This is historical material, "frozen in time." The web site is no longer updated and links to external web sites and some internal pages will not work.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor’s ESSA Team to host more than a thousand participants at Saturday’s summit

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and the Governor’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Team will host more than a thousand participants at the team’s first public conference, Saturday, July 9.

The governor and ESSA Team have invited students, teachers, principals, parents, education, business and community leaders as well as other interested stakeholders to the one-day summit at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

The conference will offer opportunities to learn about ESSA and current best practices from inspiring thought leaders, policy experts and education leaders.

Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of forums on key education topics and issues, as well as collaborate with others on innovative possibilities for a future-focused education system in Hawai‘i.

“The ESSA summit will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders who will not only learn about the opportunities that ESSA provides, they will engage in an exchange of ideas and robust discussion as we work together to create a blueprint for Hawai‘i’s public education system,” said Gov. Ige.

“We’ll hear from the state’s top education leaders and from national leaders in education.  But most importantly, we will hear from those who work closest to the classrooms and schools where teaching and learning take place – our students, teachers, principals, parents, and community members,” said Darrel Galera, ESSA Team chairman.

“As other states begin to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, they are looking to Hawai‘i as Gov. Ige gives every citizen a voice to help determine the future of their education system. The Governor’s ESSA Summit is the first step for Hawai‘i’s students, principals, parents and teachers to accelerate education innovation in every classroom,” said Stephen Parker, Legislative Director, National Governors Association.

The ESSA Team hopes the summit will lead to a shared vision for Hawai‘i’s public education, a deeper understanding of ESSA and a wide range of ideas and possibilities for a future focused public education system. The team also looks forward to collecting valuable input and feedback for preliminary design ideas as the team creates a blueprint for Hawai‘i’s education system.

Registration is required.

To register, go to


Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 8am to 3:30pm

Hawai‘i Convention Center


7:00     Registration

7:50     Opening

8:00     Welcome by Jade Raquel, Grade 11, McKinley High School

8:05     Welcome Message – DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi

8:10     Welcome Message –  BOE Chairperson Lance Mizumoto

8:15     ESSA Presentation –  U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Peter Oppenheim, Education Policy Director, and Lindsay Fryer, Education Policy


8:25     Summit Keynote – Governor David Ige

8:55     Summit Keynote – Ken Kay, EdLeader 21

9:55     ESSA Presentation – Lee Posey, National Conference of State Legislatures

10:10   BREAK

10:30   Concurrent Session #1 (choice of breakout session)

11:25   Concurrent Session #2 (choice of breakout session)

12:20   LUNCH

12:50   Concurrent Session #3 – Listening and Learning Session – collecting input and feedback

2:45     ESSA Message – Stephen Parker, National Governors Association

3:05     Closing Message –  First Lady Dawn Ige



Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]