Recent Discussion of Pandemic Education Issues in the Media

Hawaii schools superintendent Christina Kishimoto stepping down in July when contract ends, March 19, 2021 Honolulu Star Advertiser

Did Unions’ Lack of Support Spell Trouble for School Superintendent? March 23, 2021 Civil Beat

Educators Worry About Kids With No Computers As Online Classes Start. April 5, 2020, Civil Beat

Civil Beat’s Virtual Education Event Digs Into Distance Learning July 20, 2020. Panel Discussion, Civil Beat

The First Grades Of The New School Year Are In — And Hawaii’s Students Are Struggling Dec 9, 2020, Civil Beat

Instructors For Hire: How The Pandemic Is Fueling A New Side Business, Aug 20, 2020, Civil Beat

Honolulu Civil Beat Panel “Online Learning: What Have We Learned?”

On June 25th, I participated, along with a principal, a teacher, and a student. on what we have learned about virtual learning during the pandemic. The educators and student were exemplary, giving us a view of creative, dedicated, focus on delivering learning and connection. As I noted in my panel contributions, from our Parents for Public Schools of Hawai‘i survey of families, the crisis persists. We do not have the systems or training in place to engage enough of our students substantively and personally, to support their learning and emotional health. All panelists agreed on this. Click the image below to listen. — Deborah

Hawai‘i Connectivity Status – from the State of the States, Education SuperHighway

The classroom connectivity gap is largely closed as shown in this 2019 report. The Hawai‘i Connectivity Snapshot (clickable image below) shows the status of Hawai‘i public school connectivity. Now, as virtual learning to homes is needed, we need to work on hot spots, connections from vendors, and devices for students at home to enable equitable virtual learning access.


Pandemic Drives Statewide Learning Management Adoption

Education Week’s blog this week focuses on the movement of states towards offering statewide learning management systems. Idaho, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Utah have chosen or are in the midst of implementing statewide design of learning management using software from Canvas, Egenuity, Desire2Learn and others. Click here for G2 software review’s good comparison of major LMS providers. The summary grid is below.

The blog does not mention Hawai‘i, the only district that is a state. While some statewide systems have been in place in Hawai‘i, there is a current effort to choose an LMS, and we would assume, to design an integration with SIS and clear guidance on complex area and school level use of the LMS as a parent portal as well. In Parents for Public Schools of Hawai‘i recent parent survey, there was a remarkable variety of ways the parents get information on the schools and on their student’s learning.

Satisfaction is highest with Google Classroom (though it is more limited in function) and Canvas from Instructure.