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p4cHI Highlighted on C3 Teachers Website

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.org/publications/

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p4cHI at the National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA

On November 13, 2015 Kehau Glassco gave a presentation at the National Council of Social Studies titled, “Sparking Wonder! The Good Thinker’s Toolkit and the C3 Framework.” Mrs. Glassco is a high school social studies teacher at Kamehameha School, Kapalama Campus

and a longtime p4cHI practitioner. In her presentation she taught social studies educators from across the country to spark great questions, and make student inquiry come alive with this innovative pedagogy that promotes students’ development as socially responsible, philosophical thinkers. All of the participants had the opportunity to create Good Thinkers Toolkit books of their very own. Click here to see a sample lesson plan, and to learn more about Kehau Glassco please visit her website http://kumuglassco.weebly.com




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Talking about Ethnicity and Inequality in Public Education




The leadership of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) collaborated with the University of Hawaii Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education and the University of Hawaii College of Education to facilitate an open and frank teacher discussion about ethnicity, inequality and social injustice in Hawaii’s K-12 public educational institutions. We knew that academic and community leaders are doing important intellectual and political work on race, class and privilege in Hawaii, but we wanted to do more to make this part of the work of educators in the public school system. We believe that by creating spaces for ‘critical conversations’ in the larger education community, we can have a greater impact how teachers understand and engage in public education issued in Hawaii.

This event took place on Saturday, November 7, 2915, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at The University of Hawaii Campus Center Executing Dining Room. Close to eighty HIDOE teachers, UHM COE professors, and pre-service teachers attended the event. The agenda was:

8:30 Registration Check In and Assignment of Break Out Groups

9:00 Welcome Dr. Patricia Halagao of the UH Manoa COE and Hawaii State BOE

9:05 Opening Remarks, Purpose, & Introductions Dr. Amy Perruso of the HSTA

9:10 Outlining the Structure of the Program Dr. Amber Makaiau of the Uehiro Academy

9:15 Panel Presentation 

Dr. Jon Okamura: Institutionalized Racism/Discrimination in Public Education in Hawai’i

Dr. Earl Hishinuma: Youth, Ethnicity, and Public Health Outcomes in Hawai’i

Additional Documents: Adult Support at Home in Hawaii | Adult Support at Home or at School in Hawaii | Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention

Dr. Ku Kahakalau: Pedagogy of Aloha: Hope for 50,000+ Native Hawaiian HIDOE Students

10:15 Audience Questions

10:30 Break

10:40 Small Group Break Out Lead by Uehiro Academy HIDOE p4cHI Teacher Facilitators

  • Introductions
  • Questions
  • Vote
  • Inquiry
  • Reflect

11:40 Large Group Share, Possible Solutions, & Continuing the Dialogue 

In this format, the panelists layed out the context and main issues for the first hour. Then the participants moved into smaller groups for inquiry discussions, organized around the philosophy for children (p4cHI) deliberative inquiry model for about an hour. Finally, participants concluded the morning’s work by coming back to the whole group discussion organized around the question of ‘what is to be done?’

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A C3 Framework “Talk Story” Session with Professor John Lee


On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Associate Professor of Social Studies at North Carolina State University, will be available to answer your questions during a special “talk story” session about the College, Career & Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standarads (click on this link to see a copy of the C3 Framework), which was officially adopted by the Hawaii State Board of Education in September of 2015. Dr. Lee is one of the lead writers of the C3 Framework and co-director of the C3 Teachers Project. If you have questions for Dr. Lee and you would like to think with others about how to meaningfully engage students and teachers with the C3 Framework in Hawaii this event is for you!

Light pupu and wine will be served, and participation is limited. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau at the University of Hawaii Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education by November 13, 2015. Her email address is amakaiau@hawaii.edu. Also, feel free to forward this information on to other colleagues who might be interested.

To see a flyer, click here.

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Hanahauoli School Offers After School p4cHI Club

Hanahau'oli School

For the first time ever, Hanahauoli School will offer a p4cHI club for its students. In this after school experience students will have the opportunity to engage in the activity of philosophy with their peers and Dr. Makaiau who will be the club facilitator. To do this, they will build an intellectually safe community of inquiry where they can wonder about themselves and about the world. Together, they will develop their abilities to think for themselves in responsible ways by exploring “big questions” that arise from their interests, experiences, and a variety of resources (e.g. texts, videos, pictures, etc.). The learning goals of the club are:Stepping stones now

  1. Define and practice Intellectually Safety in our community of inquiry.
  2. Use a Community Ball to mediate turn taking.
  3. Listen, think, and dialogue during Plain Vanilla philosophical inquiries.
  4. Identify and apply the seven reasoning tools of The Good Thinker’s Tool Kit.
  5. Write and share questions, responses, reflections, and evaluations.

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