Support multilingual education in Hawaii

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​The Hawaii Board of Education (BOE) will be searching for a new  superintendent for the Department of Education (DOE). Dr. Patricia Halagao, a colleague in UH Manoaʻs College of Education has been invited to serve on the 11-member Advisory Group to support the Search Committee in the selection and hiring process. Patricia has been actively leading the community advocacy efforts to add policies, resources, personnel to DOEʻs structure to support English Language Learners (ELL), multilingual education, and bi-literacy programs.

​2-Minute Action: Please help support the children in Hawaiʻi who speak a language other than English by taking less than 2 minutes. The BOE has released an online survey to gather public input into the characteristics of the new superintendent. Please click here to access the short survey where you can check off 9 of 22 characteristics. If you can please help us add in the comments section something about the need for the new superintendent to be knowledgeable, supportive, or engaged in issues related to English learners, multilingualism, and bi-literacy initiatives. The survey is open until February 27, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

If you need help or encounter problems, please visit the BOE’s site:  http://boe.hawaii.gov/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Vid Raatior
Vid is the founder of Raatior Ventures. He is an educator by training and a social entrepreneur by vocation. Originally from Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Vid lives in Hilo, Hawaii, works at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, attends UH Manoa, and is the founder of a number of Pacific focused initiatives. Previously, he served for over 10 years at Santa Clara University, 5 years as a teacher and Assistant Director at Xavier High School in Micronesia.