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Intra-curricular Enrichment

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DT for Nanakuli Schools

Recently, the HI FusionED Team has been busy helping Nanakuli Elementary and Nanakuli High and Intermediate School learn about the Design Thinking (DT) process and how to apply its principles to activate innovative change within their school cultures. Two very different approaches were presented, challenging the Team to dig deep into their DT toolkits. At Nanakuli Elementary School, […]

VPerch II In Test Phase

The 2014 Virtual SeaPerch orientation for teachers was held at the awesome Chew Tech Center at Mid-Pacific Institute (July 22-23). Participants were able to get a broad overview of the beta application and contribute to the improvement and further development of an integrated academics program centered on marine tech. Since 2012, a collaborative partnership with 3D design […]

DT and EDP

Through funding from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, isisHawaii had the opportunity and pleasure of introducing the Design Thinking (DT) process to the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Honolulu District (HOND) administrators, specialists and teacher mentors. Already vested in the successful integration of Engineering Design Processes (EDP) throughout some of their complex schools, HOND […]

Nanakuli Aquaponics ROCKS!

The Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) program has some awesome updates! Thanks to hard working educator, Jewelynn Kirkland, volunteers, community partners and 9th grade students at Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, new walkways lined with ‘uala (sweet potato) have been installed and pa pohaku (rock walls) have been built around the lo‘i (irrigated terrace) surrounding […]

KULA: Outdoor Classrooms

The Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE project embraces the “extended classroom” concept. In March, students from Wai‘anae Intermediate School visited the Waikalua Loko Fishpond in Kaneohe (on the opposite coast on the island of O‘ahu) for an immersive learning experience about ancient Hawaiian agricultural practices and 21st century solutions to restore the fishpond to its original condition. […]

From Hawaii to Africa – JAMAREK

In support of Xel ak Kom (a Senagalese non-profit organization), isisHawaii is pleased to announce a concert fundraiser on Saturday, April 12th, at The Loading Zone (47 Hotel Street, 9pm to 1:30am) to advance community development in West Africa through education, sustainable farming and social entrepreneurism. “JAMAREK” (translated from Wolof, means “peace only”) is a […]

Teach For America – Design Thinking

Teach for America (TFA) is a nationwide program that is committed to providing educational opportunities for children in low-income communities. isisHawaii’s Kapono Ciotti, MA (an Education Specialist), facilitated an introductory Design Thinking workshop for TFA leaders to develop innovative solutions to close the achievement gap for students living in underserved populations. The interactive workshop focused […]

La‘au Lapa‘au: Healing with Native Plants

isisHawaii’s “Ipu Waiwai Kula ‘AE” Aquaponics in Education project has provided wonderful opportunities to connect local professionals from academia, industry and the community to educators to co-design culturally responsive project-based activities for students. One such professional is Leinaala Bright – a certified healing practitioner – who has helped our school partners to better understand connections […]

Aquaponic-grown Ipu at Nanakuli

See what’s been growing at our Nanakuli “Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE” Aquaponics in Education project site! Educator, Jewelynn Kirkland, harvested these ipu, or “Bottle Gourd” (Lagenaria siceraria), mainly for safety reasons. They were growing so fast and large that she was afraid of the gourds falling on someone (the plants have since been removed). Compared to […]

KULA Project Begins for Leeward Educators

  The long awaited implementation phase of isisHawaii’s Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) (KULA) has finally begun. With construction of the Wai‘anae and Nanakuli Intermediate School outdoor greenhouses complete, curricular training commenced promptly with the opening of school year 2013-14. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Hawaiian Education Program, KULA […]