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Lehua Writing Project offers professional development courses

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Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Lehua Writing Project at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is offering two professional development courses in place-based writing for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers and the community. Professional development credit is available to Department of Education teachers for both courses.

“Placed-Based Literacy: A Journey through Hawaiʻi’s Ranching and Agricultural Past,” takes place on three Saturdays at three Big Island historical locations. Classes are September 25 at Anna's Ranch in Waimea, November 6 at Pahala Plantation House, and February 5 at Uchida's Living History in South Kona. In addition there are three online class segments and a presentation showcase in April. Contact Ann Buffington at or Jeannine Hirtle at for more information.

The second course, “Awakening to Place,” takes place at Kaiao Community Garden at the Hilo Boys and Girls Club on three Saturdays: October 9, 16, and 23, 8 am-3 pm. This class is open to anyone interested in place- and project-based education.

Registration is through UH Hilo’s College of Continuing Education and Community Service at 974-7664. For more information, call Bodhitara Searles at 934-0182 or email

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