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Program Goals

The primary outcome is to create place-based educational resources that reflect Hawaiʻiʻs context by including participation from many perspectives.  

  • Project organizers will convene Teacher Leaders and land stewards to co-develop place-based resources.

  • Teacher Leaders will be supported and compensated to participate in professional learning communities in order to produce curriculum units and lesson plans that reflect place-based learning and the HĀ framework.

  • All resources created will be available for public access and use. 

  • All lessons will have been field tested at least once. 

  • All final resources will integrate design feedback from land stewards, students, mentors and teaching peers.

Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ) is a Hawai`i Department of Education framework to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that reflect Hawaiʻi’s unique context to  honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaiʻi and is foundational to this program. Learn more

Our Teacher Curriculum Leader application period has closed but we will post upcoming opportunities to participate in the `Ewa `Āina Education Initiative in other ways. 

Interested educators are also welcome to contact the program managers.