ʻImi Naʻauao
March 2021

In these challenging times, the Hawaii Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (HASCD) is committed to leaning into our mission to serve as a resource to all educators of Hawaii. We are happy to share our newsletter, 'Imi Na'auao, which means to seek enlightenment, wisdom and education.
It can be easy to focus on where we hope to land and lose sight of the deliberate daily actions that constitute the equity journey.
The education of Black boys requires a sincere, authentic commitment to seeing the absolute best in them.
Let's radically imagine and implement new ways of nurturing reading instruction for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students.
Chess is popular again, thanks to the pandemic and Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. One principal shares why all students should learn to play.
Through developing an accountability practice and harnessing our self- and social awareness, we can begin the process of healing from the trauma of racism.
Staci Benak demonstrates how student learning communities have the potential to 
upgrade collaborative learning and avoid its common pitfalls. When students experience SLCs,
they learn more and they develop a set of skills that will serve them well throughout life.
Education Reflections 
with Hawaii State Teacher Fellows


Karly Russell has been teaching science for seven years and is a Hawaii State Teacher Fellow. She is passionate about changing science education and assessment to meet the needs of future students.

HASCD is proud to partner with Kanoelani Elementary School to present:
Choose Love 2.0, a Virtual Conference

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Cost: $25 per person
Register online at: http://bit.ly/2YQfoDW


HASCD Educator Eric Sheninger shares his 8 elements of effective coaching. Coaching takes the “why” and moves educators along a continuum of effectively leading change and what can be used to show success.


You may not know that besides my volunteer service to HASCD, I'm also part of the Hawaii DOE. I decided to return to a school level position starting this month. The work is hard, and my feet are sore at the end of each day, but it's so rewarding to serve our students first hand again. As I visit classrooms and walk the campus, I'm reminded how hard people are working during this time, and I know this is not unique... its happening at all schools. No matter your role in education, thank you for your service to students!

"We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Sincerely yours,
President, Hawaii ASCD
Connect with me on social media @jjpball