Pihana Nā Mamo is a Native Hawaiian Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education through a federal grant awarded to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a subcontract to the Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE). This program delivers educational services to children and youth of Hawaiian ancestry that results in improved outcomes. The program promotes numerous positive, varied and mutually supportive opportunities, experiences and partnerships with the school, family and community so that students are rooted in their culture, are contributing members of society, and empowered to set and pursue their goals.
This three-year project is a cooperative effort between the Hawaii Department of Education and
the University of Hawaii’s Curriculum Research and Development Group (UH CRDG) designed
to work with eleven elementary schools and school communities that serve a high percentage of
Native Hawaiian students to improve pre-K to grade 3 reading skills in students.
The project has three major objectives:
- Continue to implement school-wide reading programs at 11 schools through an RTI framework for Grades K-3 that includes universal screening, early intervention to ensure that students are on target to meet grade proficiency levels, multi-tiered supports to reach all students, targeted instruction for struggling students, and data systems to make needed instructional adjustments
- Provide supports for students in need of strategic supports (Tier 2) in reading
- Develop family and community activities and resource materials to support the development of early literacy skills