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Our Management Team

Ho`okāko`o's schools are overseen by a management team of individuals who are skilled in various areas of educational leadership and management.  The team provides support in all areas of charter management, including organizational development, human resources, fundraising and budget and accounting.  The staff's expertise, resources and experience in charter school management enable our schools to operate more efficiently and our school leaders and teachers focus on what's important: providing a high-quality educational experience for the children and young people in our Native Hawaiian communities.

Educational Leadership and Governance

Conducts a Systems and Organizational Audit (SOA) of school systems, structures, and operations and provide findings and recommendations for school redesign and ELT.


Facilitate leadership planning sessions, using findings and recommendations of SOA to develop comprehensive school redesign plans, including ELT, for 21st Century student achievement and learning.


Provide intensive, on-site leadership support for the implementation of school redesign plans.


Facilitate development and implementation of data-driven accountability system for the continuous improvement of school redesign initiatives, including an external evaluation of progress and impact.


Facilitate agreement with key stakeholders to:

  • Ensure that principal and school has sufficient operational flexibility to implement comprehensive school redesign 

  • Define the governance and accountability arrangement between schools and the SEA, LEA and/or Superintendent

  • Ensure that the school receives, ongoing, intensive technical assistance and related support from the LEA, SEA, and/or designated external lead partner organization


Manage a resource inventory  of service providers, trainers and consultants with expertise to facilitate implementation of all aspects of comprehensive school redesign, including: (a) leadership and governance, (b) curriculum, instruction and assessment, (c) student support services; (d) human resource management; (e) organizational development; (f) communication and marketing and (g) finance and resource management. 


Benefits of Service

  • Quality school redesign plans that result in student achievement and success

  • A system of leadership support that ensures the effective and efficient implementation of school redesign plans

  • An evaluation and accountability system that results in continuous improvements in school and student success

Instructional Leadership

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA)

Coordinate on-site support for the development and use of a system of curriculum maps, pacing guides, lesson planning templates, and instructional practices that are research-based, aligned with State academic standards and "vertically aligned" from across grade levels.


Coordinate on-site support for the development and use of a system of formative, summative and classroom assessments that inform teaching and learning.


Provide support for design and implementation of a data portal system for the use of data to improve school curriculum, instruction and assessment practices.


Conduct periodic reviews to ensure that school CIA programs and classroom practices are being implemented with fidelity, are having the intended impact on student achievement, and are being modified and improved as necessary.


Provide assistance in the design and use of integrated technology-based supports and interventions as part of school programs for curriculum, instruction, and assessment.


Benefits of Services

A research-based system of 21st Century teaching and learning that:

  • Is aligned with State academic standards and vertically aligned across grade levels

  • Builds on students responsibility to self, family, and community

  • Emphasizes authentic application of knowledge and skills

  • Includes assessments that emphasize high expectations, continuous improvement, diligent effort and individual and collective achievement

  • Community partnerships, mentorship and family involvement that increase resources and learning support for students

Human Resource Management

Coordinate and support implementation of a human resource management system for the recruitment, selection, induction and mentoring of principals, teachers and staff for schools implementing ELT school redesign


Negotiate collective bargaining contracts that establish working conditions, compensation, training and support for principals, teachers, and staff to implement expanded learning time models


Support development and use of rigorous, equitable and transparent evaluation systems that support the professional growth and performance of principals and teachers


Facilitate the design and implementation of change leadership and professional development programs that:

  • Ensures that principals, teachers and staff are provided with ongoing, high-quality, job-embedded professional development

  • Is aligned with the school's comprehensive program for organizational change and teaching and learning

  • Is designed with input from principals, teachers and staff to ensure they are equipped to lead change and facilitate teaching and learning that successfully  implements school redesign strategies

  • Measures changes in practices resulting from professional development

  • Supports professional collaboration and learning communities, career development and succession planning for principals, teachers and staff


Facilitate the design and implementation of incentive and reward strategies that reward school leaders, teachers, and other staff who have increased student achievement, including but not limited to:

  • Financial incentives

  • Increased opportunities for promotion and career growth

  • More flexible work conditions

  • Additional compensation to attract and retain staff with the skills necessary to meet the needs of the students


Benefits of Services

  • A human resource management system that integrates and aligns competency models for employees, strategies for recruitment and selection, and programs for induction, mentoring, professional development, and performance evaluations

  • Each employee understands how his/her position contributes to the goals and objectives of the organization

  • Employees understand how performance levels are aligned with organizational objectives, and their individual strengths and areas of improvement

  • All personnel are given support and guidance to improve on their performance levels

  • All personnel receive and are satisfied with the feedback they receive from performance evaluations and understand the linkage of their performance to the overall goals and objectives of the organization

  • The performance appraisal system is used to plan the organization's professional development programs for personnel

  • The community is confident that the organization maintains and supports high performance expectations for personnel

Student Support Services

Facilitate the development of partnerships with parents and parent organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, health clinics, other State or local agencies, and others to create safe school environments that address students' social, emotional, academic and health needs.


Facilitate implementation of approaches to improve school climate and discipline, including a system of positive behavioral supports and strategies to eliminate bullying and student harassment.


Benefits of Services

A system of support services that promote the social, emotional, mental, physical and academic success and well-being of children, youth and young adults.

Organizational Structures and Operations

P-20 Expanded Learning Time

  • Facilitate leadership sessions, using data on student achievement and current use of school time, to develop expanded learning time design plans for P through 20 education that:

    • significantly improve student achievement;

    • provide more effective teacher collaboration, planning, and professional development; and

    • increase student engagement through enhanced enrichment opportunities

  • Facilitate buy-in and commitment for an expanded and redesigned school day from key constituencies at the district and school level

  • Provide on-site coaching for the school principal and school design team as well as state/district leaders to support and assist with implementation of the ELT design plan


Early Childhood and Pre-K Learning Programs

Elementary Schools

Facilitate the development and implementation of design plans for early childhood, pre-K and elementary programs that ensure the social, emotional, mental and academic success of children, including the design of P-5 systems for curriculum, instruction and assessment


Middle and Secondary Schools

Facilitate the design and implementation of secondary and post-secondary connection plans and programs that:

  • Support all students to enroll in advanced coursework, early-college high schools, dual enrollment programs, or learning academies that prepare students for college and careers

  • Improve student transition from middle to high school through transition programs

  • Increase graduation rates through credit-recovery programs, re-engagement strategies, competency-based assessments and acceleration of reading and mathematics skills

  • Establish early-warning systems to identify and support students who may be at risk of failing to achieve to high standards or graduate.


Benefits of Services

  • Organizational structures and operations support quality teaching and high standards for student achievement and learning

  • Organizational structures set forth clearly defined roles and responsibilities for employees and processes for the efficient and effective implementation of school redesign plans

  • Organizational policies, procedures and rules are aligned with and support student achievement and learning

Finance and Resource Management

Assist in negotiation of a per-pupil school-based budget that is weighted based on school and student needs that supports school design plans.


Assist in the development of a school finance and resource management system, including but not limited to:

  • School budgets that integrate and align funding streams and personnel position with goals of school design and strategic plans

  • Monitors, reports and uses finance and budget information to measure cost-benefit of school programs


Provide support on the procurement of services and products for the implementation of school design plans


Benefits of Services

  • The management and utilization of resources is aligned with organizational goals and objectives

  • Human resources are allocated and assigned for effective program implementation

  • School programs and projects are tracked and monitored for results and continuous improvement

Communicaton and Marketing

Assist schools in the development of community partnerships and programs that support student learning and achievement, including but not limited to:

  • Work-based internships

  • Community service and service learning opportunities

  • Project-based learning opportunities


Assist schools in the development of mechanisms for family and community engagement.  Including but not limited to:

  • Parenting classes

  • Parent literacy and learning workshops

  • Community networking forums and conferences

  • Access to school improvement information and accountability processes


Benefits of Services

  • Diverse and sustained community partnerships that support its vision and programs

  • Broad based parent and family support for and participation in its programs for children and youth

  • Diverse and sustained donations of time and resources for its programs and services

  • Broad based community understanding about its vision, goals and programs

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