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Project HI Aware and School Climate Transformation

Now is the Time...

Children are the Priority, 

Change is the Reality, 

Collaboration is the Strategy

Promoting Mental Health...

Improving Academics! http://tinyurl.com/MHacademicsVideo                  

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Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

What Teachers Make

Taylor Mail provides the ultimate comeback for anyone with the audacity to ask what a teacher makes.  Inspirational for students, parents, families, community organizers, teachers, educational staff etc.   

Principal Kafele says, "You can't teach them if you don't know them!"

Principal Baruti Kafele, Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Hawaii Department of Education Edcuational Leadership Institute (ELI) says that positive teacher-student relationships are absolutely crucial to optimal student achievement.  More Principal Kafele Videos and support for teachers, parents, support staff at http://www.principalkafele.com/

5 Essential Questions... For teachers, for students, for success!

Listen to Dean James Ryan deliver his graduation speech to the Harvard Graduate School of Education students in light of the students they will teach... so they will feel beloved by their teachers.

Wait... What?  Root of all understanding
I wonder why/if?  At the heart of all curioisty
Couldn't we at least? Beginning of all progress
How can I help? Base of all good relationships
What truly matters... (to me)?  Leads you to the heart of life
Bonus Question:  Did you get what you wanted out of life, even so...?

Understanding Trauma Inspires Parents to Become Leaders (English)

San Diego’s Cherokee Point Elementary School has drawn national attention for its approach to school success centered on addressing the impact of childhood trauma and adversity. Parent involvement is a key strategy, including workshops on parenting, self-care, resilience and communication. As parents learn more about themselves and each other, they have been inspired to take on leadership roles in the school and community.

Hawaii schools struggle to help growing number of homeless students

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - McKinley High School special education teacher Laverne Moore has spent 47 years in the classroom.

Over the past decade, she's witnessed a disturbing trend: More of her students living on the street.

"I believe our no. 1 issue working with our homeless students is their uncertainty when they leave after school each day," Moore said. "They truly don't know if their tents will be there. If their families will be there."

Today, almost every school in the state has at least one homeless student, the state Department of Education reports.

By far the hardest hit communities are on Oahu's Leeward coast, where 754 students don't have a permanent place to live.

When students enroll in public school, their parents must fill out a form that asks them where they live. 

In 2016, 3,576 students reported they didn't have a permanent place to stay, according to DOE figures. That's up 50 from the year before.

The total number of homeless students equates  to at about 2 percent of the state's public school population, but officials say they believe many homeless students aren't identified.

"Some of the families will come forward," said said DOE homeless concerns liaison Cheryl Saito. "Others will remain hidden so to speak. They don't want all the attention."

The state provides homeless students with a backpack full of basic supplies, transportation and two hot meals a day. 

However, many teachers go far beyond what's required.

"I've paid for lost books. I've paid for cap and gowns. I've paid for them to go and make up a class," Moore said. "Other teachers have paid for them to go on prom. You would be surprised how many teachers go beyond so that their students would have a break in life."

This year, eight of Moore's 80 students are homeless. Only three show up to class on a regular basis."They come in and they're hungry. They're really hungry," she said. "It carries over in their emotional ability to do the school work."

She Raised a Glass of Water...

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water.
Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the glass down.

The game that can give you 10 extra years of life (Adults and Teens)

When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

Creating a Culture of Compassion: Trauma-Informed Community School

At San Diego’s Cherokee Point Elementary School, many children struggle with the effects of community violence, growing up with abusive parents and other forms of childhood trauma. Instead of punishing or ignoring the symptoms of trauma, this 15-minute video tells the story of how Cherokee Point has engaged teachers, students, parents and many others in creating a culture of compassion where students and their families are thriving.  


Principal Godwin Higa is a Castle High School graduate, Proud Class of 1971.  

Restorative Practices - Azim Khamisa and TKF

The TKF is a Safe School Model Targeting Middle School

Since its inception, TKF’s efficacy is about stopping youth violence and promoting child well-being. 

For participating students, the model is designed to enhance communication skills, teach problem solving techniques, discuss consequences, promote healthy decision making, encourage civic engagement and provide adult role models. The model is evaluated on the quantifiable variables of school attendance, disciplinary referrals and suspensions to ensure provable outcomes. The service elements of the model include the following:

TKF targets middle schools because national research has identified the adolescent ages between 11 and 13 as the peak onset for youth violence and the primary time for prevention. When one listens to young adults battling delinquency, drugs, gangs and other negative situations, you hear their common starting point for trouble is usually sixth or seventh grade. Middle schools have the highest levels of behavioral problems which not only impacts each child’s learning but the health and culture of an entire campus. Violent destructive behaviors at this age disrupt the lives of young people during a critical development period when they should be receiving their education, learning life skills, and taking on new responsibilities. Patterns of suspensions in middle school are clear indicators of future difficulties for youth if not addressed here.

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.
Roots of Empathy's mission is to build caring, peaceful, and
civil societies through the development of empathy
in children and adults.