Monthly Archives: November 2012

PD Tuesday: SY12-13 Conference Possibilities

As one of my SMART goals, I committed to a PD Tuesday post – 1 per week with an email blast out until December 18 (or whenever SY13-14 budgets were due), so with our budget deadline at November 30, this is my last post to share PD opportunities for next school year.  I’ll continue to look for free PD until the last weekly post on December 18(3 more posts).  Hope these weekly posts got you thinking outside of the little box called your classroom.

Here’s  an eclectic mix of potpourri possibilities for individual, department, team or group conferences by approximate month that they are offered: (links are for this year’s conference)

October: Schools of the Future

  • What – Hawaii tech and curriculum conference
  • Why – a cheaper, smaller version of ISTE, but a great place to get our feet wet in presenting our current programs/projects/successes at Kula Waena

November : AMLE (Association for Middle Level Educators)

  • Why: understand the unique needs of our students and understand the current trends of middle schools around the nation
  • Minneapolis in November. Brrrrrrrrrr

February: Learning and the Brain Conference

  • Why: leading researchers in the field of brain research share ways to improve innovation, thinking, and imagination in students

April: Hawaii STEM Conference

  • Why: statewide STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) conference for students, teachers, parents to network and share STEM projects, as well as get ideas for new STEM projects

July: ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)

  • Why: This is the big Kahuna of technology conferences for educators with leveled sessions that range from beginner to advanced, as well as off-site mini conferences, tweet ups, mashups, bloggespheres, etc. Doing the Kamisato means you bring a steno notebook and a pencil to a tech conference – only for the truly advanced. 🙂

As always, if you have any questions, or need help, email me or call x20464.


PD Tuesday: A’o Kumu Culture-Based Online Curriculum

What: Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning (KSDL) is offering an online culture-based  course for educators where participants are provided access to culture-based online curricula and resources aligned to state and national standards. Extensive learning resources are available related to mālama ‘āina (caring for the land), alaka‘i (leadership) and kuleana (responsibility).


  • link your content to the nohona Hawai’i resources available through the A’o Kumu course
  • earn 2 KS B-credits for free

Other details:

One face-to-face meeting is required on February 2, Saturday at Kapālama

To register, go to My Learning Plan and sign up through the district catalog (on the right side bar)

You must also submit the online registration form.

Deadline for registration is November 30.

PD Tuesday: Kula Waena PD Warehouse

What: A Kula Waena warehouse of professional development resources created by your colleagues.


  • Every student learns when every educator engages in effective professional learning.
  • Schools’ most complex problems are best solved by educators collaborating and learning together.
  • Remarkable professional learning begins with ambitious goals for students.
  • Professional learning decisions are strengthened by diversity.
  • Sustainable learning cultures require skillful leadership.
  • Student learning increases when educators reflect on professional practice and student progress. (check out the kuleana page)

Details: conferences that your colleagues will be posting from: 

Schools of the Future Conference (Ahuna, Bowman, De Sa, Floro, Ikeda, Makanui, Masuko, Spencer)

Science Conference (Courtot, Englund, Floro, Kaaa)

ISTE 2013 (TBA)

*If you are going to a conference or wanting to go to a conference, let Cathy know.


PD Tuesday: ASCD Professional Development Library


What: Over 75 ASCD professional development books are available to all teachers to read online through our library portal.


Why: ASCD is a membership organization that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

Cost: free!