TEACHER EDUCATION

Nä Pua No'eau serves as a resource for teachers and educational institutions in Hawai'i. The Center provides information based on research, resource materials, and knowledgeable personnel, and its own work with Hawaiian students. Teacher in-service training is an on-going activity offered by the Center. The Center identifies topics annually and facilitates training for its teachers and others who might benefit from the training. Over the next few years the Center will be providing information and training on the program models, activities and practices it has had success with over the past ten years. Nä Pua No'eau's strength is in the following areas:

 

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The Native Hawaiian Education Act provides funding for Nä Pua No'eau to research and define curriculum models that incorporate Hawaiian values and culture in effective ways. This study was conducted to identify characteristics of the Nä Pua No'eau curriculum which are grounded in Hawaiian beliefs about learning. The study is being conducted in two phases. In Year 1, the study focused on identification of key elements of educational programming for Hawaiian students. In Year 2, the study is focusing on obtaining information about implementation of these elements at two different sites. Hilo High School and St. Joseph High School are the sites the project will be working at. The implementation information will then be used for teacher training and curriculum development.

In an effort to broaden the curriculum development effort to include schools which teach in the Hawaiian language, a partnership the Hale Kuamo'o and Näwahïokalani'öpu'u was created. The project assists Näwahïokalani'öpu'u in designing a curriculum which focus on the restoration of a ahupua'a site on the school property. The primary activity of this part of the project is to design and construct a system that is utilized for the collection, storage, use and recycling of water. The water system will sustain the agrarian and surrounding ecosystems with in the school "mäla." Resources management of habitat resources through natural systems and water conservation practices will be emphasized throughout the project.

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