Data Summit

2022 Data Summit Webinar Series

Hawai‘i's Future: Guiding Strategies with Data

September 13, 2022 – October 26, 2022
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DateTimeSession Topics
September 13, 20229:00am – 10:00amOpening Panel
September 14, 20229:00am – 10:00amK-12
September 28, 20229:00am – 10:00amEarly Childhood
October 12, 20229:00am – 10:00am
10:30am – 11:30am
Workforce – CANCELLED
Special Interest (Advanced Placement)
October 26, 20229:00am – 10:00amPostsecondary


September 13, 2022: Leadership Opening Panel

Foundations for Hawai‘i’s Future

With efforts to recover from COVID-19 underway and a state election coming up, Hawai‘i State departments have embarked on strategic planning that will shape the next five years of the early education to workforce pipeline. A panel of representatives from the Executive Office on Early Learning, Hawai‘i State Department of Education, University of Hawai‘i, and the Workforce Development Council will describe their various strategic planning efforts and the importance of data in their process. Panelists will discuss the critical issues they are planning to address through their plans and provide information on how their plans may provide a path to a stronger, more resilient Hawai‘i.

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Yuuko Arikawa-Cross, Executive Office on Early Learning Director
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Yuuko Arikawa-Cross previously served as Principal of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School; she was appointed in 2018 following three years as the school’s Assistant Principal. She developed an inclusive Head-Start preschool on the school’s campus, the first in the school district to offer this opportunity to families. Mrs. Arikawa-Cross is viewed as an innovator within the complex area not only for this inclusion program but also for her collaboration in the design of a 100% distance learning option growing out of the demands of the pandemic. Her innovative nature was also recognized when she was invited to become a member of the second cohort of the Hawaii Innovator Leaders Network.

Keith T. Hayashi, Hawai‘i State Department of Education Superintendent
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Keith T. Hayashi is superintendent of the Hawai‘i public schools system, overseeing more than 160,000 students, 258 campuses and more than 40,000 employees. Hayashi’s 33-year career with the Department of Education spans the school, complex area and state level. He led Waipahu High School as principal since 2009, a position for which he received numerous awards, including Hawai‘i High School Principal of the Year and the collegiate Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. He is credited with pioneering the Early College program in Hawai‘i public schools and earned the distinction for Waipahu High as the state’s first nationally recognized wall-to-wall academy model school.

David Lassner, University of Hawai‘i President
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David Lassner is the 15th president of the University of Hawai‘i (UH). In that capacity he simultaneously leads the 10-campus UH system, the state’s sole provider of public post-secondary education, and Hawai‘i’s flagship research university, UH Mānoa.

Lassner has an ongoing focus: on helping more Hawai‘i residents earn college credentials including those who have historically been left behind; addressing critical areas of workforce shortage including education and health care; and strengthening the state’s economy by leveraging the UH research enterprise while creating more high-quality jobs through a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. He is also advancing UH’s commitments to sustainability and becoming a model indigenous-serving university.

Lassner began working at UH in information technology in 1977, eventually becoming UH’s first chief information officer and vice president for IT. He was appointed interim president in September 2013 and the “interim” was removed in June 2014. Lassner is also a member of the university’s cooperating graduate faculty and has taught both online and in-person in computer science, communications, business and education.

Cary Miyashiro, Workforce Development Council Member
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Cary Miyashiro is the President of Quad D Solutions LLC.  Quad D intersects knowledge and experience elevating learning opportunities to the highest level by applying real life experiences to acquired knowledge.  Cary is a member of the Workforce Development Council and the current Chair of the Sector Strategies and Career Pathway Committee.  He has spent the last 31 years assisting the Hawaii State Department of Education in various roles.

Harrison Kuranishi, Workforce Development Council Interim Director
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Harrison Kuranishi is the Interim Executive Director for the Workforce Development Council.  Harrison has 14 years of experience in Title I and Title III.  The Workforce Development Council is a 41-member advisory commission comprised of both public and private-sector representatives, who are selected by the Governor to serve in staggered 4-year terms based on their interest in and knowledge of workforce development programs in Hawaii and how to support economic development throughout the state.

September 14, 2022: K-12

Attendance Goes Down When You’re Not Around – A Look at Data and Strategies to Improve Student Attendance

Join us to take a look how the Hawai‘i Department of Education has been monitoring Educational Plan metrics data and strategies to improve student attendance and a deep dive into the ‘Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area’s journey through their attendance successes and challenges in the 2021-2022 school year.

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Travis Santos, Data Governance & Analysis Branch Interim Director, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
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Travis Santos serves as the Interim Director of the Data Governance & Analysis (DGA) branch within the Office of Strategy, Innovation, & Performance of the Hawai‘i State Department of Education.  DGA supports strategic department data initiatives including the Longitudinal Education Information (LEI) system, data quality, privacy & sharing, research, and public reporting which includes the Educational Plan Metrics.

Jill Genciana, Data Governance & Analysis Branch Institutional Analyst, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
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Jill Genciana, Institutional Analyst (TA), Data Quality Team, Data Governance & Analysis (DGA) Branch, Office of Strategy, Innovation, & Performance, Hawai‘i State Department of Education. The Data Quality Team supports the Department’s federal and state reporting requirements through planning, data validation, dashboard building, and processing external and internal requests for data.

Maureen Ikeda Evans, Student Services Branch Educational Specialist, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
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Maureen Ikeda Evans, Educational Specialist, Student Services Branch (SSB), Office of Student Support Services, Hawai‘i State Department of Education. SSB supports complex areas and schools with responsive leadership, guidance for the implementation of state and federal initiatives and programs, professional development, and evidence-based resources to address the physical health, behavioral, academic, social-emotional needs of all students.

Tumia Tuimavave, School Based Behavioral Health Human Services Professional, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
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Tumia Tuimavave, with School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH), is a Human Services Professional for the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) servicing the ‘Aiea Complex.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UH-Mānoa and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chaminade University. She supports schools in identifying and addressing barriers to attendance and assists schools with family support (identify family needs and provide them with, or refer them to resources and/or social agencies based on those needs).

Tricia Tamayose Okamura, Radford Complex School Renewal Specialist, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
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Tricia Tamayose Okamura is the Radford Complex School Renewal Specialist in the ‘Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area for the Hawai‘i State Department of Education. She supports complex schools with professional development, coordinates complex-wide efforts, and facilitates complex level meetings. At the complex area level, she is part of the team that supports schools in development of their comprehensive needs assessment and academic plan. She also serves as one of the complex area representatives for the Educational Plan Metrics.

Leilani Felipe, ‘Aiea Elementary School Student Services Coordinator, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
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Leilani Felipe serves as the Student Services Coordinator at ‘Aiea Elementary School.  As an educator, she has taught English Language Learners, special education, and general education at the elementary level for the Hawai‘i State Department of Education. With the help of the school’s Behavioral Health Specialist, she co-created the Giving Tree, a school closet with items to meet the needs of their homeless and low-income students and families.

Rory Vierra, ‘Aiea Complex School Renewal Specialist, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
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Rory Vierra is the ‘Aiea Complex School Renewal Specialist (SRS) in the ‘Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area for the Hawaii Department of Education. He supports complex area schools with both school level and complex area initiatives. Working together with the Radford and Moanalua SRSs, he also helps support schools in the district to address their critical need areas.

September 28, 2022: Early Childhood

Addressing Critical Issues for Early Childhood Educators in Hawai‘i: Compensation, Working Conditions, and Professional Advancement

Research has shown that a diverse well-prepared, well-supported, and well-compensated early care and education (ECE) workforce is the linchpin to positive outcomes for children from birth to kindergarten entry. However, compensation (wages, benefits, working conditions) for the workforce is not currently commensurate with the qualifications needed to provide high-quality early care and education. To address this, the Hawai‘i Early Childhood Educator Excellence and Equity (ECE3) Project commissioned the RAND Corporation to conduct a study of the current landscape of ECE workforce wages, benefits, working conditions, recruitment and turnover issues in the state of Hawai‘i. The study’s findings were based on existing and new data collected through interviews, focus groups, an online survey, and case studies. In addition, the final report identified policy options and a roadmap for future investments for the ECE workforce in Hawai‘i.

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Dr. Terry Lock, Hawai‘i Early Childhood Educator Excellence and Equity Project Director, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
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Dr. Terry Lock (Ed.D., Educational Practice, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa) is the director of the Hawai‘i Early Childhood Educator Excellence and Equity Project and an early childhood education teacher educator at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) College of Education. Dr. Lock has been working on early childhood systems at the local, state and national levels, with a focus on integrated workforce and professional learning for over four decades. Research interests include sociocultural perspectives of child development, play as pedagogy, family engagement and anti-bias education.
Dr. Lynn A. Karoly, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
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Dr. Lynn A. Karoly (Ph.D., Economics, Yale University) is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation with 33 years of experience whose research and policy analyses address issues related to human capital investments, social welfare policy, child and family well-being, economic disparities, and labor market behavior. For more than two decades, Dr. Karoly’s research has focused on ECE programs in the private and public sectors, including subsidized child care, Head Start, and publicly funded preK programs at the state and local levels.

October 12, 2022: Workforce – CANCELLED

Carpenters Career Connection Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Edmund Aczon will be presenting on the Carpenters Career Connection Pre-Apprenticeship Program.  This program is in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Education.  Career Connections was launched in the fall of 2017 as a pilot program with three public high schools participating.  Currently the program has 32 partner schools.  Skills level Certificates have been awarded to over 1,200 students.  The program allows the students to receive certifications and a six-week paid internship. 

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Edmund C. Aczon, Hawai‘i Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund Executive Director
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Edmund C. Aczon, Executive Director, leads the board of Trustees and the Honolulu Joint Apprenticeship and Training (JATC) Committee, with representation from partnering organizations, to oversee the Hawai‘i Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund (HCATF).

Aczon worked 13 years for Hawaiian Dredging & Construction Co. and started his own construction company, specializing in military contracts, in 1986. In 1995, he was named builder of the year by the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i and Filipino entrepreneur of the year by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce, and he received an award of excellence from the Small Business Administration.

October 12, 2022: Special Interest

Hawai‘i and the Advanced Placement Program

In this session, the Western Region College Board will go over Hawai‘i’s Advanced Placement (AP) results and conduct a deep dive into data related to the participation in AP. Information on new AP courses and other benefits that AP brings a college credit earning program will also be discussed.

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Mario Aguirre, Associate Director of the Western Region College Board
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Mario Aguirre, Associate Director of the Western Region College Board

October 26, 2022: Postsecondary

Career & Technical Education in Hawai‘i: Career Pathways 101

Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education (The State CTE Office as of July 1, 2021), will share an overview of Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) Career Pathways and the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges (UHCC) Career and Technical Education programs. The presentation will also discuss the reauthorization of the federal CTE act to improve academic, technical and employability skills of students in CTE programs of study, the Promising Credentials in Hawai‘i report, and Hawai‘i legislation aimed at getting better data on students earning industry recognized credentials.

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Warren Kawano, Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education Career Pathways and Strategy Director
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Warren Kawano is the Career Pathways Strategy Director at Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, which is also the Hawai‘i State CTE Office. In his role, he oversees Hawai‘i P-20’s career pathway initiatives in career pathway development and alignment, Early College, work-based learning, and counseling and advising as well as the implementation of Hawai‘i’s Perkins V Federal Grant that serves CTE programs in 42 public high schools and 7 UH community colleges. In his prior experiences, Warren served as a CTE teacher and Academy Director at Waipahu High School, Business Professor and Division Chair at Leeward Community College, and President of the Hawai‘i Association for Career and Technical Education (Hawai‘i ACTE).