ʻImi Naʻauao
October 2020

The Hawaii Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (HASCD) is committed to giving back to Hawaii educators by providing and sharing online professional development opportunities and resources during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy to share our newsletter - 'Imi Na'auao.
Although many schools have implemented a trauma-informed approach to caring for students, the emotional distress that educators experience when working with traumatized students is widely overlooked.

Educators can co-create a healing-centered
learning environment with students where
wounds become the wisdom needed to go forward.
As the general election fast approaches, it's time to find out where the candidates stand on key education issues.
Deeper learning requires a psychologically 
safe classroom environment. Here are 
strategies to creating that environment.
Educators cannot be their best selves in this service 
work of teaching if they don't take care of themselves first, writes one State Teacher of the Year.
Kristin Souers and Pete Hall, authors of "Fostering Resilient Learners" and featured speakers at the November virtual ASCD Symposium,  "Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools," talk about how they came to work together and why it was important to address the issue of trauma as it relates to schools and learning.  

The PHP forum was created by principals, for principals to help provide a safe online space to ask relevant questions at any time of the day and get responses from colleagues that face the same challenges as you! Share and learn about innovative ideas around distance learning, school operations and even management tips and tricks during this pandemic.

Sign up today by visiting www.principalshelpingprincipals.com

Looking for more information on Hybrid Learning? Eric Sheninger (@e_sheninger), Associate Partner at the International Center for Leadership in Education, shares that and more on his recent blog posts. Visit Eric's blog at http://esheninger.blogspot.com

What does VUCA stand for, and how does it translate to the school leadership world? Jensen's friend Ray McNulty (@Ray_McNulty) highlights how some districts have managed crises and prepared their students in a recent issue of AASA magazine.

2020 and the COVID -19 challenge will be remembered as the historic rapid deployment of remote/digital/hybrid learning in our nation’s schools. So, what have we learned about our educational system from this challenge? What changes need to be made as we move into the post COVID-19 schools? Our recovery must not be seen as a step back to what was, but rather, a positive step forward for schools and learning in the future. There are important segments from our current system that must remain with us and there are new segments that we must discover and add. We, the educators, must take the lead in creating this agenda needed to insure success for all. Bill Daggett and Ray McNulty will share advice for dealing with the challenges that lie ahead. 
Boss's day is this month and so I would like to take time to thank every Hawaii educational leader. School administrators have stepped up in a time of uncertainty, stress and vulnerability. Author and speaker Brene Brown recently said "A crisis highlights all of our fault lines. We can pretend that we have nothing to learn, or we can take this opportunity to own the truth and make a better future for ourselves and others." Her simple advice for getting through this time: "We have to be intentional about choosing kindness and generosity.”

As we continue to move forward this school year, the next few months will once again test our strength as we adjust with school openings. I wish you the best during this second quarter as you make the necessary decisions for the best possible outcomes for your students, staff and community.

"People look at you and me to see what they are supposed to be. And, if we don't disappoint them, maybe, just maybe, they won't disappoint us." - Walt Disney

Sincerely yours,
President, Hawaii ASCD
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