.
Hawaii Teacher: My Year Of Endless Evaluations

Hawaii Teacher: My Year Of Endless Evaluations

It's goodbye No Child Left Behind Act and hello Every Student Succeeds Act. A task force is deciding how to evaluate island instructors anew.
Hawaii Teacher: Public Schools Are Far Too Afraid Of Failing Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Public Schools Are Far Too Afraid Of Failing

From standards-based assessments of schools to the classroom culture, an F grade equates to losing. We need to change that mentality.
Hawaii Teacher: Trump Changes Everything In Social Studies Class Gage Skidmore/Flickr.com

Hawaii Teacher: Trump Changes Everything In Social Studies Class

The Republican front-runner's unexpected rise is the great equalizer: Now the teacher is in as much suspense as the students.
Hawaii Teacher: Why Most Of Us Ignore Our Union Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Why Most Of Us Ignore Our Union

There are too many reasons why teachers don't get more involved, and it's up to union leaders to reach out to the rank and file.
Hawaii Teacher: Promising Future Teachers Are Already In The Islands Hawaii Department of Education

Hawaii Teacher: Promising Future Teachers Are Already In The Islands

Recruiting people from the mainland is fine for diversifying the work force, but Hawaii's best move would be to improve its student teacher system.