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!
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.
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.