About PSHF

 The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation is a community-based non-profit organization founded in 1986 and dedicated to strengthening the quality of public education in Hawaii by innovation from within.  The Foundation seeks to improve school performance by supporting school-based initiatives for innovative classroom instruction.  It develops recognition and incentive programs that encourage those in public education to continually challenge themselves in pursuit of educational excellence.

The Foundation raises funds to benefit all students in all public schools in Hawaii.  Our Good Idea Grant Program encourages innovation and academic excellence in Hawaii’s public schools.  Mini-grants are awarded to teachers and schools for innovative instructional ideas that will improve student learning.  Over $4 million dollars in mini-grants have been awarded to date.

The Foundation also sponsors the attendance of public school teachers at the Design Thinking Hawaii Workshop.  Design Thinking is a student or customer based learning program developed by Stanford University, and it offers an intentional and collaborative action process to empower people and create impactful solutions.  The initial Design Thinking Hawaii Workshop was started in 2011 and impacted over 400 teachers, administrators, policy makers and innovation industry professionals.