February 6, 2020
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Unlocking Learner Variability: Tools and Strategies for Differentiated Learning
On Hawaii Island
Helping educators develop a deeper understanding of learner variability, this workshop covers everything from theory to classroom implementation. Rooted in critical thinking and using design thinking strategies, participants will create an action plan for unlocking differentiated, personalized and individualized learning for their own learning environments.

About the presenter:
Through research and in the classroom, Susannah Johnson spent eight years developing truly individualized instruction that is grounded in critical thinking, and is redefining what it means to be an educator. Susannah received her Master of Education degree in 2016, and is a five time presenter at the Schools of the Future Conference. Susannah continues to pursue knowledge and evolving educational strategies, using her own global explorations to ignite ideas in education progress.
Date & Location: Feb. 13 - Hawai'i, Royal Kona Resort
Time: 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free, thanks to the support of the Oak Foundation, at the Hawaii Community Foundation.
Early Childhood Learning Workshops for DHS Credit
On Kauai
(This workshop is intended for Preschool-3rd grade teachers. Certificates will be issued towards DHS training requirements.)
The day will be led by 3 Hawai'i-based early childhood learning experts, each offering a breakout session that will explore one of the topics. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role of each of these themes in early childhood development and will leave with tools that can be implemented in their own classrooms.
Date, Location and Time:   February 29 - Kauai, Island School. 8:00am - 1:30pm
Cost:  $20 (snacks, beverages, & lunch included)
HAIS Learning Walk @ Mid-Pacific Institute: Feb. 18
(Please note: this event is for HAIS member schools only)
Topic: Designing for Authentic Experiences using a Project Based Learning (PBL) Framework.
In this learning walk you will discuss, observe and unpack our thinking about PBL in action. You will create and evaluate indicators of quality experiences and identify quick wins to take back to your schools and classrooms.
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Location:  Mid-Pacific Institute
Cost: $30 (breakfast and lunch included)
HAIS @ NAIS Reception
This event is open to anyone from HAIS member schools and their guests.
Attending the NAIS Conference? Join us at the HAIS Reception sponsored by SODEXO!
Date: Feb. 26, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, Head House Tower Lounge (9th Floor)
Cost: Free
Project Scoop! Kupu Hou 1/2 Day Workshop Offered in Partnership with HAIS: Feb. 29
This is a hands-on workshop exploring tools, resources, and assessment practices to support project-based learning. You will participate in a quick Project Experience that models a design thinking process. After participating in the experience, we will uncover the aspects in it that align with powerful Project-Based Learning. You will use these features to map out a plan for a project you might design and implement.
Times: 8:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Mid-Pacific Institute
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
GIN Conference: Mar. 6 - 8
The theme of the conference is “2020 Vision: EnGINeering the Future, Respecting our Roots.” Engineering, in relation to both inventions and ideas, is the propellant into the future of a more sustainable lifestyle; both cultural and environmental aspects will brought in to “respect our roots.” The 2020 GIN Conference prioritizes the education and empowerment of students through hands-on projects promoting environmental sustainability. Maui Preparatory Academy hopes to spark inspiration and innovation, so students can begin their own projects promoting environmental sustainability and GIN values when they return to their schools and communities.
Times: Mar. 6, 4:30pm - Mar. 8, 12:00pm
Location: Maui Preparatory Academy
Cost: $50
HAIS Learning Walk @ Mid-Pacific Institute: Apr. 15
(Please note: this event is for HAIS member schools only. Appropriate for Early Childhood Learning and PreK-5 Educators)
Topic: Deepening our understanding of Inquiry Practice: Looking to designing learning from children's questions.
In this learning walk you will consider the hallmarks of inquiry practice in an early learning setting and elementary rooms. In an Inquiry approach, students' questions, observations, teacher-selected images, recordings, etc. — provocations — guide and shape the learning path and experiences. Teachers are mindful of the ways that they document and analyze student learning to help plan forward.
Students lead the learning, while teachers guide and coach along the way. Inquiry is marked by discovery and the co-construction of knowledge. You will observe preschool and elementary classrooms (up to grade 5) and debrief the observations with teachers. Participants will create a plan for implementing a small inquiry process for their learners and school.
Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Location:  Mid-Pacific Institute
Cost: $30 (breakfast and lunch included)
Kupu Hou 1/2 Day Workshop Offered in Partnership with HAIS: Apr. 18
In this workshop, "Assessment and the role of sitting beside in service for learning," participants will look at the role of assessment in providing meaningful feedback to learners. Attendees will look at a variety of student work, develop criteria for quality learning, and practice implementing their assessment plan with each other to strengthen their understanding of assessment, and leave with strategies and practices in applying these to the classroom.
Times: 8:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Mid-Pacific Institute
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
HAIS Learning Walk @ Punahou School: Save the Date!
(Please note: this event is for HAIS member schools only)
Topic: Competency based learning
Date: May 6
Location:  Punahou School
Cost: $30 (lunch included)
Cyber Safety Leadership Summit for Independent Schools: July 21 - 22
Presented by the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS)
In a world where we can no longer ignore cyber threats, independent schools are no exception. Thought leaders from the independent school community lead this in-depth 2-day workshop on cybersecurity and risk management. Participants will review ATLIS recommendations and apply community best practices for securing digital resources. The summit will include time for reflection and planning the necessary work of leading their schools in an implementation roadmap for integrating safe practices for data management and cyber safety. With this essential leadership programming, you will take important steps to protect your school and its most valuable resources from the real dangers that threaten its cyber safety. Speakers will be drawn from experienced practitioners and technology leadership in the ATLIS community. Local speakers may provide case study experience from implementing recommendations after previous ATLIS programming. Other speakers may include other local professionals.
Location:  Punahou School
Cost: HAIS & ATLIS Member - $395 / Non-Member - $445
MLTSinHawaii - A Progressive's Progressive: Jan. 6
Dr. Amber Makaiau, Director of the Professional Development Center at Hanahau'oli School (and faculty at our College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa), explores the meaning and application of "progressive" in education on the What School Could Be in Hawai'i Podcast.
MLTSinHawaii - Cultural Context Really Matters: Feb. 4
Chris Stapleton, Principal at the Asia Pacific International School on O'ahu's North Shore, was just featured on the What School Could be in Hawai'i Podcast. His vision for education technology, problem-based, culture-based, East-Meets-West-based teaching and learning will be important to conversations about school design in the years ahead. This podcast episode is a wonderful journey through a number of great ideas and concepts.
HAIS Schools Re-Use: Items Available
Schlack Ito, a limited liability law company, currently has 18 phones that they are looking to donate to a independent school that may need new phones. The phones are in good condition and work fine. 
If you are interested, please contact Jeffery S. Piper, Esq .
HAIS 50 Year Commemorative Book Available for Purchase!
"Building a Community: The First Fifty Years of HAIS" is a tribute to the founders of the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools, its founding member schools, its past board members and committee chairs, and to its association presidents over the years. It's also a tribute to those who serve HAIS today - on committees, boards, and staff. It is the people of HAIS who over the past fifty years have fashioned an organization that provides a valuable voice in education in the state of Hawai'i, advocating for an high-quality learning experience for all children.

About the Authors:
Robert M. Witt  was the first Executive Director of HAIS, serving from 1989-2014. Under his leadership, the association grew in number of members, breadth of program offerings, and statewide influence regarding education. 
Daniel E. White  was the founding Head of School for Island Pacific Academy after serving as an Head at 3 other schools in California and Hawai'i. He was a member of the HAIS Board of Directors for 12 years and served as Board President from 2008-2010.

Cost: $25 (plus shipping)
HAIS Science Fair Judges Needed: Feb. 15
By volunteering as a HAIS Science Fair judge, you can play a large part in the success of students in their pursuit of science and engineering education here in Hawai'i. We hope you will be willing to play a pivotal and inspirational role at the HAIS District Science Fair on February 15, 2020.
Location: Hanalani Schools
Questions: Michelle Bradley (HAIS Science Fair Coordinator), or Brian Dote (Judge Coordinator)
HCPS Licensing Mandated for All Private Schools: Act 227
Please be advised that all private schools, both non-profit and for-profit, must be licensed by HCPS and/or accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.
As stated in an earlier e-news letter and discussed in an article from the Star Advertiser, "Law Requires Hawaii’s Private Schools to be Licensed or Accredited", the Senate/House Conference Committee passed SB 980, which was written into law as Act 227, on July 2, 2019. This law clarified that all private schools, both non-profit and for-profit, must be licensed by HCPS and/or accredited by a nationally-recognized accrediting agency. Act 227 will become effective on July 1, 2020, which provides schools a year to comply with licensure. For more details on Act 227, or the history or process of Licensing, please see the links below.
If you are unsure of your school's licensure, know of a school that isn't licensed, or have any questions or concerns about the new law, please contact  Kelley Rahn , Licensing & Membership Manager, or  Sophie Halliday , Director of Accreditation & Licensing.
HAIS Meetings
HAIS HR Professionals Constituency: Feb. 19
(Please note: this meeting is intended for HR professionals at HAIS member schools)
Join HR managers from HAIS schools for an afternoon of conversation, information sharing, troubleshooting, and current issue discussion.
Date: Feb. 19, 2020
Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm
Location:  Le Jardin Academy
Cost: Free (Lunch included)
Mahalo to Mutual of America for their Sponsorship!
HAIS Business Officers Symposium: RSVP by Feb. 21
(Please note: this meeting is intended for Business Officers at HAIS member schools, and attendance may be limited to only 2 attendees per school)
2 companies will be presenting on topics useful to Business Officers, back-to-back, on Mar. 6. Karen Hsu from Atlas Insurance will update attendees on changes to ACA in 2019 and Pending ACA changes, and Ron Beckmann from Community Brands will speak on 'Maximizing Net Tuition Revenue by Right Sizing your Financial Aid.'
Date: Mar. 6
Time: 7:30am - 12:00pm
Location:  The Pacific Club
Questions: Corinne Alonzo
HAIS Admissions Officers Constituency: Save the Date!
(Please note: this meeting is intended for Admissions Officers at HAIS member schools)
Join Admissions professionals from HAIS schools for an afternoon of conversation, information sharing, troubleshooting, and current issue discussion.
Date:  May 5
More info to come!
Schools of the Future Updates
NEW Registration Opens March 2!

Early Bird Rates:
$350 - 2-Day Ticket: October 26 & 27
$175 - 1-Day Ticket: October 26
$175 - 1-Day Ticket: October 27
$125 - 1-Day Ticket: October 28 (LSOTF Post-Conference Only)
$440 - LSOTF 3-Day Ticket (October 26, 27 & 28)
NEW Keynote Speaker Announcements!
Eric Scheninger, October 26
Eric, a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the  International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), was, prior to this, an award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. He oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. To learn more about Eric, please visit his  website.
Scott Barry Kaufman, October 27
A humanistic psychologist exploring the depths of human potential, Scott is interested in using his  research  to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and self-actualized life. He is a professor at  Columbia University  where he teaches courses on creativity and well-being, and he is director of research at the 
2e Center, Bridges Academy . To learn more about Scott please visit his  website .
NEW Featured Speaker Announcements!
Steve Barrett
Director of Outreach, Wildwood School
Dinah Becton-Consuegra
Director of Partnership Development, PBLWorks
Kristen Jacobsen
Co-Director, 360 Thinking Cognitive Connections
Arnold Laanui
Director of Extensions at Waipahu High School, Hawai'i Department of Education
Tim Leet 
Executive Director, Heart of Character
SOTF Videos & Stories Now Available for Viewing!
All of the videos and stories from the 2019 SOTF Conference are now up and ready for viewing on the Pillars of Peace website, including the Opening Remarks & Keynote from Salman Khan on Oct. 3, and the Opening Remarks & Keynote from Jennie Magiera on Oct. 4:
The Call for Proposals is Open! Deadline for Submission: Mar. 15, 2020
Be a part of the 12th annual Schools of the Future Conference! We are seeking proposals related to pedagogy and best teaching practices to help educators prepare student learners for the future. This year's conference will take place on Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27. For more information about the conference, please visit the HAIS SOTF Webpage. Stay tuned for Early Bird Registration, which will open in March.
To submit a proposal, please complete the 2020 SOTF Proposal Form. Please note that student participation in presentations in highly encouraged. There will also be a separate call for proposals for student sessions, in late spring.

Notifications will be sent by April 30, 2020.
Community News, Events, and Workshops
Girls Who Code Program
The Girls Who Code program helps schools establish extracurricular computer coding clubs for girls in grades 3 - 5 and 6 - 12. There are more than 10,000 clubs that exist in the U.S and 12 clubs in the state of Hawai'i. For more details on the program, or to look into starting a club, please see their website.
Deep Listening Workshops: Register by Feb. 14
" Creating Authentic Connections through Deep Listening" is a 2-day workshop offered in 2 sessions best suited for grades 6 - 12 teachers. At its core, an educational institution is a community of people on a journey together. The Stanley H. King Institute offers a tool kit for teachers, advisors, and administrators to support students on this journey. In addition, the deep listening skills are just as effective in nurturing authentic relationships with, and in support of, colleagues, friends and families.
Dates/Times Session 1: Mar. 3 - 4, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Dates/Times Session 2: Mar. 5 - 6, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Punahou School
Cost: non-HAIS members $350 / HAIS members $250 (per participant for 2 days. Light breakfast and lunch provided).
HPU Preview Day: Feb. 15
Hawai'i Pacific University Preview Day is HPU's open house for prospective undergraduate students and their families. These events allow students to explore academic offerings, meet faculty and current students, learn about extracurricular opportunities, tour the campus and see if HPU is the right place for them.
Times: 7:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Aloha Tower Marketplace Downtown Campus
MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge 2020: Register by Feb. 21
The M3 Challenge is an Internet-based applied math competition for high school juniors and seniors known for inspiring them to pursue STEM majors and careers. Working in teams of 3 - 5, participants solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue in 14 hours. Extra credit awards are available to teams that employ technical computing/code in their solutions. The contest is open to all U.S. students and will award top teams this year with $100,000 in scholarships toward the pursuit of higher education.
Registration Deadline: Feb. 21 by 4:00pm EST
Challenge Weekend Dates: Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2020
Cost: Free
Brown University's Choices Program: Feb. 21 - 22
The Choices Program at Brown University will hold 2 days of workshops for secondary level social studies teachers at the La Pietra Hawai'i School for Girls. The programs are open to all middle and high school social studies teachers. 
Dates: Feb. 21, 12:00pm - 6:00pm. Feb. 22, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Location: La Pietra - Hawai'i School of Girls
Cost: $75 per day
Put a Little Love in Your Art Workshop: Mar.   13, 2020
The creative arts can provide a rich adjunct to teaching efforts aimed at increasing self-awareness, empathy, and emotional expression in students of all ages. This workshop will present educators (of all grade levels), and other helping professionals working with children and adolescents, with the opportunity to experience firsthand the power of the creative arts in Social-Emotional Learning activities. 
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location:   Hanahau'oli School Professional Development Center
Cost:   $160
Preschool Open Doors Application: Apply by Mar. 31
The Preschool Open Doors application period is Jan. 2 - Mar. 31. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
2020 ACUW Scholarship: Apply By Apr. 20
The 2020 Associated Chinese University Women (ACUW) Scholarship Committee is seeking to award the following college scholarships and academic monetary awards:

  • 3 $4,000 college scholarships to high school seniors or college students who will be full time undergraduates of an accredited American university or 4-year college for the 2020-21 year.
  • 1 $4,000 graduate student scholarship in any field of study for a college student enrolled full time in a masters or doctoral degree program administered by the Graduate Division of UH, of a professional degree administered by the Shidler School of Business, William S. Richardson School of Law, or John A. Burns School of Medicine for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • 4 $200 cash awards to high school students in the Senior and Junior Division of the Hawaii State Engineering and Science Fair.
  • 2 $100 cash awards to high school students in the Hawaii State History Day Competition.

Scholarships shall be awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need, good character, extra-curricular activities, and involvement in School and/or community service. For additional requirements and eligibility details, please see the ACUW website.
For full scholarship requirements and eligibility details, please see the ACUW website.
Learning Across Borders (LAB) Hawai'i State Round: Apr. 25
LAB is a Hawai'i-based educational nonprofit for students and educators from the Asia-Pacific region interested in environmental science. Students must prepare and present a project related to the annual theme (Changing Climate, Changing Planet) at the Hawai'i state round. Selected participants will be invited to participate in the Global LAB scheduled for mid-July in Thailand. Past participating schools from Hawai'i include 'Iolani School, Island School, Punahou School, Sacred Hearts Academy, and Waipahu High School.
Date: Apr. 25
Location: Sacred Hearts Academy
Questions: The LAB Program
Mark Leon Invitational: July 17 - 19
The Mark Leon Invitational is an International robotics tournament in Hawai'i. Teams compete in the VEX IQ and VRC 2020-2021 challenge.
Location: Saint Louis School
VIQC Questions: Adria Fung
VRC Questions: Travis Takashima
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Featured Video and Articles
TEDx: The Boost Students Need to Overcome Obstacles - Anindya Kundu
Features: How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren't enough; students also need to develop their agency, or their capacity to overcome obstacles and navigate the system. He shares hopeful stories of students who have defied expectations in the face of personal, social and institutional challenges.
Kathryn Nieves, Jan. 2020.
Marc Brackett & Diana Divecha, Jan. 2020.
Peter Gray, Nov. 2019.
Amadou Diallo, Mar. 2019.
Visit the HAIS Video Library and the Links & Resources page for additional articles and videos.
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