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Twenty-two Elementary and Intermediate School students gathered at the Honolulu Museum
of Art on March 28 for the 2nd Annual Art p4c Hawai‘i Spring Break Day Camp. Co-sponsored by the Uehiro Academy, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and Waikiki Elementary School, this intensive class provided students with the opportunity to practice p4c, create art, and make new friends.
This year’s camp was taught by Abbey Day (art) and Dr. Toby Yos (p4c). The students ranged in age from 1 st Grade to 6th Grade. Two-thirds of the students were members of this year’s p4c Mentoring Art Group (p4cM Art) at Waikiki Elementary School. They were joined by past p4cM Art students from 3 other schools. Inspired by this meeting of students from varying schools, Day and Yos entitled this year’s camp “Coming Together: Artistic and Philosophical Expressions of ‘Ohana.”
Through art projects and p4c inquiries, students explored the concept of ‘Ohana (family), reflected upon their own lives & families, and joyfully crafted new friends
hips as they forged their own “Art ‘Ohana.”
This year’s camp was coordinated by the Uehiro Academy’s Dr. Toby Yos and the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Emma Hussey and Abbey Day.
On February 17 the philosophy for children Hawai‘i (p4cHI) University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Education Endorsed Certificate was officially approved! The purpose of the p4cHI College of Education Endorsed Undergraduate Certificate is to meet the growing demand for local, national, and international p4cHI practitioners by creating an institutional pathway for developing, verifying, and officially recognizing the quality of those practitioners. As soon as the Fall semester of the 2016-17 school year the p4cHI College of Education Endorsed Undergraduate Certificate will be administered collaboratively by faculty in the UHM COE Institute for Teacher Education (ITE) and UHM Uehiro Academy. Please email Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau for more information about how to apply for this certificate program. Click here for the application.
The 29th Uehiro Essay Contest Winner has been announced! Second grade student, Saki Kataoka, from the Saitama City Daito Elementary School has deeply moved readers with her writing. She will be officially awarded the honor in a ceremony by the Minister of Education and Science on February 6, 2016. Read her essay, “Grandma, Let’s Watch Fireflies Together Again,” clicking here.
Thanks to the funding from Taiwan’s Ministry of Technology and Science, Dr. Jackson was able to visit Taiwan for 9 days, from January 2-11, 2016, to promote p4cHI in schools and in teacher education. During the trip, Dr. Jessica Ching-Sze Wang, associate professor at the Department of Education from the National Chiayi University, took Dr. Jackson to our elementary schools to do p4c with children. Dr. Jackson was also invited to give talks to undergraduate education majors and in-service teachers at the department. On January 9, Dr. Jackson and Dr. Wang organized a p4cHI teacher’s workshop where 40 people participated and experienced what it means to create an intellectually safe environment for classroom inquiry and dialogue. With his great sense of humor, his friendliness, and his words of wisdom, Dr. Jackson has touched many lives, young and old, with his gently Socratic message to awaken the inner child within us and to always keep our wonder alive.
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau facilitated a p4cHI professional development session for teachers at the “Critical Issues of Civil and Human Rights” workshop. This workshop was sponsored by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction and Student Support Social Studies Program, the Hawaii State Bar Association Civic Education Committee, and the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center. Fellow presenters at this workshop included Karen Korrematsu (pictured with Dr. Makaiau), Eric Yamamoto, Omer Ismail, Greg Jackson, and Cynthia Tai.
The C3 Teachers Brief titled, “Cultivating and Nurturing Collaborative Civic Spaces” was recently published on the C3 Teachers: College, Career & Civic Life website. The brief, authored by Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau, draws from her experiences teaching social studies in the K-12 setting and offers three strategies from the philosophy for children Hawai‘i (p4cHI) approach to deliberative pedagogy. To download the brief visit: http://www.c3teachers.