Blog: August 2013

Service Learning in Hawaii, Part Five: Pearl City—A Complex Approach

August 30, 2013

“Hi Cathy, Just wanted to thank you again for an awesome workshop. I’ve only been hearing positive and enthusiastic comments regarding your recent workshop at Pearl City High School! Most of the comments were shared orally, but Eric White emailed to say that that was the best workshop ever and Natalie (Japanese teacher) emailed me […]

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Service Learning in Hawaii, Part Four: Going Deeper at Mililani

August 28, 2013

Teachers at Mililani Middle School, located in central Oahu, had been engaging students in service learning before we met several years ago. Since we have met, quite a few teachers have attended my professional development opportunities orchestrated by Colleen Murakami at the Hawaii Department of Education including Strategies for Success with 21st Century Skills and […]

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Service Learning in Hawaii, Part Three: It’s Elementary

August 27, 2013

Ha’haione and Koko Head Elementary Schools gathered their entire teaching staff for two days of in-service on Strategies for Success with 21st Century Skills and Literacy: A Learning Curriculum that Serves. This updated and revised program includes 37 lessons organized in four themes: Building Foundations Strengthening Relationships Meeting Challenges Growing Community This curriculum also lays […]

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Service Learning in Hawaii, Part Two: Fertile Soil

August 24, 2013

An overnight in Molokai proved to be a wonderful experience. During numerous service learning sessions in Honolulu, Jennifer Ainoa and I had often discussed how I simply had to visit Molokai. Quite true. Each island is unique of course. Molokai has a natural beauty and has less of a commercial imprint than other islands I […]

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Service Learning In Hawaii, Part One: Fast and Curious

August 21, 2013

Yes, it’s a hard sell to convince family, friends, and colleagues that I am actually working in Hawai’i. Yet, that’s what I am doing. Two weeks on three islands, ten days working, and four to play (plus a return for an additional three days in early October). However, I confess, it is challenging to use […]

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Ready for Service Learning: Travis Heights Elementary

August 7, 2013

What does “ready for service learning” look like? As educators, we know when we arrive in a room filled with reluctant or eager learners. To arrive at Travis Heights Elementary School, an Austin ISD in-district charter, is to walk into an environment with upbeat, excited, and ready-to-start teachers. Led by Principal Lisa Robinson, Travis Heights […]

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