Hawaii Board of Education Approves Teacher Pay Proposal

usnews | December 07, 2019

THE Hawaii Board of Education approved a proposal to increase the pay of classroom teachers in hard-to-staff locations on the Big Island to combat a continuing statewide teacher shortage, officials said. The state Board of Education approved a plan Thursday calling for pay raises ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 for educators teaching in geographically hard-to-staff schools across Hawaii Island, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday. Under the new plan, Keaau and Pahoa teachers would continue to earn a $3,000 differential, Kealakehe, Kohala and Konawaena teachers would earn an additional $5,000, and Honokaa and Ka‘u teachers would earn $7,500, officials said.

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Have you been hearing the words “rapid eLearning” very often off late? So, what exactly does it mean and why should we care? Earlier, traditional methods were followed for eLearning design and development, and this took a long time. With rapid eLearning development, the time required for developing an online course is cut down by at least 40%.But that aside, what about the quality? Are you wondering if “rapid” can still deliver instructionally sound, robust eLearning courses? Whether rapid development can be used for customized courses or if it works only for very basic off-the-shelf kind of courses?

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Have you been hearing the words “rapid eLearning” very often off late? So, what exactly does it mean and why should we care? Earlier, traditional methods were followed for eLearning design and development, and this took a long time. With rapid eLearning development, the time required for developing an online course is cut down by at least 40%.But that aside, what about the quality? Are you wondering if “rapid” can still deliver instructionally sound, robust eLearning courses? Whether rapid development can be used for customized courses or if it works only for very basic off-the-shelf kind of courses?

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