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State to host national education conference


More local teachers are able to attend a nationally recognized training conference because it’s being hosted in Hawaii for the first time.

Most of the teachers attending the AVID summer institute at the convention center in Honolulu this week are from Hawaii. AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination. The AVID certification process helps teachers prepare students for college and careers.

Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney says he’s grateful the conference is being held locally to make it easier and more affordable for Hawaii’s teachers to learn the latest strategies for improving student learning.

Organizers say more than 500 Hawaii educators flew to California and Texas to attend the program last year. This year, the number of Hawaii educators attending has tripled.

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