Over the past few years, the Hawai’i State Department of Education began implementing new social studies standards—called the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework—that require inquiry-based teaching practices and use place-based resources. For the many teachers who are not originally from Hawai’i, but who teach Hawaiian students —both those who have grown up in the state and those of Native Hawaiian ancestry—this posed some difficulty. In addition to needing opportunities to educate themselves about Hawai‘i’s history and culture, teachers needed primary resources to help them incorporate what they learned into the classroom. In response to this need, the Mānoa Heritage Center leveraged an NEH grant to create a program that helps ground local teachers in place-based learning and integrate Native Hawaiian cultural resources into their classrooms.
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