What is HPIRC?
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Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) are funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, to implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and that strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the education needs of children.
HPIRC, or the Hawaii Parent Information Resource Center is a partnership of not-for-profit family centers, the Hawaii Department of Education (HDOE), and targeted schools on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Molokai. We aim to enrich the education of our children by strengthening the relationship between the school and family.
To increase parent involvement in their children’s education to improve academic achievement and to strengthen school-family-community partnerships in meeting children’s educational needs.
Core services and activities
Some of our core services include:
- Information, Support and Referral
- Parenting Classes and Support Groups
- Joint Trainings, Projects and Activities for Parents, School Staff and Community
- Training and Technical Assistance to the Department of Education
Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
HPIRC helps shape parent involvement policy and practice statewide, thus impacting parents, and therefore student achievement, statewide. HPIRC partners with the HDOE on activities such as creating easy-to-understand materials for parents, including materials developed on state accountability, highly qualified teacher notification, supplemental educational services, and public school choice. The breadth and depth of outreach promotes equitable access to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) resources and opportunities for all parents.
HPIRC provides training and technical assistance to schools and districts as part of the HDOE training team. Parent involvement is incorporated into school improvement efforts, based on National Networks of Partnership Schools (NNPS) best practices.
HPIRC maintains its statewide outreach through connectivity across the state. HPIRC’s website and parent involvers’ e-newsletter provide information and referral, resources, and links to HPIRC sites, state and national websites, and other organizations that provide research and access to information on family involvement. This element is important in a state of islands where lack of physical access can be a barrier to receiving equitable services.
Who is HPIRC?
Hawaii Parent Information Resource Center(HPIRC) is a partnership of not-for-profit family centers, the Hawaii Department of Education (HDOE), and targeted schools on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Molokai. Together with our State PIRC Board, Advisory Council, and Evaluator, we strive to meet the needs of our diverse island state.
- State of Hawaii Department of Education
- KPT Family Center
- Kaneohe Community Family Center
- KEY Project
- Kealakehe Parent Center
- Family Services Center of West Hawaii
State PIRC Board
Parents And Children Together (PACT), the fiscal agent for the grant, serves as the Board of Directors of the HPIRC Program.
Special Advisory Committees
The HPIRC Advisory Council is currently being convened. It will include Sharon Nakagawa, the State Title I Director, and Joy Bounds, State PTSA President, along with other partners, educational personnel, and parent representatives.
Pacific Resources in Education and Learning (PREL) www.prel.org
Where is HPIRC?
Hawaii’s geography is unique in that it is an island state, with schools located across seven islands. There are currently 7 HPIRC sites throughout the state, each working uniquely their school districts and communities to meet specific challenges of Hawaii's diverse groups.