Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mixing Metaphors


This is not a good job of conveying my message, but the background, top picture is Kapualei at Kamalo. It is a moʻo in the mountain. This dissertation is my moʻo project. But it is also my journey story, thus the waʻa metaphor and ʻōlelo noʻeau in my abstract, which I know is not an abstract, but the text is my place holder right now to ground me.

Often when there are large pieces to write, and even when there are small pieces to write, I need to start with my metaphor. Is it bad that I am mixing metaphors. Yes, I think so. But I have faith that in the end when I am ready to go, the appropriate manaʻo will come forward. Until then, hereʻs the moʻolelo i hoʻopōkole ʻia.

Moʻolelo i hoʻopōkole ʻia – Abstract

This journey is about the heeding of the steersman’s call, “E kaupē aku nō i ka hoe” (put forward the paddle). “E kō mai nō i ka hoe, e hoe” (draw the paddle toward you, paddle). I put my mind, body, and spirit into a collective position on the goal, the destination. “E lauhoe a pae aku ka waʻa” (to paddle together until the canoe lands).

This is just one journey towards a Hawaiian indigenous educational framework. Kanaʻiaupuni and Kawaiaeʻa (2008) have called out to dig our paddles into the waves and paddle forward. This is our journey in the Hawaiian educational experience. This is the story of our alignment of culture-based education and the alignment of school goals and practices. These are our collective voices telling the story of our outcomes; and the communities and populations that we serve. Hoe.

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Putting on the BGPs and Dealing



It has been a whole month of funk and laziness and other priorities, so today is the last day of August.

My dissertation is due in May.

I present in July.

I have 9 months from today  to “birth” this dissertation which means that I need to take care of myself. So this is me putting on my big girl panties and putting my priorities in order.

Priority 1 – spend an hour every day minimum on writing, even if it is only writing here.

Priority 2 – keep my family needs in mind at all times and schedule writing time around rather than through family time

Priority 3 – work smarter not harder – I cannot clean up after everyone or even afford to feel like I should if I can

I will reread my chapters that I have drafted out and start recording my process today.

PUMPED AND PRIMED! (I have no idea what that means but it must mean something).

UH Hilo Starting a New MEd Cohort Spring 2014



What: Master of Education Degree through the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo. This program is designed for working teachers, so it is a 2-year (January 2014 – December 2015) cohort with classes on Wednesday evening, summers and some weekends. This program allows teachers to do their research and their thesis on a problem of practice within their own work in the classroom.

Why: The advantage of being in a graduate level cohort is that you build your network of other educators who are invested in you in the same way that you are invested in them.

Application requirements are here

Applications are due by October 15, 2013 for the spring 2014 start.

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PD Tuesday: Online MEd Program Specializes in Middle School Educators



What: The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers a Middle and Secondary Level Emphasis Masters of Education (MSLMED) degree that is online and geared for working teachers of students in grades 4-12. The program is currently taking applications for its next cohort that starts in April of 2014 with graduation in August of 2016.

Why: If you are looking for an opportunity to better connect with our unique age group of students, and you want to or need to continue working full time, an online program like this one could be a viable option.  For more information and directions to apply, please email Cathy.

Due date for application: September 1, but extensions are possible if space is available.



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Working in Funk

The distance between the end of classes and the beginning of school and more classes is just a bridge of funk. I know that my advisor wants to see all the wonderful progress I made in the concentrated 5 weeks away, but I came home to busy-ness, and running and barriers to go around, so I started my school year off in a funk. I am just going to hang out for  a little while, start getting rid of baggage, and then Iʻm good to go.


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PD Tuesday: Upcoming “Tech” Conferences


explore-poster-with-kids In order to EXPLORE technology as a tool to transform teaching, take advantage of some PD opportunities this year:

1.  Schools of the Future – October 17 and 18, 2013 – Hawaii Convention Center

Why: SOTF or “soft tofu” is designed to transform the learning environments and teaching strategies of independent schools to better prepare students for work and citizenship in the 21st century.

2. AMLE – Association of Middle Level Educators – November 7 – 9, 2013 – Minneapolis Convention Center

Why: AMLE provides national professional education opportunities for teachers of students in grades 5 – 9.

3. Kukulu Kaiaulu – June 3 and 4, 2014 – Honolulu

Why: Kamehameha Schools puts on a world class technology conference and they consistently bring in national leaders (plus our registration is free as employees)

4. ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education – June 28 – July 1, 2014 – Atlanta

Why: This is the big kahuna of ed tech conferences, guaranteed to make your head spin.

If you would like the opportunity to attend one or more of these conferences, please do the following:

Agree  to do the following if selected:

  • at the conference – blog your daily takeaways on the Kula Waena PD google site
  • after the conference – try something in your classroom with your students
  • be ready to present to your colleagues, parents, etc. at a designated time

*Special note – if you have already been pre-approved this school year for a conference on the mainland, you are not eligible to apply for another mainland conference at this time. E kala mai. 

Submit your request on this google form: PD request form (you  must be signed in to your KS gmail account in order to complete this form)


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