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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!
The 30th Uehiro Essay Contest Winner has been announced! Aftercareful consideration, the winner, sixth grade student, Kawabata Marin, from the Anjo Elementary School has deeply moved readers with her writing. She was officially awarded the honor in a ceremony by the Minister of Education and Science. Read her essay, “Living Life Forward Looking Up,” clicking here.
In the week of February 13 a team of teachers from the Miyagi University of Education will be hosted at the University of Hawai‘i College of Education. As a part of their visit they will experience p4cHI in Uehiro Academy model schools and participate in a reception with Uehiro Faculty at the University of Hawaii. Check back for more information when they visit!
On May 31, 2017, the Hawaii State Department of Education offered a philosophy for children and C3 Framework Professional Development Opportunity! Check back for a recap!
Here are more detailed rankings of how well p4cHI schools like Kaelepulu Elementary and Waikiki Elementary performed overall against the state standards.
Highest Achieving Schools in Meeting English Language Arts/Literacy Standards
#1 Kaelepulu Elementary: 91%
#2 Waikiki Elementary: 84%
Highest Achieving Schools in Meeting Mathematics Standards
#1 Waikiki Elementary: 84%
#3 Kaelepulu Elementary: 83%
Highest Achieving Schools in Meeting Science Standards
#1 Kaelepulu Elementary: 100%
#2 Waikiki Elementary: 97%
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR p4cHI SCHOOLS!
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/
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.