The three-day Global Education Teachers Strand brought together educators from nine different countries. During the fifth annual workshop, which coincided with Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI), teachers discussed and explored what it means to be a global educator.
"What are the core concepts and elements in our bold and transformative vision and definition of personalized learning?" This was one of the questions at the heart of the Punahou Lab School, which emphasizes teachers collaborating with other educators through facilitated inquiry and dialog.
In their sixth year and every five years thereafter, Punahou Academy teachers participate in a Haku year, in which they reflect on their teaching practices as part of ongoing professional development. Teachers investigate a topic of their choice that has both curricular and personal importance.
In July 2015, Mike Lippert, Academy Music Department head and choir teacher, and Amanda Lippert, K — 1 music teacher, with their two children, Greg '26 and Nohea '29, embarked on a life-changing journey that took them 7,000 miles away from Hawai'i. Their destination, Budapest, Hungary, would be their new home for six months while Mike and Amanda furthered their learning at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét.
"You are the families who have helped build this school," said President Jim Scott '70 to approximately 80 guests gathered at the Punahou President's Pavilion on the afternoon of March 16, 2017.