With a new decade approaching, Network advocates are planning to hit the ground running in 2020. We asked leaders across the Network to share further details on the work they’re most excited to tackle in 2020 and beyond, from state report card improvements to advancing science-based reading instruction. Find the full series here.
What are you most excited to work on in 2020 (and beyond)?
By David Miyashiro, Executive Director, HawaiiKidsCAN
2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for HawaiiKidsCAN! We have a number of policy priorities, including improving access to innovative educational options; working to ensure free FAFSA completion assistance for all Hawaii graduating seniors; incentivizing schools to focus industry certification programs on high-demand, high-earning careers; incentivizing schools to adopt a trauma-informed approach to student learning and support; growing the pipeline of quality school leaders and identifying an alternative route to certification for school leaders; and launching a statewide campaign to close the achievement gap by 2030.
We’ve already engaged a number of key stakeholders and partners around this work, and we’re excited for the opportunity to advance initiatives that address current and future needs for Hawaii.
Beyond our direct policy work, we are fired up to advance some exciting organizing initiatives and events. We are looking forward to successfully expanding our We Are Voices of Excellence (WAVE) advocacy training program, including flying out students from neighbor islands for the first time to participate in advocacy at the State Capitol in Honolulu. We are bringing back our popular signature events Spark & Inspire and Wahine Processing Power, which focus on teacher innovation and gender equity in STEM, respectively.
We are also paying much closer attention to innovative practices outside of the traditional education system, and are running a first-time showcase and resource fair for students in homeschooled, unschooled, or unbundled education settings during National School Choice Week.
All in all, the HawaiiKidsCAN team is excited to show the rest of the country that a small state like Hawaii can drive big changes and results on behalf of kids.