On 3 March, CPIS hosted a workshop to review a curriculum unit piloted at 5 middle schools across the state during January and February. The curriculum targets Hawai‘i State Department of Education (DOE) geography benchmarks and was developed by retired DOE resource teacher Donna Mills, DOE staff Pauahi Kazunaga and Big Island teachers Nino Murray and Peter Wagner, with the assistance of Tisha Hickson and Julie Walsh. The group reviewed the aims of the curriculum and the teachers shared their experiences of using the curriculum and suggested activities. The teachers—Nino Murray and Peter Wagner from Hawai‘i, Renee Adams from Maui, and Sean Johnston and Tracy Palmgren from O‘ahu—shared examples of their students’ work from the pilot curriculum and the creative ways they tweaked the lessons to meet the needs and strengths of students.
The teachers’ suggestions are being incorporated into the final curriculum which will be launched via the CPIS website before the start of the 2012–2013 school year. The goal is to provide a Hawai‘i State standards-based resource for Hawai‘i social studies teachers who teach Hawaiian Studies and Pacific Island Studies to 7th grade students.
Curriculum workshop participants.