Hawai'i Green Collar Institute
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A New Professional Development Course for Grades K-12 Teachers Interested in
Connecting Students to All Subject Areas Through Ocean Conservation
In this new course, grades K-12 teachers will learn about various types of marine debris and what can be done to improve environmental conditions so that the ocean, marine life, and people are healthy. This course will give teachers the opportunity to learn first-hand from scientists, resource managers, and community practitioners working on issues related with marine debris in which students could be engaged to become 21st century problem solvers.
This course will be composed of a diverse range of activities such as guest speakers and site visits on the topics of marine debris reduction and prevention, healthy coastline ecosystems, and overall ahupuaʻa (watershed health). Teachers will practice hands-on lesson plans that have a STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, Math) approach.
Dates for this course are: Monday March 28, 2016, Saturday April 9, 2016, and a half-day volunteer field experience of each participant’s choice with an organization that focuses on marine conservation.
To apply, please complete the online application. The fee is $80, which includes supplies and lunch on 2 days. Spaces are limited. Mahalo to the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Hawai'i State Teachers Association for supporting this course. Teachers successful in completing this course will receive 3 PDE3 credits.
Registration is now closed.
A New Professional Development Course for Grades 4-12 Teachers
Interested in Ahupua'a and Place-Based Learning
This course will be composed of a diverse range of activities such as guest speakers and site visits on the topics of water quality monitoring, healthy coastline ecosystems, and overall ahupua'a (watershed health). Teachers will practice hands-on lesson plans that have a STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, Math) approach. Over three days, participants will learn about various aspects of the watershed system from Western and Indigenous Hawaiian perspectives by visiting and studying sites from the mountain to the sea, emphasizing the value of place-based and experiential learning.
The dates of this course are: Saturday January 30, 2016 (8am-4pm), Saturday February 6, 2016 (8am-4pm), and a half-day volunteer field experience of each participant's choice with an organization that focuses on watershed conservation.
To apply, please complete the online application. The fee is $80, which includes supplies and lunch on 2 days. Spaces are limited. Mahalo nui loa to the Environmental Protection Agency and Hawai'i State Teachers Association for supporting this course. Teachers successful in completing all requirements of this course will receive 3 PDE3 credits.
Hawai'i Green Collar Institute
Look to the Limu Program
Keawanui Fishpond, Moloka'i
October 4th - 6th, 2015
We ran our first ever HGCI session on the beautiful island of Moloka'i based at Keawanui Fishpond and it was truly unforgettable! Our 3-day workshop combined both teachers and students representing 3 different islands (O'ahu, Lāna'i, and Moloka'i) making it a very unique learning experience for all. Throughout the 3 days, program participants were immersed in a variety of activities, which included a hike in the Ka'amola ahupua'a to view and learn about the watershed and fishpond from a mauka perspective; we explored the Keawanui fishpond from within discussing native and invasive limu, fish production, and key features of the wall; and heard from respected community leaders such as Stephanie Dunbar, uncle Mac Poepoe, uncle Walter Ritte, and aunty Penny Martin regarding topics of aloha 'āina. We also took an impromptu trip to Hālawa valley and learned about some of the legendary mo'olelo of Moloka'i. This workshop was inspired and is dedicated to the late Uncle Henry Chang Wo who so generously shared his love and knowledge of limu with communities across Hawai'i.
Mahalo nui loa to our generous sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Education and Training Mini-Grant program for providing funding to run this workshop as well as our program partners, For 'Ewa Pono and the Hawai'i State Teachers Association! We also want to send out a special mahalo to Hui o Kuapā for coordinating the speakers and site activities and providing a wonderful space to work and learn alongside each other!
This class is now in session and registration is closed.
We are excited to offer a new course just for teachers to explore the Hawaiian marine environment. This course will give K-12 teachers the opportunity to learn first-hand from scientists and resource managers working with the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and other marine creatures about problems and issues being studied and solutions in which their students could be engaged. Teachers will become familiar with many resources available to them to design STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) lessons that will match their course objectives that are aligned with Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and General Learner Outcomes.
The course will be based at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, and will include a tour of its facilities and programs. This state-of-the-art center is available for tours to schools, providing students with opportunities to pursue follow-up field trips, volunteer programs and internships that will prepare them for college and career-readiness.
The dates of the course are: Monday, June 22, 2015 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 (9:00 am - 11:00 am) and a date of each participant's choice for volunteer service with a marine conservation organization for three hours.
Teachers will receive a resource packet with materials, including a new children’s story on the Hawaiian monk seal that they can use with their students. Teachers successful in completing this course will receive 2 PDE3 credits (course # IS179813).
To apply, please complete the online application. Spaces are limited. Mahalo to NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region Office and Hawai'i State Teachers Association for supporting this course.