Education Institute of Hawaii
An Independent Catalyst for Improving Public Education in Hawaii


"When a rock is dropped into a pool, it sends out ripples in all directions.  The ripples continue to move and change.  And cause an effect that is much more than just a moment in time.  Water holds the power of transition ... of continuity and fluidity from one state to another, as a symbol of metamorphosis."  Lisa Wright, Principal, Michael Strembitsky School, Edmonton Public Schools

The 1st Annual Hawaii School Empowerment Conference is a two day event sponsored by the Education Institute of Hawaii.  It will be held on November 28 and November 29, 2014 at Moanalua High School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  In addition to respected education leaders from Hawaii, the conference will feature outstanding “school empowerment leaders” and keynote speakers from the Edmonton Public Schools, Clark County School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools.  

What:     1st Annual Hawaii School Empowerment Conference

When:    November 28, 2014 and November 29, 2014

Time:      8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:   Moanalua High School, 2825 Ala Ilima Street, Honolulu, Hawaii96818

Who:       For all interested education leaders, community leaders, principals, vice principals, teachers, parents, community members,

Cost:       No registration fee

To register, please click on the following link:

If you have any questions, please email or call (808) 778-6378

Pre-conference Survey Results

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NOTE:  Speaker Presentations and Handouts have been posted in the RESOURCES section of the website.


JUDY BURTON, CEO of Alliance College Ready Public Schools Judy Ivie Burton is President and CEO of Alliance College Ready Public Schools, a network of 17 high schools and 9 middle schools serving close to 11,000 students in grades 6-12.  Alliance graduation rates exceed state and local district averages, 90% of Alliance graduates go on to college. Burton has served as Superintendent of Local District B in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest of 11 local districts with 83 pre K-12 schools serving more than 93,000 students in the North and Northeast San Fernando Valley school communities. During her tenure, elementary schools achieved significant improvement in literacy and math performance on state and local tests. Secondary schools succeeded in improving classroom instruction and demonstrated noteworthy progress in academic growth and instructional best practices.

TOMMY CHANG, Local Area Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District Tommy Chang currently serves as the Instructional Superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District’s Intensive Support and Innovation Center.  He is charged with managing LAUSD’s best thinking and resources in schools doing the most challenging and innovative work.  Under his supervision are 145 schools, including the lowest-performing schools and the most innovative schools, serving more than 100,000 students.

BRUCE COGGLES, retired Assistant Superintendent of Edmonton Public Schools Bruce Coggles retired in August, 2013 from the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools with Edmonton Public Schools.  This marked the conclusion of an incredibly satisfying and rewarding career in education. During his career, Coggles served as Associate Superintendent of Schools, where he directly supervised school principals in the school-based decision making model in place in the district. Coggles has enjoyed the diversity of his many roles in the educational field, and particularly valued the relationships with students and colleagues, the challenge of building high- functioning teams and coaching and mentoring new principals. 

DAVID FRASER, Executive Director, Corporate Services of Edmonton Public Schools David Fraser is the Executive Director, Corporate Services with Edmonton Public Schools, overseeing the departments of Financial Services, Human Resources, Communications, Planning and Student Transportation, Facilities Services and District Technology. Fraser has been with the district for twenty-five years and he has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in human resources and accounting.  He led the Review of Coordination and Integration of Central Services in 2010 and was a member of the Minister's provincial Task Force on Teaching Excellence in 2013-2014.

MICHAEL STREMBITSKY, Superintendent of Edmonton Public Schools, 1972 through 1994 As Superintendent of Schools with the Edmonton Public School District, Michael Strembitsky initiated and implemented a total restructuring of the district’s organization.  This included changing the provincial/district operational year from a calendar year to a school year; school–based decision making and budgeting; and annual staff, student, parent and community surveys on the effectiveness of the schools and services of the central departments. Leaving Edmonton in 1994, Strembitsky joined a national “think tank” organization in Washington, D.C. as Director of High Performance Management, working with more than 50 school districts and as a speaker in over 200 districts across the United States promoting restructuring of district operation to schools being front and center. 

LISA WRIGHT, Principal of Michael Strembitsky School (K-9) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Lisa Wright is the Principal of Michael Strembitsky School (MSS) in Edmonton, Alberta. Over the past 22 years, she has worked as a teacher, consultant, and central office administrator within Edmonton Public Schools. At the University of Alberta, Wright teaches pre-service and graduate level courses in Educational Policy Studies. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada supported Wright’s scholarly research on principal identity and reflective practices that support school improvement and empowerment. Most recently, she has collaborated with Alberta Education (provincial Ministry of Education) to develop MSS as a Demonstration Site that brings Inspiring Education to life within a Kindergarten to Grade 9 school.


DR. SANDRA STODDARD, Executive Director of Governance and Strategic Support Services, Edmonton Public Schools. Dr. Stoddard currently oversees the Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Policy Development and all Community Partnerships. Recently District Support Services, Student Information, FOIP, Records Management and Information Security, have been added to her portfolio.  Over the past 27 years, Sandra has worked as a Director of Executive and Board Relations, has been a principal of 4 schools as well as a principal in Executive Services and Student Achievement Services. She has been a consultant in Programming for Student Differences, where she charter as a psychologist as well as a consultant in Staff Performance within Human Resources. Sandra also was seconded to the Children and Youth Services’ Ministry for four years as a Senior Manager of Innovation and Improvement.

JEREMY HAUSER, Associate Superintendent for Operations Services for Clark County School District Jeremy Hauser has served Clark County District, the 5th largest district in the nation, for 29 years beginning in 1986. He began as a 4th grade elementary teacher, then moved on to become a special assignment teacher, assistant principal, principal (Matt Kelly Elementary School).  His passion and deep understanding for the work related to school empowerment lead to his appointment as Special Assistant to Deputy Superintendent to implement school empowerment district wide through the “Empowerment Schools” program.


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Pre-conference Survey Results

Post-Conference Survey Results