On December 2-4. 2016, Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau will lead a workshop at the National Council for Social Studies Annual conference. She ill ask participants to think about how they can get students to experience democracy by providing three strategies for cultivating and nurturing collaborative civic spaces and inquiry in their social studies classrooms. For more information about the conference click here: http://www.socialstudies.org/conference
The Friends of the East-West Center, the East-West Center, and the Uehiro Academy will be running a half-day educational experience for public elementary school students designed to promote international education and introduce participants to the purpose of the East-West Center. This interactive learning trip will provide students and teachers with the opportunity to practice Dimension One of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, “Developing Questions,” as they engage in a number of hands on activities, including a p4cHI Good Thinker’s Tool Kit Session.
Faculty of the Uehiro Academy and p4cHI teachers from a number of p4cHI model and partner schools will be presenting at the 2016 Schools of the Future Converence, which will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on October 20 and 21. See this link for more information: http://sotfconf.org/
The purpose of the challenge was to support and reward social studies educators using the Inquiry Design Model™ (IDM). The challenge was co-sponsored by C3 Teachers and the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI) Collaborative, which is part of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
This national prize is really a testament to all of the hard work that the Kailua High School social studies department of which the academy’s Dr. Amber S. Makaiau was a part, the University of Hawaii ITE Secondary Program, and the Hawaii National Geographic Alliance put into planning and carrying out the C3 BioBlitz inquiry with Kailua High School students last May. It is a true acknowledgement that what they are doing with the social studies curriculum and instruction is not only on the right path, but leading the way for other educators in our nation.
The prize included a $500 cash prize as well as a feature of their inquiry on the C3 Teachers website!
In September of 2016, a group of educators from Taiwan will have the opportunity to learn about p4cHI in Hawai’i. While they are in Hawai’i the delegation will have opportunities to visit each of the p4cHI model schools, teach p4cHI lessons, and engage in professional community of inquiry with Uehiro Faculty members and p4cHI practitioners.
In August of 2016, a group of educators from Japan will have the opportunity to learn about p4cHI in Hawai’i. While they are in Hawai’i, the delegation will have opportunities to visit each of the p4cHI model schools, teach p4cHI lessons, and engage in professional community of inquiry with Uehiro Faculty members and p4cHI practitioners.
In August of 2016, a team of p4cHI researchers and practitioners will begin the second phase of their international journaling and self-study project. The purpose of the project is to oinvestigate the following research question:
What leads to a pre-service/in-service teacher’s ability to truly plan and implement “inquiry” in their classroom? Is there a common developmental pathway that most teachers go through on their journey to understand and embody inquiry based teaching?
The project will use self-study methodologies to create an intellectually safe online journaling community so that the group can collectively engage in a “systematic and critical examination of [our] actions and [our] context as a path to develop a more consciously driven mode of professional activity” (Samaras & Freese, 2006, p. 11). The participants will include six p4cHI community of inquiry practitioners from five different countries. The project will emphasize self-reflection, dialogue, professional and personal growth, and learning about the cross-cultural relationships and connections that are being made between each of the international p4cHI practitioners involved.
From July 13 – 15, 2016 Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau will participate in the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board Meeting at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. At this meeting she will be facilitating two mini-workshops. The first is titled, “Three Strategies for Promoting Equitable Democratic Inquiry, Dialogue, and Deliberation.” The second will focus on the series of culturally responsive, multicultural, and anti-bias “Perspectives for a Diverse Hawai’i” workshops that she led with Patricia Halagao of the course pf the 2015 – 2016 school year.
In June of 2016, Dr. Ben Lukey and Dr. Chad Miller traveled with HIDOE teachers and administrators to Japan to participate in the annual p4cHI summer exchange. More information to come!