DOE program seeks leaders to groom

| November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hawaii Department of Education
News Release



HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education, or DOE, in collaboration with Chaminade University and School Turnaround, is launching its recruitment efforts for the second year of a pilot program aimed at creating an alternative pathway to administration.

The Alternative Certification for School Administrator Program is funded by the state’s Race to the Top initiative and provides exceptional applicants with high leadership potential the chance to earn certification as a school administrator.

While employed by the DOE, candidates will gain experience as a vice principal during their residency period.

“Our first year recruitment efforts were very encouraging,” said Douglas Murata, assistant superintendent for the DOE Office of Human Resources. “We were able to start our pilot program with six highly qualified candidates.”

The ideal candidate holds a master’s degree and has successfully served in a leadership, supervisory or managerial position for three or more years. Examples include military service, private sector management or talented educators serving as a curriculum lead within a school.

To earn certification, candidates must successfully complete 1) a one year residency, 2) seven courses of required university coursework, 3) all program projects and training sessions, and 4) satisfactory completion of the probation period in accordance with collective bargaining and the school administrator evaluation.

Upon satisfactory completion of the initial residency year, the candidate is eligible to apply for vacant vice principal positions. Participating candidates commit to serve in a DOE public school for a period of three years upon successful completion of the residency year and receipt of the Initial School Administrator Certificate, or ISAC-P.

This alternative route to certification program provides the following:
•Candidates without teaching or school-level administrative experience with credentials, the opportunity to pursue certification and a career in school administration.
•Authentic job-embedded experience as a vice principal upon the candidate’s acceptance into the program.
•Educational Leadership Program courses delivered by faculty from Chaminade University and School Turnaround, with a specific focus on instructional leadership and leading school improvement.
•Coaching by skilled mentors throughout the first year to help candidates apply the learned concepts and skills.

Interested candidates are encouraged to attend informational sessions, which will be conducted at Chaminade University.

DOE School Administrator Program

A community information program on the Alternative Certification Program will be conducted, 6-7 p.m., Nov. 26, at Chaminade University, Henry Hall, Room 107.

For program details, visit the Alternative Certification for School Administrator Program website at

Application deadline is Jan. 18, 2013 (postmarked). Interested applicants may email program director Katherine Kawaguchi at, or call 739-8540 for more details.


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