The collaborative framework aims to ensure island keiki have fair and equal opportunity to educational excellence and opportunities in pursuing academic and career aspirations without having to leave island home.
Chancellor Don Straney recently met with representatives from Kamehameha Schools, the Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE), Hawai‘i Community College, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and the UH Foundation to discuss a collaborative plan on building “college aspiration” in students starting at a young age through high school, in order to increase the college going rate.
Among other goals, the Kupa ‘Āina plan is an education model designed to create direct links between Kamehameha Schools ‘āina-based learning labs and HIDOE schools in order “to develop student’s understanding of the cultural and ecological integrity of the place they inhabit.”
From the Kupa ‘Āina plan, “Call to Action” (PDF):
The Kupa ‘Āina educational model establishes a direct link between Kamehameha Schools (KS) ‘āina-based learning labs and Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) schools in order to develop a student’s understanding of the cultural and ecological integrity of the place they inhabit. HIDOE academic targets and priorities are explicitly addressed in the curriculum through emphasis on 21st century skills, alignment to Next Generation Science Standards and Career Technical Education (CTE) Standards. Inquiry through project-based learning will drive curriculum development and instructional delivery.
To maximize learner impact, Kupa ‘Āina will establish a multi-year learner pathway within a HIDOE complex that engages students from grade 4 through grade 12. A collaboration with a HIDOE high school and its feeder intermediate/middle and elementary schools will be established, and this systemic model will ensure that student engagement on the ‘āina will be diverse and scaffolded throughout their schooling.
Participants in the meeting included:
- Stacy Clayton, Director, Extension Education Services Division
- Robert Medeiros, Director, Enrichment Department
- Carrie Larger, Director, Career & Post-High Counseling & Guidance Department
- Carrie Shoda-Sutherland, Senior Research Associate, SIP
Hawai‘i Department of Education
- Mary Correa, Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pāhoa Complex Area Superintendent, Hawai‘i District
- Dean Cevallos, Principal, Kea‘au High School
- Althea Magno, Agriculture Teacher, Kea‘au High School
- Terence Moniz, Culinary Arts/Agriculture Teacher, Kea‘au High School
- Dawn Dasher, STEM Resource Teacher
- Daniel Banks, CTE Resource Teacher
Hawai‘i Community College
- Noreen Yamane, Chancellor
- Joni Onishi, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- Grace Funai, Department Co-Chair, Counseling & Support Services
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
- Donald Straney, Chancellor
- Matthew Platz, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- Sulma Gandhi, Director, Student Health & Wellness Programs
- Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, Interim Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
University of Hawai‘i Foundation
- Mariko Miho, Executive Director for Development, UH Hilo
- Andrea Furuli, Associate Director for Development, UH Hilo