Darrel Galera is the founder and President of the Hawaii Center for Instructional Leadership. HCIL is focused on providing instructional leadership development and support for school principals, vice principals, teacher leaders, and school leadership teams. The HCIL incorporates the use of effective research based practices combined with a deep understanding of the unique context and specific challenges facing school principals and teachers.
HCIL provides the following services for public, private, and charter schools and their leaders and teachers:
Gallup Certified Strengths-Based Coaching for leaders and teams
Mentoring and coaching for vice principals aspiring to become principals & instructional leaders
Systems analysis of school systems, processes, structures, and operations
Consultant support for developing school strategic, tactical, and adaptive plans
Professional development for change leadership & school transformation
Schoolwide professional development planning & implementation for success
Before retiring from the Hawaii Department of Education in January 2014, Darrel Galera was principal of Moanalua High School for 13 years from 2000 to 2013. He also served as high school social studies teacher, a vice principal (Washington Middle, Radford High, and Moanalua High), school principal at King Intermediate and Aiea Elementary, advanced technology state educational specialist, and Deputy District Superintendent. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and Masters in Education Administration degree from the University of Hawaii. He was the Chairperson for the Hawaii High School Forum from 2007 to 2014 and was Hawaii’s 2010 National Distinguished High School Principal of the Year.
He served as the Executive Director for the Education Institute of Hawaii, a non-profit research “think tank” for improving public education in Hawaii from 2014 to 2016. He was selected as the Chairperson for the Governor’s Every Student Succeeds Act Task Force in April 2016 and was appointed to the Hawaii State Board of Education in October 2016, where he served until March 2017.