November 2016 Inspire

16-Nov-2016

Inspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: The Kapa‘a Way drives a major transformation in student learning and supports, Kaiser High welcomes Hokkaido Schools, Fulbright teacher Johnna Jacobsen of Mililani Mauka encourages teachers to apply for educational ambassadorships, the crucial supports of the New Principal Academy, Farrington students team with the World Surfing League, Wa‘a Talks and more.

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NOVEMBER 2016

The Kapa‘a Way
The Kapa‘a Way delivers
Shortly after Principal Daniel Hamada took the helm at Kapa‘a High in 2010, he put into place a structure for the school called “The Kapa‘a Way​.” It has a foundation that supports 9th graders in their high school transition, followed by a ladder of skills-focused supports and opportunities designed to help students reach their college, career and community aspirations. The design is simple, and Hamada is fond of saying, “This isn’t rocket science.” But it’s producing rocket-propulsion-style results. STORY  

KAISER HIGH HOSTS CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH HOKKAIDO
Kaiser High welcomed more than 300 students from Hokkaido Sapporo Intercultural & Technological High School for a day of musical performances, speeches and traditional Japanese dance demonstrations. STORY  

FULBRIGHT TEACHER REFLECTS ON TIME AS ED AMBASSADOR
Mililani Mauka teacher Johnna Jacobsen served as an educational ambassador over the summer through the Fulbright-Hays Cultural and Educational Seminar in Peru, and encourages other teachers to take advantage of the opportunity. STORY  

NEW PRINCIPAL ACADEMY 'A LIFELINE'
King Kekaulike Principal Mark Elliott reflects on the crucial supports provided by the state's leadership development pipeline in a recent Education Update. "We explored and analyzed real-time challenges leading to valuable, shared insight." STORY  

JUMPING IN: TEACHER LEADERSHIP INVOLVES TAKING RISKS
SPED teacher Michael Kline of Kilauea Elementary invites teachers on the fantastic "ride" of teacher leadership. "Teachers can experience the freedom, the creativity, when we lead in our schools, our districts, state and country." STORY  

FARRINGTON STUDENTS GAIN CAREER SKILLS VIA SURF INDUSTRY
The World Surfing League teamed up with students in Farrington High's Business Academy. The students, studying the sports industry arm of business, worked with the WSL on hosting a promotional event.​ STORY  

CONNECTING EDUCATORS TO MALAMA HONUA VIA WA‘A TALKS
The gatherings, aligned to the worldwide voyage of the Hokule'a and designed to catalyze learning and issues around the theme of Malama Honua (to care for the Earth), are entering their third year. Two more will be held this school year.​ STORY  

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