Education Institute of Hawaii
An Independent Catalyst for Improving Public Education in Hawaii
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2017 Hawaii School Empowerment Conference opening remarks, keynote speaker presentations and breakout sessions can now be viewed as YouTube videos:

“My vision is ... future-focused empowered school communities that inspire innovation, creativity, and leadership in a healthy and safe learning environment.”
— Governor David Ige, Hawaii Education Summit [July 6, 2016]


The 3nd Annual Hawaii School Empowerment Conference, “Leading, Teaching, and Learning in the Age of Innovation”, was held on Saturday, January 20, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center.   

Opening welcome messages were delivered by Governor David Ige and Board of Education Chairperson, Lance Mizumoto.   

Featured keynote speakers include:

  • Tony Wagner – “Creating Innovators”

  • Sandra Herbst – “Keeping Students as the Center”

There will also be breakout sessions throughout the day for discussion of public education in Hawaii.

Tony Wagner, currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to these appointments, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.

Sandra Herbst, is a noted system leader author, speaker, and consultant with over 20 years of experience in education. Sandra has facilitated professional learning in schools, districts, and organizations across North America in the areas of leadership, curriculum development, instruction, assessments, and evaluation.

About the Education Institute of Hawaii: What We Want to Accomplish

The Education Institute of Hawaii seeks to transform public education through school empowerment. 

  • An empowered school is one with a visionary leader who encourages creativity, collaboration and risk-taking to achieve common goals. With empowerment comes accountability and responsibility for student success.

  • We want empowered principals and teachers in creative, collaborative, innovative schools where students thrive and excel, and common goals are achieved.

  • EIH is a catalyst for school transformation. The current top-down, one size fits all system of public education is broken. We believe that each school community should have the power, resources and responsibility to ensure that students thrive.

  • We want to transform the philosophy and approach to leadership at every level in the public school system.

  • EIH believes that lasting change in public education comes only when schools and communities together take full ownership for creating excellence in teaching and learning.

  • EIH believes that it is important to put student assessment in the proper perspective.

  • EIH believe in more transparency in education.

Conference Sponsorship:  This 3rd Annual School Empowerment Conference is presented by the Education Institute of Hawaii (HEI) in partnership with the Hawaii Center for Instructional Leadership.  The conference is made possible by a generous grant from the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation.

Cost of Conference:  The cost of this conference is only $75.00 and it covers breakfast, lunch, and parking.  Payment options:

  • Credit card or charge card

  • Check payable to “Education Institute of Hawaii”

  • DOE purchase order to “Hawaii Center for Instructional Leadership” (P.O. Box 30483, Honolulu, Hawaii 96820) (Hawaii DOE Vendor ID # 145982)