Monthly Archives: October 2012

PD Tuesday: Communities of Practice

What:  Community of Practice (CoP) group to collaborate (through adobe connect) with Kapālama teachers to create a supportive arena to discuss, debate, and dialogue curriculum ideas, instructional and assessment strategies, teaching challenges or instructional technology strategies for new AND experienced educators.


  • share and receive research-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, and technology integration strategies to help us prepare for 1:1
  • get an opportunity to talk to other teachers and share successes and challenges around the topic for the week
  • group problem solving (it takes a village)

Other details: 

Sessions run from 3:15 – 3:45 every Wednesday (Cathy will email the information and flyers)

Edmodo group code: ckjprh

Adobe connect link: (click on link as a goes, input name and join)

10/31 topic: classroom management strategies that work in a 1:1 environment using a block schedule


PD Tuesday: “Pauahi Lani Nui”

What: free online course through the Kamehameha Distance Learning Division on the life of our founder, Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop.


  •  learn about her childhood, likes, influences
  • learn songs and chants in honor of her
  • download the iPad-compatible interactive storybook
  • participate in games and activities that can be shared with your ohana

Other details: register by October 29; class runs from November 26 – December 14. If you have taken classes from them before, just email with your name, birthdate and the class you want to take (Pauahi Lani Nui)

If you need help with your MLP, or donʻt know what a MLP is, let me know.


PD Tuesday: Space Foundation Scholarship

Lucy Enos

What:  Educators of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry OR who work with pre-K-12 students of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry have an extraordinary opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs for free to learn how to use space themes in the classroom.

Why: Each year, the Space Foundation provides professional development opportunities for a qualified Hawaiian educator through the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, travel expenses and lodging for the recipient to travel to Colorado Springs and participate in one of the Space Foundation’s week-long Space Across the Curriculum courses.

These intensive week-long graduate-level summer courses for PreK-12 educators provide space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. All courses are hands-on and focus on national standards and STEM principles. Although the underlying concentration is on STEM, the courses are structured to adapt lessons to all grade levels and all curriculum areas. Participants do not need to be science or math teachers, and public, private and homeschool teachers are welcome.

Other information: Typically, one Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually. The next recipient will attend classes during the summer of 2013, and the application deadline is March 1, 2013.

In 2012, an English teacher with an interest in science and science fiction was awarded the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship. M. Thomas Gammarino, Ph.D., teaches at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, and he chose to attend the Lunar/Mars Exploration and Base Construction course.

Read more about this and other Space Foundation scholarships

Scholarship Honors Space Foundation CEO’s Grandmother
Established in 2005 and funded by Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham and his wife, Cynthia A. Pulham, the scholarship honors the memory of Elliot’s grandmother, Lucy Enos, who was born in Pahala, Hawai’i, in 1898. Enos’ father was a Scottish immigrant and her mother, Keali’iholokahiki, was a native Hawaiian. Enos died in Hilo, Hawai’i, in 1976.

Application Details
Apply by submitting a letter, not exceeding two pages, detailing the motivation for applying, interest in space themes in the classroom and what you hope to gain from the experience. The application letter must be endorsed with a letter of support by a principal or other supervisor. Send application and letter of support by March 1, 2013, to:

Lucy Enos Scholarship
c/o Margo Hatton
Space Foundation 
4425 Arrowswest Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Applications and support letters will also be accepted by email at The recipient will be notified in early May 2013.

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the global space industry, the Space Foundation is developing the next generation of space professionals – and building the overall technological strength of the nation – through programs that stimulate students’ STEM interest and skills. A non-profit organization founded in 1983, the Space Foundation supports its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity,” through its education programs; space awareness programs, including Space Certification and the Space Technology Hall of Fame® industry events, including the National Space Symposium; research and analysis products, including The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity ; and government affairs activities; and programs for teachers and students.  Visit, follow the Space Foundation on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and subscribe to Space Watch.


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Art as Catharsis


Bahia Shehab: A Thousand Times No (TED talk 9/28/12)

You can crush the flowers, but you can’t delay spring

Art as poetry as protest as catharsis as poetry as art

PD Tuesday: Masters in Instructional Media

What: Online masters of science degree in instructional media through Wilkes University and in partnership with Discovery Education.


  • Become a teacher-leader in technology.
  • Increase your ability to engage digital learners.
  • Use digital media to transform instruction.

Other details: 

  • All classes will run in a seven-week format with two sessions offered in the fall and spring and summer semesters.
  • Wilkes University per credit price is currently cheaper than the UH graduate credit price, so can be reimbursed for 75% of full tuition.
  • Submit an online application, undergraduate transcripts and 2 completed graduate recommendation forms.

As always, if this opportunity is of interest to you, check out the site and see Cathy to explore your options.

PD Tuesday: MEd in Instructional Leadership

What: An online or 15-month, 2 summer cohort master’s degree with an emphasis on leadership and technology. Sponsored by HAIS (Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools) and Chaminade University

Why: Flexibility of choosing the type of program, as well as a focus on bringing curriculum into the 21st century.

Cost: $1800 per graduate-level course ($600/credit) – $1156.50 reimbursable, $50 application fee and cost of materials for each course. (Additional room and board expenses for summer cohort option  ~ six-week sessions x 2 summers)

Details: This masters is built for teachers who are team leaders or are transitioning into leadership positions. Applications are due in March of 2013 and courses start in June of 2013.

Next steps: If you are interested in pursuing a degree starting in SY 2013-2014, please contact Cathy.