ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Trainings for Educators
Register Now For Hawaiʻi Island Educator Training:
Hawaiʻi Island educators are invited to participate in Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s curriculum training created especially for teachers who want to use ʻĀINA In Schools lessons with their students! The ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Training for Educators includes hands-on nutrition, garden, and composting lesson activities, introduction to and modeling of curriculum units by KHF staff, and guided support towards successful integration of nutrition education and garden-based learning.
Saturday, March 11, 9:30am - 4:30pm, Kanu o ka ʻĀina Learning ʻOhana, Waimea. Register by Sunday, March 5 and find more details via this link.
Successful Educator Trainings on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi
Over 60 educators from Oʻahu and Kauaʻi participated in February’s ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Trainings for Educators. A majority of these teachers have registered to receive PDE3 credits upon completion of the series. On Oʻahu, teachers learned about the spring standards-based ʻĀINA Garden Units for Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 that address the following themes: plant life cycles, pollination, plant parts, companion plants, garden creatures, observations, elements of nature, traditional Hawaiian food plants, Hawaiian endemic and Polynesian introduced plants, and gardeners as scientists. This training also covered the Spring Nutrition Education Curriculum, which includes standards-based nutrition lessons written for grades 2 and 6. Additionally, the teachers learned to use a series of standards-based ʻĀINA Compost Lessons for Grade 3 which focuses on three composting techniques: aerobic composting, vermicomposting, and bokashi composting by making their own batch of handmade bokashi. Kauaʻi educators focused on the first half of the Nutrition Curriculum and will complete the spring lessons in a March training. A smaller group of teachers as well as partners from Mālama Kauaʻi focused on garden lessons and composting. A highlight of these trainings were hands-on cooking stations with ‘ĀINA Garden and Nutrition lesson recipes for sauteed ‘uala lau, kōʻele palau, banana sorbet, and breakfast parfaits!