Nānākuli-Wai’anae Complex Area

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...

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Recent Posts

Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

Hi Everyone, 
This is a really great 17 minute video to inspire self-care and reaching out to someone... If we can create a model for well-being here in Hawaii, we can make a contribution to the entire world.  (Astronaut Lacy Veach to Nainoa Thompson)

Disrupting Poverty: Creating a Poverty Literate Culture for Student Success

What students wish their teachers knew about poverty!  Worth your time to view this webinar!  Great tips for Teachers working with student who come from poverty!  

Any educator working for more than a few years has witnessed the growing number of students who live in poverty, and knows their job has become more challenging as a result. Much can be learned from educators—some of whom themselves grew up in poverty—who have helped students succeed despite the odds.

Based on recent research focused on these successes, William Parrett and Kathleen Budge, authors of the award-winning ASCD book, Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools, will share a framework for collaborative action in classrooms and schools. Practical strategies and specific examples will "jumpstart" your thinking about what it takes to disrupt poverty's adverse effects on learning to help your students succeed.

At-risk school success stories Succeeding where many have failed: How administrators turn districts arounds

No matter how cutting-edge the technology or advanced the curriculum, students have a hard time mastering essays and equations if they’re hungry, traumatized or feeling marginalized by a textbook’s inaccurate portrayal of their ethnic group.

“If you came to work and hadn’t eaten for a day or two, you wouldn’t be prepared to work,” says Jennings School District Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, who has received national attention for progress that her St. Louis-area system has made since she took over in 2012. “So why would we expect adolescents to come prepared to function mentally and physically without their basic needs being cared for?”

To boost academic outcomes for “at-risk” students—and turn entire underperforming districts around—school leaders now operate social services like food pantries and homeless shelters. In the classroom, teachers lead mental and physical exercises to help students focus on instruction designed to be more relevant to future career aspirations.

(For the rest of this article go to http://www.districtadministration.com/article/risk-school-success-stories)

Let's join the "Pono" Challenge! (Students)

As a cultural response to bullying in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.

E Ola Pono means to live with respect for and in harmony with everyone and everything around you. The annual Statewide E Ola Pono Campaign challenges students to work together on activities or projects that promote pono as a “Way to Be”.

Student led projects and campaigns have proven to be the most effective and powerful initiatives to reduce harassment and bullying in schools.  Addressing this need in a culturally relevant way based on Hawai‘i‘s host culture provides a foundation that can benefit all people who call Hawaii home. 

To live pono is to always strive to do what is right for others and the environment. It is “WE versus “ME” thinking. Living Pono is a universal concept that stretches way beyond Hawaii’s shores.

The Pono Campaign offers students an opportunity to positively influence peers and promote a safe, respect-filled school environment. The Hawai’i Department of Education, the Hawai’i Association of Charter Schools, the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools, and the Governor have all endorsed the E Ola Pono Campaign.

Seth Hill Story (The impact of mentors for students - Middle School and High School)


Assembly of the Healthy Child: The Next Steps (All invested in pre-school)

In her talk "Assembly of the Healthy Child: The Next Steps,” educational psychologist Kathleen Gallagher discusses how investing in high quality early childhood programs, especially for children whose families live in poverty, can transform the wellbeing of entire communities. Dr. Gallagher designs and evaluates approaches that elevate the development and wellbeing of young children, families, and early childhood professionals – particularly in the contexts of poverty, adversity and disability. Dr. Gallagher’s research and applied work focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based approaches that support the learning and well-being of young children, families, and early childhood professionals in the contexts of poverty and disability. Her current projects include 1) an intervention to support toddlers with autism and their families, 2) evaluation of a project to enhance rural North Carolina’s communities’ early childhood systems, 3) development of a mindfulness-based program to enhance the health and well-being of early childhood professionals.