THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              68
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF THE VARIOUS ROLES INVOLVED IN
    THE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.


 1        WHEREAS, in order to ensure the best education for
 2   Hawaii's children and the optimal use of resources within the
 3   State's public education system, it is important to articulate
 4   the roles and responsibilities involved in the operation of
 5   Hawaii's public education system; and
 6   
 7        WHEREAS, those involved in public education must also
 8   understand the roles and responsibilities of others involved
 9   from the policy-makers, to the administrators, to the students,
10   parents, teachers, and community-at-large; and
11   
12        WHEREAS, in 1998, the co-chair of the Committee on
13   Education responsible for lower education took it upon himself
14   to compile the perceptions of the major stakeholders within
15   Hawaii's public education system of the roles and
16   responsibilities of those involved in public education as
17   follows:
18   
19        (1)  Role of the Governor
20   
21             The Governor evaluates and directs the preparation
22             and administration of state programs, financial
23             plans, and budget;
24   
25        (2)  Role of the Legislature
26   
27             The legislature adopts programs, the state budget and
28             other legislation, and appropriates moneys to
29             implement the programs;
30   
31        (3)  Role of Board of Education (BOE)
32   
33             (a)  Sets education policies for the public school
34                  system; especially goals and objectives along
35                  with an action plan;
36   
37             (b)  Adopts student performance standards and the
38                  means to assess them;
39   
40             (c)  Monitors school success in order to enable all
41                  public school students to acquire the knowledge,

 
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 1                  skills, respect for learning and attributes
 2                  necessary for life-long learning and responsible
 3                  citizenship;
 4   
 5        (4)  Role of the Superintendent (taken from 302A-111,
 6             Hawaii Revised Statutes -- Duties of the
 7             Superintendent)
 8   
 9             (a)  Has jurisdiction over the internal organization,
10                  operation, and management of the public school
11                  system, as provided by law;
12   
13             (b)  Administers programs of education and public
14                  instruction throughout the state, including
15                  education at the preschool, primary, and
16                  secondary school levels;
17   
18             (c)  Administers other such educational-related
19                  programs as may be established by law;
20   
21        (5)  Role of School Administrators (Principals & Vice-
22             Principals)
23   
24             (a)  Commits to student learning and school
25                  improvement;
26   
27             (b)  Demonstrates achievement-oriented and supportive
28                  leadership;
29   
30             (c)  Utilizes effective leadership strategies to
31                  unify staff;
32   
33             (d)  Manages the full scope of school administrative
34                  responsibilities;
35   
36             (e)  Advocates, nurtures and sustains a school
37                  culture and instructional program conducive to
38                  student learning;
39   
40             (f)  Facilitates the development, articulation, and
41                  implementation of a vision of learning that is
42                  shared and supported by the school community;
43   
44             (g)  Conducts systematic assessment and analyses of
45                  the educational needs of students based on
46                  multiple measures to determine successful

 
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 1                  practices that effect student outcomes;
 2   
 3             (h)  Mobilizes the participation and employment of
 4                  appropriate individuals to establish a positive
 5                  learning environment for students;
 6   
 7             (i)  Provides professional development that focuses
 8                  on student learning and school improvement;
 9   
10             (j)  Collaborates with and actively involves families
11                  and community members to achieve school goals
12                  and solve problems;
13   
14             (k)  Ensures the management of the organization,
15                  operations, and resources for a safe, efficient,
16                  and effective learning environment;
17   
18        (6)  Role of Teachers
19   
20             (a)  Understands how children learn and develop, and
21                  engages in appropriate experiences that support
22                  their development as independent learners;
23   
24             (b)  Uses an understanding of individual and group
25                  motivation and behavior to create a learning
26                  environment that encourages positive social
27                  interaction, civic responsibility, active
28                  engagement in learning, and self-motivation;
29   
30             (c)  Understands and uses appropriate assessment
31                  strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous
32                  intellectual, social and physical development of
33                  the learner;
34   
35             (d)  Plans instruction based upon knowledge of
36                  students, the community, instructional goals,
37                  and statewide performance standards;
38   
39             (e)  Understands and uses a variety of active
40                  learning strategies to develop student's
41                  thinking, problem-solving, and learning skills;
42   
43             (f)  Understands how students differ in their
44                  attitudes toward and approaches to learning and
45                  creates instructional opportunities that are
46                  inclusive and adopted to diverse learners;

 
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 1   
 2             (g)  Provides sound classroom management and
 3                  communicates with parents about student
 4                  progress;
 5   
 6        (7)  Role of Students
 7   
 8             (a)  Actively involved in the decision-making process
 9                  that affects the educational system;
10   
11             (b)  Fosters a spirit of inquiry in order to express
12                  their own views and critique the opinion of
13                  others;
14   
15             (c)  Attends school regularly and punctually;
16   
17             (d)  Maintains efficient work habits, respect for
18                  self, others, authority, and property;
19   
20             (e)  Comprehends curriculum information;
21   
22        (8)  Role of Parents (the first educators at home)
23   
24             (a)  Maintains communication with teachers;
25   
26             (b)  Participates in the decision-making process with
27                  regards to educational policies;
28   
29        (9)  Role of Volunteers
30   
31             (a)  Seniors Actively Volunteering in Education
32                  (SAVE)
33   
34                  (i)  Acts as motivators and role models to share
35                       the importance and value of education;
36   
37                 (ii)  Helps students to interact appropriately
38                       with older adults;
39   
40                (iii)  Helps students accept and be proud of their
41                       cultural identity while respecting the
42                       culture of others;
43   
44                 (iv)  Exemplifies positive personal ethics and
45                       self-discipline;
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 1                  (v)  Helps make learning less theoretical and
 2                       more relevant to daily life;
 3   
 4             (b)  Community Representatives
 5   
 6                  (i)  Represents community concerns regarding
 7                       school policy;
 8   
 9                 (ii)  Engages in positive and active
10                       communication to stimulate the community in
11                       attending, volunteering, and donating in
12                       school activities; 
13   
14   now, therefore,
15   
16        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
17   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that the Board
18   of Education is urged to transmit to the major stakeholders in
19   public education the roles and responsibilities of those
20   involved in public education as compiled above to be used as a
21   guide to provide the best education for Hawaii's children and
22   for the optimal use of resources in the State's public
23   education system; and
24   
25        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the major stakeholders in
26   public education formulate an action plan in accordance with
27   the "8" goals of education which was instituted in 1991; and
28   
29        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
30   Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Board of
31   Education.
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