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Making an Impact

The Learning Forward conference focused on Professional Learning to increase Haumāna  performance

Leadership Capacity Building Using Online Tools

Picture it, a failed classroom observation by an administrator.
Why?!?! The teacher used strategies not reflected on the antiquated observation tool!!!

This was a true story presented by a collection of teachers at a high school that presented at the conference. Nā kumu in the school had outgrown the system!

Through online peer observation/collaboration, kumu advanced in their practice quicker than anticipated and became leaders and change agents in their school. They were using a customized internal Teaching Channel to establish PLCs within their school. Bite size videos with supporting documentation were uploaded to an internal account. Kumu were able to

Analyze and Seek Feedback
Practice and Gather Evidence
Gather other Videos and Focus on targeted growth areas
Watch and Analyze
Translate and Adapt

Ke kula adopted a growth mindset and created professional learning councils that aligned their learning platform and strategies to the Danielson Framework, to better focus the impact of the Teaching Channel on professional development.

Explore Theories and Standards of Professional Learning

Educator development should be strategic, thoughtful, and well planned. Align the tools and resources used to standards for increased quality and transferred application.

Design intentionally to promote cognitive development and authentic learning experiences.

Action Plan Development

Learners should be prepared! Allow time for reflection in professional development and the creation of an action plan to ensure transfer to student achievement. Elements of quality professional development and action plans include, but are not limited to:
  • Measurable Outcomes
  • Research/Evidence Based
  • Job Embedded
  • Personalized
  • On-going

Online/tech. resources to integrate into professional development.



Interactive Communication

Back Channeling


With intentional planning, the appropriate tool should enhance the effectiveness of strategies used in professional development.

Navigating Blended/Online Learning to Facilitate Professional Learning
Efficiency - Maximize Time!
Location - Remove geographic/scheduling barriers.
Format - Match Activities. Consider what can be accomplished online than in person.
Personalized Learning - Know the tech. comfort. level of your learners when collaborating.
(Explore Learn Zillion)


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Papa Kuʻi ʻai a me Pohaku

As part of our huakaʻi last month to Papahana Kuaola and the opportunity to work in the loʻi, I wanted to continue that thought by sharing my experience of making a papa kuʻi 'ai (poi-pounding board).

In 2008 with the encouragement from me and my co-worker, Pili Wong, Earl Kawaʻa offered to teach a papa kuʻi ʻai papa to those of us that were interested in learning what our kūpuna did as a daily way of life. For our kūpuna they had loʻi in their yards and grew their own kalo, the major source of starch in their diet. They steamed it and pounded poi or kept it whole and sliced it and ate it like bread with butter or condensed milk.

Kawaʻa was very specific on our kuleana and the commitment he required of us. Our first task was to find an au koʻi (handle) for our koʻi (adze tool). I found myself suddenly looking up at every tree I saw looking for the right branch for my koʻi. My husband found mine at a jobsite from a Haole Koa tree otherwise known as the Leucaena Leucocephala tree. I…

E pule kakou . . .

Aloha all,
I was trying to think so hard of a "techie" tip and finally gave up. I even googled "tips and tricks" for various programs and then thought "I can't blog about something I don't actually use!" Then, as I was sitting in my Papa Makua class, doing all kinds of protocal and thought about how we keep looking for a short pule to do to open our meetings. I had `A`ali`i write a pule in Hawaiian. He was worried about the grammar and structure of it so I asked Kelly C. to kökua by editing and doing an audio recording so you can hear the pronunciation. Hope it's helpful :)

E ho`omalu käkou
E kö mäkou makua i loko o ka lani
Mahalo no nä pömaika`i a pau. Mahalo no ke ali`i lokomaika`i o Pauahi a me këia kula nei. E `olu`olu, e kia`i iä mäkou i ke alahele küpono me ka lökahi.
Ke nonoi ha`aha`a nei mäkou i ka inoa o Iesu Cristo

`Unuhi (translation):
Let us pray
Our Father in heaven
Thank you for all the many blessings. Thank you for the generous Pri…