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Leaders of social justice in education:
Theory to practice

March 20 through November 20, 2020
Hybrid course with in-person meetings on
April 3, June 1, and November 6, 2020 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

The Hanahauʻoli School Professional Development Center and the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa College of Education invite you to join a cohort of social justice education leaders this spring in a course that will empower you to enact social justice through your educational practice. The Leaders of Social Justice in Education course will provide a general overview of theory and research behind social justice education, explore Teaching Tolerance resource materials and Social Justice Education Standards, and will help you and your students bridge connections to local organizations that do social justice work.

The course takes a hybrid format with online assignments beginning on March 20 and ending on November 20, and includes three in-person classes in the Hanahau'oli School Professional Development Center on April 3, June 1, and November 6 from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

The course is offered at no cost and travel subsidies of up to $750 per traveler are available for up to 10 neighbor island participants who participate in the full duration of the course. Participation is limited to 25 cohort members in total. Course credit is also available through the UHM College of Education (course # EDCS 440) and (3) PDE3 credits may be earned through the Hawai'i State Department of Education (course # TL184421).

To be considered for the course, please click on the button below to submit an application by January 21, 2020.

The Social Justice in Education Project is funded by a generous grant from Jana & Howard Wolff and is presented by the Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Educations.

Course Instructors:

Patricia Espiritu Halagao, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Education.  Her scholarship focuses on social studies and multicultural education. She also served as an appointed member on the Hawaii State Board of Education (2013-16) and spearheaded the adoption of two language education policies: The Seal of Biliteracy and Multilingualism for Equitable Education.

Amber Strong Makaiau, PhD is an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education Institute for Teacher Education Secondary Program.  She is also the Director of the Hanahauoli School Professional Development Center and the Director of Curriculum and Research at the University of Hawaii Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education. 

Ger Thao is a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction Specialization at the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education.  She is a recipient of the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship. She is a former elementary teacher, reading specialist, and Hmong American author of a bilingual children’s book.

For more information, please email us at pdc@hanahauoli.org.