Testimonials


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"This course has helped me to reevaluate the way I teach math.  I need to find ways to incorporate authentic learning experiences into my lessons on mathematical concepts, especially concepts that can seem irrelevant to students lives, or concepts that are incredibly abstract.  I want to spend some time this summer finding and designing new ways to make the mathematical concepts I teach more relevant to my students' lives.  If I could create a Moenaha for each unit I teach in my math classes, students could learn concepts that extend beyond just a general understanding of a mathematical concept."
~Johnalyn, 2nd & 3rd Grade Hawaiian Immersion School

"My greatest success throughout this course was realizing the importance of PLCʻs (Professional Learning Community) and PLNʻs (Personal Learning Network).  I try to lead a pretty private life as much as I can here in Hawaiʻi.  I was kind of against Facebook and Twitter.  But by being in this class, Iʻve realized how beneficial opening myself up to these kinds of networks can be for me professionally."
~Chris, 1st Grade

"This course allowed me to open my eyes and help me find the inner teacher that I want to be. I look forward to continuing on this route for my next school year. I would like to spend some time this summer planning authentic units for my students this next school year. I want them to be able to work together in order to learn and teach each other. I look forward to seeing how this helps my students to build relationships while learning. "
~Kathleen, Preschool

photo credit: Michael Young

"I expressed enthusiasm with my e-Portfolio and I think my colleagues could sense that positivity. Based on our rich discussions, I believe it opened an avenue for our grade level to truly consider authentic-based learning, CBE (culture-based education), and 21st Century skills in our planning for next school year."
~Kristel, 5th Grade


photo credit: Michael Young

"The biggest thing I would say I learned from this course is the value of collaboration and peer feedback.  I know sometimes I am a little shy and I don’t like sharing things for others to comment on.  I’m more of a taker, I see ideas I like and I take them and incorporate them into my own classroom.  But this course taught me that it’s a give and take and really forced me to participate in that interaction through our hui work and through our PLN (Personal Learning Network) assignment."

"The last thing I feel like this course really reminded me about is the importance of bringing family and culture into the school world.  The more involved a family is the more it benefits the student.  I liked that this course encouraged us to incorporate students’ backgrounds into their learning and having their family assist in the process."                                                          
~An, 2nd Grade

 

Kamehameha Schools Educators Registration

Step 1

Submit the online registration form to Distance Learning.  Please note there are a limited number of seats.

Step 2

Register in My Learning Plan to route your registration request to your supervisor for KS-B credit approval.  If you are a KS educator and need an account created in My Learning Plan, please email Sam Nihipali at sanihipa@ksbe.edu.  If your campus does not use MPL, please follow your department’s PD approval process.

A registration status update will be emailed to you once both parts of your registration are processed. E‘olu‘olu (please) email ksdl@ksbe.edu if you have any nīnau (questions)!

Mahalo and we look forward to seeing you online!

Hawai‘i DOE Educators Registration

Step 1

Submit the Kamehameha Schools online registration form to Distance Learning. E ʻoluʻolu (Please) note there are a limited number of seats.

Step 2

Log into PDE3.

Search by course name:  Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills In-Depth Application

Step 3

Add your name to the “Waitlist” by clicking   Join Wait List.

Once Step 1 above and seat availability has been confirmed, your enrollment status will change from the waitlist to registered.

A registration status update will be emailed to you once both parts of your registration are processed and you have been enrolled in the course. E‘olu‘olu (please) email ksdl@ksbe.edu if you have any nīnau (questions)!

Mahalo and we look forward to seeing you online!

Original Pathways

We are phasing out our original course series as we introduce our new pathways and course offerings.  Those who have started our original course series will still be able to complete the series and earn professional development credits for each course.

Please view the A‘o Kumu schedule for the remaining offering of Level 3: E-learning for Educators.

A‘o Kumu (For Educators)

Education continues to evolve and we invite you to join us in this wave of change. Our free A‘o Kumu courses provide educators with tools and skills to seamlessly integrate culture-based education (CBE) with 21st century skills and relevant standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The courses are focused with rigor that develops your pedagogical practices to strategically impact student engagement, creativity, and performance. Flexible learning opportunities allow you to customize your learning pathway.

Educators can earn professional development credits for each course upon successful completion of learning portfolios requiring implementation of activities with students. Educators may be able to earn course credits toward a certificate or degree program with the University of Hawai‘i Learning Design and Technology Department. Contact Dr. Curtis Ho at curtis@hawaii.edu for more information.

What Learners Can Expect

  • Intense eight week courses
  • Three to four course contact hours per week
  • Practice using many different educational technology tools and resources

What Skills You Build

  • Integrating culture-based education (CBE) and 21st century skills seamlessly into your lessons
  • Modeling digital citizenship through Hawaiian values and themes to meet learning objectives
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous collaboration to develop a professional learning community (PLC)

What You Leave With

  • E-portfolio that you can continue to use and develop
  • Practical lesson plans that integrate CBE & 21st century skills
  • Your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) and Professional Learning Community (PLC)

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FAQ

Q. How much do the courses cost?
A. At this time, all courses are provided free.

Q. Are there any requirements?
A. Participants must have access to a computer with reliable internet access. Participants must be able to implement lessons with students and complete a portfolio to earn PD credit.

Q. Who should participate in this program?
A. Educators who are interested in learning and practicing CBE & 21st century teaching skills focusing on the integration of technology.

Q. Who may enroll in these courses?

A. Educators from the Hawai‘i DOE, Ho‘olako Like Charter Schools, and KS are eligible to enroll in these courses. Please contact us at ksdl@ksbe.edu for more information.

Q. How often are courses offered?
A.  Foundational courses, (FI and FII) will be offered every fall and spring semester to make it easier for educators to plan their lesson integrations.

Q. Do I have to take the courses in order?
A. Yes. All participants must complete Foundational courses - Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills Introduction (FI) and Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills In-Depth Application (FII) in order.

Q. Do I need to teach a certain grade level or content area to take this course?
A. No, the course is applicable to educators of all subject areas and grade levels.

Q. What if I don't teach Hawaiian culture?
A. You only need to be able to integrate the resources provided into your existing curriculum. The resources we provide are meant to be used as a complement to your curriculum, no matter what you are teaching.

Q. If I take one of the courses or an A‘o Makua course, can I use the material in my own classroom?
A.  You are able to show videos or other resources from the course to your students using your own Blackboard account to access the course and show within the context of the course. We do not permit downloading or recording the videos to redistribute to those who are not enrolled in the course.  If you distribute any materials, such as worksheet activities, you must retain copyright attribution on the materials to provide appropriate credit to Kamehameha Schools or other partners.  

Q. Who do I contact if I have questions?
A. Please e-mail ksdl@ksbe.edu or call 842-8877.

Q. How do DOE Educators register?
A. All Hawai‘i DOE educators are encouraged to enroll for these courses through the KS online registration form AND the Professional Development system (PDE3). See registration info here.

Registration

Registration for our Spring 2016 Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills In-Depth Application (Foundation II) course is now OPEN through February 2nd.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills Introduction (Foundation I)

Course dates: March 28 - May 20 (PDE3 reflects four weeks of review time post-instruction.)

Professional Development Credits: 3 DOE Credits

Note: This course is facilitated entirely online with integrated synchronous sessions throughout the course. There will be a mandatory online synchronous orientation held on Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:00 - 5:30 PM . Three quick check-ins with the instructor will be required via online office hours offered weekly.

For registration information, click on the appropriate group below:

E ʻoluʻolu (Please) be sure to sign up on our email list to receive information for our future offerings!

Mahalo and we look forward to seeing you online!


 

Schedule

*Please note that registration is not open for all of the courses listed here. Check our registration page for more information on registration dates.
The Fall Foundation II course (Oct. 19 - Dec. 11) was canceled.

Classes

Our classes clearly show the ways in which culture-based education and 21st century skills overlap and how you can easily integrate both into your classroom. The focus is on teaching through the culture, in order to increase student engagement and learner impact. For educators who are already familiar with culture-based education, our instructors will work with you to personalize instruction and focus on the seamless integration of CBE & 21st century skills.

The classes are aligned to iNACOL standards, ISTE Teacher Standards, and the Moenahā Culture-Based Framework. You will have access to graphical organizers that help you identify ways in which culture-based education can help you meet CCSS and other relevant standards. We emphasize working in a collaborative learning environment, including ongoing participation in a professional learning community.

Learners will have opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and how they are effectively used in online and face-to-face learning environments. Each course requires the building of a learning portfolio consisting of three lessons, student evidence, and reflections that showcase what they have learned in this course.

Note: The courses are eight weeks. However, the course end date in PDE3 reflects four additional weeks for the portfolio review.

Culture-based Education & 21st Century Skills Introduction (Foundation 1)
3 DOE PD Credits

Learners will seamlessly integrate 21st century skills with culture-based educational frameworks to impact students. The course will teach basic distance learning skills used within the course and in a larger online professional development community. The course is offered online, with the exception of a face-to-face orientation.

Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills In-Depth Application (Foundation II)
3 DOE PD Credits

*Foundation I is a prerequisite for Foundation II

Learners will build upon concepts learned in Foundation I, and focus on the remaining elements in the CBE & 21st century skills matrix to continue the journey deeper into culture-based pedagogy. Additionally, learners will explore authentic learning frameworks, and promote and model digital citizenship. This course is offered completely online (no in-person orientation); however, participants are required to participate in synchronous and asynchronous online collaborations.

Eligibility

Educators with the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE), Kamehameha Schools and charter schools in Hawai‘i are eligible to enroll and complete our courses to receive professional development credits.  

A‘o Kumu is designed for educators who teach all content areas and grade levels, and you do not need to be a Hawaiian language or culture instructor to benefit from our program.  You can integrate the resources we provide into your existing curriculum, and these resources are meant to be used as a complement to what you are already teaching.

Private school educators in the state of Hawai‘i may audit the course with limited seats available.

Aʻo Kumu Pathways

Education continues to evolve and we’d like to invite you to join us in this wave of change. Our A‘o Kumu courses provide educators with tools and skills to seamlessly integrate culture-based education (CBE) with 21st century skills and relevant standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The courses are focused with rigor that develops your pedagogical practices to strategically impact student engagement, creativity, and performance. Flexible learning opportunities allow you to customize your learning pathway.

Educators are able to earn professional development credits, and course credits toward a certificate or degree program through our collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i Learning Design and Technology Department.

What Learners Can Expect

  • Intense eight week courses
  • Two to three course contact hours per week
  • Practice using many different educational technology tools and resources

What Skills You Build

  • Integrating culture-based education (CBE) & 21st century skills seamlessly into your lessons
  • Modeling digital citizenship through Hawaiian values and themes to meet learning objectives
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous collaboration to develop a professional learning community (PLC)

What You Leave With

  • E-portfolio that you can continue to use and develop
  • Practical lesson plans that integrate CBE & 21st century skills
  • Your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) and Professional Learning Community (PLC)

All participants in our program are required to take two foundational courses: Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills Introduction (Foundation I), and Culture-Based Education & 21st Century Skills In-Depth Application (Foundation II).  After completion of the foundation courses, you have the option to proceed as follows:

  • Non-certification Pathway—If you are NOT seeking one of our certificates, you can take as many of our topic-focused courses as you would like to take.
  • Blended or Online Pathway for Kamehameha Schools Certificate—If you ARE seeking a certificate, you must also take the Blended and Online Learning course. From there, you will be able to take as many of our topic-focused courses as you would like, but you will be required to take at least three. In addition, completion of a practicum is required to receive the certificate.

The topic-focused courses are electives that will focus on specific topics relating to 21st century skills and Hawaiian culture-based education (CBE). They are designed to be flexible enough for whatever pathway you choose, providing activities for differentiated learning.

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