Monthly Archives: August 2012

PD Tuesday: Garden-Based Nutrition Workshop

What: “The Foundations of Garden-Based Nutrition: a Workshop for Teachers” offered by Eat-Think-Grow, the Kohala Center and the Hawaii Island School Garden Network (HISGN). Two-part series: November 10 at Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science in Pahoa and January 12 at Kua o Ka La Public Charter 9-1.

Why: For teachers who have or are interested in creating school garden programs, this series will extend participants’ basic nutrition knowledge, while emphasizing the relationship between children’s nutritional needs and garden-based learning. These sessions will also give participants materials to use with students, ideas for incorporating healthy eating into their school garden programs, and hands-on opportunities to prepare meals and snacks with whole foods and locally grown garden fruits and vegetables.

Cost: free

Credit: No

Deadline: ASAP, space-limited. E-mail Donna Mitts ( or call the Kohala Center at 887-6411.


PD Tuesday: Coursera Offers Online Courses by Top Universities

What: 117 online course offerings in 16 categories (below) offered by the 16 national and international universities above.

Why: Coursera hopes to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. They want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

If you are interested in online course work, try one of these introductory courses to see if you have the temperament for online learning. They are all introductory courses with no prerequisite requirements.

Cost: FREE

Credit: No

Deadline for registration: courses start at different times and run for different time periods, so registration would end before the class starts.

Description: Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. You will watch lectures taught by the professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. You’ll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you.

I just signed up for a technology class and each class will have a YouTube video that gives an overview of the class (below), along with course info, info on instructor(s), course format and FAQs.

E-Learning and Digital Cultures

Thanks @elliemellie aka Ellen Cordeiro for posting this on twitter #KSFaculty

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PD Tuesday: Schools of the Future Conference

What: The Schools of the Future conference put on by HAIS (Hawaii Association for Independent Schools), October 23-24, 2012 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu

Why: This conference brings in top-notch keynote speakers and offers a variety of sessions on tech, leadership and curriculum for a fairly cheap price AND with a one-day conference option for the commitment phobic.

Cost: Early bird rates: $90 for one day; $160 for both days    Regular rate: $120 for one day; $210 for two days (Continental breakfast and lunch included in registration rate)

Deadline: Early-bird registration ends on August 31; regular registration ends October 1. Register online here.

Description:  Event Schedule here.

Tuesday keynote speaker: Mark Milliron, award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant well known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology change.

Tuesday sessions of note: “Making Technology Work for You,” “Empower Students Through Self Assessment,” “The Hoshin Process for Project Based Learning,” “The Chaotic Classroom”

Wednesday keynote speaker: John Hunter, musician, teacher, filmmaker and game designer. He has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential.  As a student, he studied comparative religions and philosophy while traveling through Japan, China and India. In India, inspired by Ghandi’s philosophy, he began to think about the role of the schoolteacher in creating a more peaceful world. See his TED talk on his world peace game below.


PD Opportunity 08/15/2012

What: A’o Makua is a Hawaiian culture-based online program geared toward our KS faculty and staff, parents and ‘ohana

Why: learn more about our culture, get cool incentives and add to your knowledge base.

Cost: Free for  faculty and staff members

Deadline for registration: August 15 for September classes at this link

Class options and descriptions:

  • ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi: Pili ʻOhanaSeptember 4 – 28, 2012  ~ In ka papa Pili ‘Ohana (the Pili ‘Ohana course) we will revisit some of the concepts taught in E Ola Ka ‘Ohana and build on them by taking a closer look at family relationships and interactions amongst family members.  Sentence patterns will focus on introducing and describing family members as well what they enjoy doing. Course activities will include practice exercises and the creation of a digital photo journal about your ‘Ohana.
  • Moʻolelo: Kuʻu One Hānau (the beloved sands of my birth) September 10-28, 2012 For Hawaiians, the sense of belonging to and pride in one’s birthplace is a connection that transcends time and place. This course will focus on this special relationship by presenting nā mo‘olelo (stories) of traditional places in Hawai‘i nei, poetry and mele praising various one hānau. You will then have the opportunity to share stories of your own beloved birthplace or the birthplace of your ‘ohana.
  • Mālama ʻāina To Care for the Land September 10 – 28, 2012 He ali‘i ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka. The land is a chief; the man is its servant. This course will focus on sustainability of our resources. The course explores traditional ways Hawaiians lived to allow for preservation. You will learn the deeper purpose for why the Hawaiians hold the land so important. The knowledge acquired from these concepts will hopefully encourage you and your ‘ohana to apply them in everyday life.