In January, visiting educators convened at Punahou for an informal lunchtime panel discussion on the future of education. During the professional development opportunity, Punahou faculty had the chance to bounce ideas off the presenters.
While the most profound impact of Punahou's financial aid program is on the families who receive aid, increased access to a Punahou education has impacted the entire student body which is increasingly economically and culturally diverse.
Last spring, Punahou students from grades 4 – 11 created an interactive, virtual model of the Junior School Learning Commons by harnessing augmented reality technology. The project was led by Malia Kiang '18 and Carson Loughridge '22, who handled the production and programming, respectively. In June, Kiang and Loughridge shared their work with hundreds of reunioning alumni during Alumni Celebration.
Wo International Center's Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) was launched at Punahou in 2010, and has inspired a community of international youth leaders who are engaged in understanding shared global challenges and who galvanize positive social change. In 2016, a second SGLI was introduced in Hyderabad, India, at Oakridge International School. Each year, a theme is chosen to guide students' thinking. This year's theme is peace.
We asked some of the members of the Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology (D-MET) department to describe the type of learning that the K – 12 Learning Commons will facilitate.