December 13, 2018
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Devorah Heitner Talk and Breakfast: Jan. 25, 2019
This event is free and open to HAIS Heads of Schools, Senior administrators, and Technology Directors (limit 3 per school)

From parents who push back on students using tech at school, to parents who text their students all day, to parents posting about specific teachers and school issues, how school leadership (heads of school, principals and administration) can address these issues proactively and support their staff in dealing with these issues.

Time: 7:30am - 10:00am
Location: The Pacific Club
Devorah Heitner Educator Workshop: Jan. 25, 2019
There are many milestones involved in growing up in the digital age. This talk for educators (counselors, educators and school leaders) will inform participants about the latest research on digital natives and helping them to appropriately support young people as they encounter and master these digital skills. The workshop will consist of a talk followed by an interactive facilitated workshop that includes school scenarios related to digital citizenship, classroom management and more.
Time: 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Location: Hanahau'oli Schools
Cost: $100 Member Schools / $125 Non-Member Schools - Limited Space Available!
Devorah H eitner Parent Evening: Jan. 30, 2019
Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. Often, adults are less conscious about what they are modeling with their own relationship with technology. Tech-savvy Digital Natives need mentorship to thrive, develop social skills and succeed in a future where they will likely find a job, meet their spouse and build their reputations in interactive, digital communities. Adults can share our own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor children to become the best people that they can be.

This event is open to parents from HAIS member schools - please contact Megan Polak for the access code . Parents from Hanahau'oli, Punahou, St. Andrew's and St. Louis should contact their school for the appropriate registration code.

Time: 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Location: St. Louis School
Cost: Free for parents from HAIS member schools

This event is sponsored by St. Andrew's, Punahou, Hanahau'oli St. Louis and HAIS
Early Childhood Education Workshop: Feb. 9
Please Note: this workshop is for Preschool-3rd grade teachers, and will count towards DHS training requirements. Certificates will be provided.
This workshop, entitled "Addressing the Nature of Challenging Behav ior in Young Children,' helps you invest your time in understanding more about your children's social-emotional behavior, and how to make sense of challenging behaviors and effective intervention strategies respectful of young learners.
Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Assets High School
Cost: Free
Zoe Randall Project-Based Learning Workshop: Feb. 12-13
This 2-day workshop is intended for beginner through intermediate experience levels. During the workshop, you will learn about how to transform your content through project-based learning and design your own project idea. Using design thinking activities and best practices in PBL, you will leave with a more solid understanding of what a quality project based education looks like. Open to all K-12 educators in all disciplines.
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Hongwanji Mission School
Cost: $350 Member Schools / $375 Non-Member Schools
Zoe Randall Advanced Project-Based Learning Workshop: Feb. 14
In this 1-day workshop, you will take a deeper dive into understanding project based learning through a more in-depth look into project management, assessments, exhibitions and curation of student work. Bring a project idea to tune or a dilemma to present for peer feedback. You will leave feeling confident to take your projects to the next level and get peer feedback to improve your design!
Open to all K-12 educators in all disciplines.
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Hongwanji Mission School
Cost: $175 Member Schools / $200 Non-Member Schools
Navigating Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management in Off-Campus Programs: Feb. 21
A comprehensive overview of international risk management for international education to include global programs, wilderness adventure programs, and multi-day off-campus domestic programs. Lodestone Safety International is a training and consulting company specializing in health, safety, and security for educational organizations operating abroad. 
Date/Time: Feb. 21, 2019, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Punahou School  
Cost: $175 member schools, $200 non-member schools
HAIS at NAIS: Save the Date!
Please Note: this event is open to anyone from HAIS member schools and their guests.
Join us for pupus and drinks at the 2019 NAIS Conference in California!
Date/Time: Feb. 27, 2019, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Long Beach - Seaview C
NBOA 2-Day Workshop: April 9-10
Industry experts from the National Business Officers Association will provide the latest and most relevant information for your roles as an independent school leader or business office professional, tailored to schools in Hawai‘i. The first 3 hours of the workshop will cover fiduciary responsibilities and is intended for school leaders, business officers and trustees. A separate ticket is available for the Fiduciary Training, for those unable to attend the full 2-day workshop.

NBOA is the only national association focused exclusively on supporting independent school business officers and business operations staff, and fostering financial and operational excellence among independent PK-12 schools. 

Dates: April 9 - 10, 2019, 8:30am - 4:00pm (exact time TBD)
Location: 'Iolani School
Cost: Full 2-day workshop + Fiduciary Training - $375 member school & $415 non-members schools. Fiduciary Training Only (April 9th, 8:30 – 11:30 am) - $100 member schools & $125 non-member schools  
New Resource: Helping Students Deal with Tragedy
Under HAIS's Resources & Links for Educators page, a new sub-section is available entitled "Helping Students Deal with Tragedy." Videos, articles, tips, and more can be found here, suggesting different methods and resources of support.
Save the Date: Global Issues Network Conference 2019
Date: March 1 - 3, 2019
Time: Starting Friday at 5:30 pm – Sunday, March 3 at 1:30 pm
Location: Punahou School
More information coming soon!
Questions? Email the GIN Planning Committee
HAIS Admissions Directors Gathered for their annual holiday luncheon!
Upcoming Chaplains Meeting
Who Should Attend: Chaplains and religious leaders of HAIS schools.
Date/Time: Jan. 18, 2019, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location:  Mid Pacific Campus (Educational Technology Room at the Elementary School)
Lunch will be provided.
Questions? Email Chaplain Kahu Wendell
To be added to the HAIS Chaplains Listserv group, please email Megan Polak.
SOTF Conference Updates
Save the Date!
2019 LSOTF Pre-Conference: Oct. 2
2019 SOTF Conference: Oct. 3 - 4
New! All School PD Rate
The All School PD Rate is a 20% discount off the Early Bird ticket price for schools that send their entire faculty to the conference on either 1 or both days. This rate will be available when registration opens in March through August, 2019.
All School PD Ticket pricing: 
1-day ticket - $140 (either Thursday or Friday)
2-day ticket - $280
Please note that we will still offer the 10% group discount rate for groups of 10 or more from the same school or organization.
More information to follow, once registration opens in March.
Dr. Christina Kishimoto
The superintendent of the Hawai'i State Department of Education provided welcome remarks at the 10th annual SOTF Conference.
Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
Tracey's keynote was entitled "The Science in the Art of Teaching," and provided information about the brain that all teachers should know and use to help students in their classrooms.
Community News, Events, and Workshops
HAMLE 2019 Conference - Award Nomination: Submit by Dec. 31
Currently, the Hawai'i Association of Middle Level Education (HAMLE) is nominations for Middle Level Educator of the Year (grades 5 - 9).
Date of Conference: Feb. 19, 2019, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Ewa Makai Middle School
Registration: opens Dec. 1
Language Proficiency Teacher Training Workshops: Registration Ongoing
Dec. 14 - 15: "Teaching for Proficiency;" Learn how to teach for language proficiency by guiding students to interact in the language and use it to communicate about real ideas from day-one of class.
Dec. 16 - 17: “Body and Voice Skills;” Gain physical and vocal strategies for making language more engaging and comprehensible to students.
Location: Hanahau'oli School
Cost: $250 for one workshop (2 days)
$400 for both workshops (all 4 days)
NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Contest Open from Jan. 1 - Mar. 31, 2019
The NPR Student Podcast Challenge is a chance for teachers and students in grades 5-12 to turn their classrooms into production studios, their assignments into scripts, and their ideas into sound. To participate, produce a podcast, 3-12 minutes long. The only equipment needed is a smartphone and a computer, with easily available software. A panel of judges will pick two winners: one from grades 5-8, and one from grades 9-12.
Student Logo Competition for Aquaculture America 2020: Submit by Jan. 15
Aquaculture America is looking for student entries to design the logo for the World Aquaculture Society’s annual conference in 2020. The logo for this conference should take into account the theme, “Hawai'i Aquaculture: A Tradition of Navigating with Innovation, Technology and Culture,” and the unique location and aquaculture history in Hawai'i. For full details and submission requirements, please see their flyer.
Teachers Across Borders Southern Africa for Summer 2019: Apply by Jan. 15
Punahou's South Africa Math-Science Project, now called Teachers Across Borders Southern Africa (TABSA), is a professional team of math and science teachers who assist and mentor colleagues from rural schools in Southern Africa. Each year, colleagues send a list of challenging math and science topics from their curriculum, and the TABSA team prepares innovative lessons. This year, the group is scheduled to work with 300 math and science teachers at the Senior Phase level (Grades 7,8,9). It is a challenging, life changing, personal and professional development experience. Two experienced science teachers are needed to join two veterans from Philips Exeter Academy and Catlin Gabel School on the 2019 team. Please contact Yunus Peer ( for more information if you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the 2019 TABSA Science team.
Dates of Program: June - July 2019
Location: Port Elizabeth and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape Province
Harvard University Extension School Course: Registration Open
The " Neuroscience of Learning: An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health and Education," at the Harvard University Extension School is a semester-long course (15 weeks) open to Graduate, Undergraduate and non-credit students, and taught by one of this year's SOTF Conference Keynote Speakers, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa. This is a 4-credit course as well as a professional development opportunity for teachers, neuropsychologists and educational neuroscientists. Synchronous (live) participation is required for 10 of the 15 weeks.  Weekly sections are obligatory for Master’s students (8 of the 15 sessions live), and optional for others.
Course: Jan. 29 - May 13, 2019; Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm EST
Wildfire Workshop: Registration Open
Punahou School will be hosting a workshop for 21st Century Teaching led by Doris Korda of Wildfire Education. In this 3-day experience, participants will learn how to design a project where student teams solve a problem for a person or organization in the community, helping them to develop skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communications, research, and citizenship. Participants will receive an online teaching toolkit with methods, lesson plans and project designs to tailor to each unique classroom environment. School teams are recommended, with administrator and teaching team (preferably a team of two or more from your school with whom you can co-design and/or co-teach).
Dates: Mar. 21 - 23, 2019
Location: Punahou School
Cost: $1500 per person (scholarships available)
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Youki Terada, Feb. 2018.
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