Every Student Belongs. Every Student Achieves.

Welcome to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) Inclusive Education website. This site reinforces the work we do for children with disabilities, guided by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the conviction that all students have access to rigorous, effective instruction. 

This website provides specific information for teachers and administrators on Inclusive Education Standards of Practice for students with disabilities, as well as resource materials and tools that will assist schools in realizing an inclusive school community.  

These resources are designed to provide all staff with the opportunity to rethink how services are delivered to students so they all feel supported to achieve their aspirations.

Our Why

Belief Statement

The HIDOE embraces a culture of Inclusive Education where all students are accepted members of their school community, where students with disabilities have equal access to and successfully engage in the same educational environment and learning opportunities as their non-disabled peers.

Inclusive education and practices are being realized across the state through the HIDOE Hui Pu Project which supports complex areas (CA) and schools in rethinking program design around student opportunities, expectations, and student-centered decision making. The Hui Pu Project has been rolled out in two phases.  The first phase (School Years 17-18,18-19) included intensive support provided by Stetson and Associates for 50 targeted schools and their CA partners.  The second phase (School Years 19-20 - present) is intended to scale practices across all schools in the HIDOE to ensure all our students are fully integrated into their school and community.


Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) has partnered with Stetson and Associates to create demonstration sites highlighting exemplary Inclusive Practices occurring across the state.  Demonstration sites will allow individual schools to share their journey to becoming more inclusive with other educators across the Hawaiian islands.

The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE), in conjunction with Professional Development Educational Research Institute (PEDRI), and Stetson and Associates are working jointly to support the aspiring administrators in the Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HCISL) program.

Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) has partnered with Stetson and Associates to mentor and guide complex area (CA) leaders across the state in becoming certified Step by Step trainers.

Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) partnered with Stetson and Associates to conduct a statewide Inclusive Practices Virtual Conference December 7-9, 2021. Below you will find the link to the recorded conference sessions and resources shared.

Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) has partnered with Stetson and Associates and our parent and community partners to create three Family Engagement training modules.

Additional Inclusive Practices learning opportunities can be found on PDE3. Please feel free to register for the courses linked below.

The Inclusive Education Standards of Practice tool provides a research-based foundation for inclusive education in our schools. The quality indicators outlined for each standard further define expectations and practices. 

Models of Supports ensure staffing and scheduling decisions are based solely on the needs of individual students through an objective, student-centered process.  Advance, In Class and Specialized Supports guide the work.

Additional Online Resources

Distance Learning Resources

Inclusion Resources

Differentiated Instruction

Collaborative Teaching


For information, contact Krysta Salon, Educational Specialist, Exceptional Support Branch, at Krysta.Salon@k12.hi.us or 808-690-0651.

Editor's Note: This website primarily contains accessible content vetted by our team of specialists in collaboration with Stetson & Associates. However, some assets which are proprietary or licensed are linked to our staff intranet, which only authenticated staff can access. Learn more about the HIDOE's website and intranet here.