David Y. Igé | Governor’s Office Press Release: Governor Ige Invests $ 8.1 Million in 31 Innovative Education Programs


Governor’s Office Press Release: Governor Ige Invests $ 8.1 Million in 31 Innovative Education Programs

Posted on August 4, 2021 in Latest News, Press Room, Press Releases

GEER beneficiaries by amount: https://governor.hawaii.gov/main/governors-emergency-education-relief-geer-awards-by-grant-amount/

GEER winners by name: https://governor.hawaii.gov/main/governors-emergency-education-relief-geer-awards-by-name/

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige has awarded 31 innovation grants totaling $ 8.1 million to schools, colleges and other educational entities in the state as part of the Emergency Relief Fund for the education (GEER) of the governor.

Prices range from $ 100,000 to $ 450,000. Projects are scheduled to run through June 30, 2022 and encompass STEM education, project-based learning opportunities, and leadership development programs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is changing Hawai’i, and every sector must reinvent itself for the post-COVID environment, including education. The GEER winners represent a wide range of programs that meet unprecedented pandemic needs and support the dreams and aspirations of every student, ”Governor Ige said.

“GEER funds will enable students at 25 public high schools to use design thinking to work with vulnerable small businesses and nonprofits on developing COVID-19 response strategies,” said Edison Chong, coordinator of the Hawaii Academies Consortium of Schools and winner of an innovation grant. “This is an investment in educating students and our future workforce while serving local businesses and community organizations affected by the pandemic.”

The GEER Innovation Grants program was developed and implemented in coordination with the Governor’s Emergency Relief Education Advisory Group, which is made up of education officials from public, private and private schools. Hawaii charter.

Applicants were required to submit a proposal addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on school services, including, among others:

  • Measurable objectives and indicators
  • Evidence-based practices and / or innovative strategies
  • Enabling actions and estimated timeframes
  • Staff, budget and other resource information

Selection criteria included collaboration and problem solving for an innovative mindset and global impact.

“It’s truly inspiring to see Hawaii’s visionary educators and school teams striving to build bridges and help find creative solutions amidst unpredictability and uncertainty,” said Darrel Hawaii Center for Instructional Leadership Galera and GEER Advisory Group Member. “Their anticipation and visualization of a better future for our students will inspire them and others to make their dreams come true. “

The state received $ 4.4 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriation Act (CRRSA), in addition to the $ 9 million received in GEER funds through the Act. coronavirus aid, relief and economic security (CARES Act), doubling the amount of funding available. for the innovation grants program.

Earlier this year, $ 5 million in GEER funds were awarded to the State of Hawaii through the CARES Act, the first of which went to the University of Hawai’i to create the Distance Learning Teacher Academy (Hawai’i Online Portal for Education). The UH received an additional $ 600,000 to develop the College Transition Program (Next Steps to Your Future) for public high school students whose college career plans were impacted by the pandemic in 2020-2021.


Media contact:

Cindy mcmillan

Director of Communications

Governor’s office

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

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