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The Uehiro Academy co-sponsors event on Microdemocracy: A New Vision for Strengthening our Communities and our Democracy

The Uehiro Academy co-sponsors event on Microdemocracy: A New Vision for Strengthening our Communities and our Democracy

Luz Santana, co-founder of the Right Question Institute discussed how the “Right Question Strategy” that she and colleagues developed over the past two decades, can greatly increase the capacity of people in low-income communities to advocate for themselves and participate effectively in key decisions that affect them. A contributor to the Harvard education publishing blog, Luz will shared her own experiences navigating systems and facing challenges, as well stories from the field that inform the theory and practice of Microdemocracy and the Right Question Strategy.

This event was co-sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education, UHM Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, UHM Access–Advising, Community, and Civic Engagement in the Social Sciences, and Ceeds of Peace.

 

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p4cHI at the Schools of the Future Conference

p4cHI at the Schools of the Future Conference

Teachers and administrators from Hawaii’s public, private, charter and parochial schools will attend this conference to focus on how to best transform our existing schools and create new learning environments for the 21st Century. This collaborative event is presented by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, the Hawaii Department of Education and the Hawaii Community Foundation in partnership with the Pillars of Peace Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education to highlight the best practices that are taking place in our learning environments today and being planned for those of tomorrow. Here are the presentations that Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau and Dr. Chad Miller will be giving at the conference:

  • Thursday, October 26 from 10:30 – 11:30. How do I get Students to Experience Democracy? – Three Strategies for Cultivating and Nurturing Collaborative Civic Spaces and Inquiry in Social Studies Classrooms. Presented by Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau and Dr. Chad Miller.
  • Thursday, October 26 from 3:15 – 4:15. Globalization, Inquiry, & Empathy:  Cultivating and Nurturing Collaborative Civic Spaces by Dr. Jyoti Castillo and Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau.
  • Friday, October 27 from 11:30 – 12:30. What is the Future of Social Studies Education in Hawai‘i? The C3 Framework, Civic Action, and More! by Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau.

 

 

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p4cHI at National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

p4cHI at National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

The 97th NCSS Annual Conference will be held on November 17-19, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. This is the world’s largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. There will be more than 3,000 social studies educators who will share the most current knowledge, ideas, research, and expertise in social studies education. Here are the presentations that Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau will be giving at the conference:

  • Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:45pm-5:00pm, Room 2000: It’s Being Done in Social Studies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in the Pre/K-12 Curriculum. Session Chair: Lara Willox, University of West Georgia, Lara Willox, University of West Georgia; Cathy Brant, University of South Carolina; Jennie Burke, Millersville University; Andrea Libresco, Hofstra University; Bretton Varga, University of South Florida; Marie Byrd, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee; Michael Kopish, Ohio University; Eric Moffa, Washington and Lee University; Hillary Parkhouse, Virginia Commonwealth University; Amber Makaiau, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Institute for Teacher Education Secondary Program; Carly Muetterties, University of Kentucky
  • Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 2:15pm-3:30pm, Room 2008: Why Ethnic Studies Should Be A Requirement For High School Graduation. Amber Makaiau, University of Hawaii-Manoa; Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda, University of Hawaii-Manoa.
  • Friday, November 17, 4:45 – 5:45 pm, Room: 2003: Session #78: Ethnic Studies: Cultivating “Intellectually Safe” Communities of Inquiry and Empathy Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St., San Francisco. Amber Makaiau, University of Hawaii-Manoa.
  • Friday, November 17, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Room: 2003: 9:30-10:30 am Intercontinental Ballroom C. International Assembly presentation.  Noboru Tanaka, Gifu University and Amber Strong Makaiau, University of Hawaii-Manoa.
  • Saturday, November 18, 9:15 – 10:15 am, Room: 2008: Session #185: Globalization, Inquiry, and Empathy: Cultivating and Nurturing Collaborative Civic Spaces. Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St., San Francisco. Amber Strong Makaiau, University of Hawaii-Manoa.

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David Kaniaupio Provides p4cHI PD at St. Theresa School

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Below is a thoughtful reflection of David’s experience at St. Theresa School:

I was invited to give an introduction to p4c to the teachers of St. Theresa School, by the principal, Bernie Gora.  The goal of the presentation was to achieve two objectives. The first objective was to get the teachers to experience p4c as a student.  The second objective was to give the teachers a sense of what it would be like to implement it in their classrooms.  We began by discussing the importance of establishing community and created a community ball together.  This powerful experience was significant because it allowed the veteran teachers to get to know the new teachers better and also helped to establish an intellectually safe environment.  Following a couple of group activities designed to get teachers to come up with strategies to create a culture of intellectual safety, they learned about the Good Thinker’s Toolkit book.  We spent a lot of time breaking down the reasons for generating inquiry, and discussing ways to encourage elementary school aged children to question and wonder.  From here, we briefly touched on the pillars of p4c and were able to annotate each pillar within their respective groups.  The teachers were tasked to come up with discussion questions based off of their source material, and then shared one question they equally agreed upon to share with the other teachers.  We continued our day by viewing a short clip of an award winning elementary charter school in Georgia and what strategies their school uses to be successful.  The teachers were asked to come up discussion questions they wondered about as they were viewing the clip.  This allowed me the opportunity to showcase what a Plain Vanilla would like in their classrooms.  Each teacher was asked to write down one of their discussion questions on the dry erase board, and then we went around the room and let each person have two votes.  Once we came to a consensus, we formed a circle with our chairs and began a Plain Vanilla discussion using the community ball while maintaining an intellectually safe environment.  We ended our day with a wrap up of what they learned over the 2 day experience, and addressed any questions they had.  Overall, it was very successful, and I was pleased to see and hear numerous teachers working together and assisting each other through the entire experience.  Many of them mentioned how awesome p4c is, and they could not wait to introduce what they learned for their new students this upcoming year!

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