Professional Development Center

The mission of the Professional Development Center at Hanahau‘oli is to promote best practices among community educators and to improve the quality of education for children in Hawaii. Through community partnerships, collaborative arrangements and networking, the Professional Development Center supports the growth of teachers, building upon the expertise and experience of the Hanahau‘oli community and other outstanding educational resources.

    Upcoming Programs & Workshops

    Institute for Thematic Instruction: A DESIGN FOR CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT

    Summer 2018

     June 25- July 6, weekdays
    8:45am - 3:00pm (no class on July 4)
    Tuesdays, October 16 and November 6
    4:00 - 5:30pm
    (Required Check-in, Troubleshooting & Support Sessions)

    INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Robert G. Peters & Hanahau'oli Faculty
    FEE: $1,350* including materials.  
    *Multiple participants from a school receive a discounted rate.  Administrators attend at no additional cost.

    The Institute is a two-week seminar and practicum experience in the design of thematic units with an emphasis upon engaging children in project-based learning. Build a community of learners in your own setting to support 21st century learning by learning with colleagues, observing thematic lessons, hearing first-hand from practitioners, asking questions and exploring the challenges and rewards of thematic instruction with individual coaching

    The Institute includes the development of a unit draft with outcomes, instructional strategies and assessment tools to take back to your classroom.  Work time is incorporated throughout the Institute, including access to instructors, resources and small group debriefing.


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    The Professional Development Center (PDC) at Hanahau‘oli offers workshops and coursework about best practices in education with a particular emphasis upon early childhood and the elementary years.  Made possible through an endowment from the Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, programs include teachers from both public and private schools, joining together to create learning communities that foster 21st century skills.  

    Our experienced faculty members join with other community educators to offer:

    • Coursework
    • A demonstration site
    • Curricular materials
    • Mentoring relationships

    The PDC builds on established relationships with teachers, schools and universities in the community, formalizing Hanahau‘oli’s commitment to serve a public purpose. 

    Hanahau‘oli’s experiential program is an example of how literacy, an essential factor in school success, can be developed while promoting critical thinking and collaboration. Hanahau‘oli has served for many years as an on-site observation center for teachers and administrators from Hawaii’s public and public charter schools, along with those from independent schools, seeking to learn more about a progressive approach to education. 

    The PDC is a natural outgrowth of the many requests over the years by community educators to visit and observe Hanahau‘oli’s teachers in action and to learn more about project-based learning and their approach to educating children.  

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