Hawai‘i Education Research Network

HERN facilitates research-practice partnerships between the College of Education and the Hawai‘i Department of Education to make meaningful changes for Hawai‘i’s students.

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Get involved

Engage in collaborative research to address real-word problems

“Participating in HERN has strengthened the connections between my research and the real-world opportunities and challenges unfolding in public schools.”

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Dan Hoffman
Associate Professor
Learning Design and Technology

“HERN has allowed us to work in concert with experts to answer an important question that has the potential to positively impact outcomes for Hawai‘i students.”

petra schatz

Petra Schatz
Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant Coordinator
Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design

“HERN has allowed me to form relationships with practitioners that have been invaluable as a researcher and educator.”

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Jessica Chillingworth
Doctoral student
Learning Design and Technology

Featured partnerships

HERN has facilitated 18 successful partnerships employing 21 COE graduate students as HERN fellows.


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Computer Science Education in Hawai’i Public Schools

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Brett Tanaka (HIDOE)
Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design

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Dan Hoffman (COE)
Learning Design and Technology

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Jessica Chillingworth (COE)
Learning Design and Technology

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Effective Academic Practices: Formative Instruction

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Vehia Goo (HIDOE)
Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design

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Stacey Potes (COE)
School of Teacher Education

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Patricia Grillet (COE)
Educational Foundations