“As a society becomes more enlightened, it realizes that it is responsible not to transmit and conserve the whole of its existing achievements, but only such as make for a better future society. The school is its chief agency for the accomplishment of this end.”
— Dewey, 1916, p. 20

The mission of the Professional Development Center at Hanahau‘oli is to build upon the school’s rich progressive education tradition to support the development of school communities that promote a better future society for today’s children.

With a commitment to serving a public purpose, the Professional Development Center (PDC) at Hanahau‘oli is a bridge between the school and the community. Made possible through an endowment from the Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, the PDC was established to build our collective capacity for developing and maintaining school communities that both meet the needs of our current society and strive to create a better future society for our children. To carry out this mission, the PDC offers a wide range of educative experiences--aligned to the school’s progressive philosophy and tradition--for educators, researchers, scholars, parents, and community members. In partnership with the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa College of Education and other community collaborators, the PDC also facilitates Hanahau‘oli School’s role as a preeminent Professional Development School (PDS) that models socially just, progressive, interdisciplinary, and inquiry approaches to teaching and learning.


missed the Hanahauʻoli School Centennial Progressive Education Symposium? view it online!

Read our recent
E-Newsletter to learn about upcoming events and recent news from the PDC

upcoming workshops & events

Following are just a few of the upcoming events and workshops at the Professional Development Center. Visit the PDC Calendar to see a complete list.

Join the PDC email list!

Name *