What is ECET2?
ECET2 stands for Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers. It was born out of a desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and to celebrate the teaching profession. Inspired by the national convening and made possible by the generous support of various partners, Hawai'i is excited to again host this inspirational and dynamic weekend for teachers. This year we are excited to feature regional conferences to further strengthen collaboration, deepen community partnerships, and sustain the movement of empowering educators.
ECET2.HI focuses on creating an experience that reflects the below values:
Nurturing trust among teachers
Focusing on each teacher’s potential for growth
Inspiring both the intellect and the passion that drives teachers in their work
Providing time for collaboration and learning
Putting teachers in the lead
Recognizing teachers as talented professionals
Our ECET2 History
In February 2016, a small group of teachers organized Oahu's first statewide ECET2 event that brought together 90 teachers from all islands. They were elevated by teacher keynote speakers, teacher-led breakout sessions, and colleague circles, and were celebrated with an evening event at the Governor's Mansion.
In 2017, our ECET2 statewide convening grew to 100 teachers. At the end of the convening, the teachers were asked what they would "bring back" to their school communities. 5 groups of teachers (from Kauai, Molokai, Honolulu, West Hawaii, and Campbell Kapolei) decided then and there to bring the ECET2 movement back to their own communities.
2018 saw 5 Hawai'i regional ECET2 events come to life. Over 350 total teachers attended the events on West Hawaii, Oahu, Molokai, and Kauai.
In past years, the generous support of community individuals and companies made our ECET2 weekends ones that our teachers will always remember. If you are interested in continuing to support education in Hawai'i by providing this high quality professional development for teachers, visit the below link to find out how you can get involved.
I also appreciated how community businesses supported ECET2.HI. It made me realize that we are valued and not in this work alone." ~ Participant of ECET2.HI