Approximately 47,000 of Hawai‘i’s public school students are of Hawaiian ancestry. This memorandum of understanding enables KS to work more closely with the DOE to cultivate a strong Native Hawaiian identity in its students, preparing them for post-secondary success.
Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) have finalized a memorandum of understanding aimed at increasing the educational success of Native Hawaiian learners enrolled in the public school system.
The agreement, which was unanimously approved at the BOE’s general business meeting at Kailua Intermediate School on Oct. 4, was signed on Nov. 16 by KS Chief Executive Officer Jack Wong and BOE Chairperson Lance Mizumoto at KS’ Kapālama campus.
“This new partnership will help further our ability to support the development of Native Hawaiians in the public school system, where many of our future local and global leaders are being shaped,” says Wong.
“It’s a win-win-win situation for all. As we work with the Board and Department of Education, the visions we share for improved education can affect all learners in the system.”
The accord focuses on three areas: sharing measurements and targets that lead to increased post-secondary completion for all Native Hawaiians; advancing the Hawaiian language as a medium of teaching and learning in the public school system; and promoting Hawaiian culture-based education Hawai‘i-wide. The next step in the process will involve creating memorandums of agreement that support the implementation of Native Hawaiian culture-based education principles.
“This key partnership will support and compliment the work the Board and Department are doing to align its systems with Board Policy E-3, Nā Hopena Aʻo,” says Mizumoto. “These actions will ensure that our public education system embodies Hawaiian values, language, culture and history while preparing students for college, career, and citizenship.”
The collaboration marks KS’ fifth recent partnership with a major educational organization that supports KS’ strategic goal of contributing to and enhancing educational systems throughout Hawai‘i.
STRATEGIC PLAN 2020
SP2020 is a five-year strategic plan that will guide Kamehameha Schools from 2015 to 2020. The plan marks a starting point toward KS’ Vision 2040, which envisions success for all Native Hawaiian learners.
This KS-BOE partnership addresses Goal 2 and Goal 3 of SP2020 which call for KS to contribute to community efforts for an improved education system and to cultivate Native Hawaiian identity within its learners. It also supports Action 4 of Kamehameha’s Ten Actions for fiscal year 2017, calling for KS to leverage community partnerships to improve educational success across the state.
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