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Dreaming a New World: Clarifying our Vision for Education in Hawaiʻi and Beyond
Social & Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching through the Arts

Course Description

This workshop will be grounded in the Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ) and will focus on supporting Hawaii-based social & emotional learning (SEL) through the arts. This workshop will support teachers in their understanding of SEL practices and provide Hawaii based materials related to SEL, in collaboration with utilizing continental understandings of SEL. 

Overall Themes
  • Understanding DOE’s HĀ Frameworks & the Arts

  • Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching through the Arts

  • Centering Hawai’i, Hawaiian Ideology and Teaching Practices

  • Creating a Vision for Self, Classroom and Community Moving Forward

  • Healing through Culture, Education and Social and Emotional Learning

Event Dates

Friday, Jun 10, 2022  9am-1pm

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022  9am-1pm

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022  9am-1pm

All 3 classes will be held live via Zoom
View course information & Schedule by clicking the access page link.
Optional Opportunity to Create Unit Plans & Earn $2000!

We will NOT be offering PDE3 credits for this course. 

This Summer Institute has a special opportunity for you to participate with the Hawaiʻi Online Portal for Education (HOPE), specifically to join a cohort of teachers and teaching artists who will work on curriculum this year grounded in the the themes of Nā Hopena A'o (HĀ), Arts, Social Emotional Learning and Culture.


To clarify, this year's institute will support you to

  1.  June-July: Create a Unit Plan with three lessons to be shared with other teachers in Hawaiʻi

  2.  August: You will teach this lesson and collect reflections/student work to support your unit plan

  3.  September: You will submit your lessons and student work and be paid a $2000 stipend upon completion



Participants will receive stipends of $2,000 & be asked to commit to the following calendar.

  • June 9, 2022 | 4-5pm - HOPE Onboarding Meeting

  • June 10, 2022 | 9am-1pm - MACC Summer Institute, Day 1

  • June 11, 2022 | 9am-1pm - MACC Summer Institute, Day 2

  • June 12, 2022 | 9am-1pm - MACC Summer Institute, Day 3

  • June 1-July 1, 2022 | Submit HOPE Paperwork & Watch Asynchronous OER Modules through Canvas for HOPE *Updated 6/12/22

  • July 1, 2022 |  9am-1pm Submit Draft Unit/Lesson Plans, Share 2 min Info & Receive Feedback, Adjust Lessons as Needed

  • August, 2022 | Teach Lessons & Collect Student Artifacts to Support Lessons, Adjust Lessons as Needed

  • August 31, 2022 |  - Deadline for Teaching Artists to Upload Curriculum & Final Reports Due 

Presenters & Instructors 
  • Pono Fernandez, Evaluation Specialist, Office of Hawaiian Education

  • Ivee Cruz, Director of Education / Youth Leadership Programs Ceeds of Peace

  • Roberto Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer at Alliance for the 7th Generation

  • Alphabet Rockers, 3x Grammy Nominated Musicians

Roberto connects positive youth development to equity and equitable community development using culturally sustaining pedagogy. He has spent over twenty years in community-based youth development work around the nation and in Europe. He was once labeled an “at-risk student” with learning disabilities as a teen and overcame those labels to earn a college degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that he created, and a master’s degree in Youth Development from University of Illinois at Chicago. He served as a Research Collaborator for CASEL while completing his pre-doctoral fellowship with the Social and Emotional Learning Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Named one of the “Top Young Change Agents in America” by Search for Common Ground Coalition, he strives toward revolutionizing the way organizations, from schools to corporations, can benefit through the use of more equitable practices.  Roberto was named 2018 Forward Under 40 Award Recipient by University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is part of a permanent exhibit in the Illinois Holocaust Museum under their “Upstander” Exhibit, along with other education and civil rights leaders. He is a loving husband and proud father of three boys: Phoenix Justice, and Lorenzo.

Roberto Rivera

Ivee Cruz - Hawaii.jpg

Ivee Cruz is a visionary, creative, facilitator, educator, dancer and conscious spirit. Ivee is passionate about growth, transformation and change. Ms. Cruz is a global citizen, born in the Philippines, raised on the borderlands of California and Mexico, currently blessed to call Hawai'i home. She has lived, worked, and studied in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Ms. Cruz is a lifelong learner and is currently a PhD candidate in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She has a Masters of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts in Global & International Studies and Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Ivee has been an educator for over 20 years in public, private, and charter schools across K-12 and higher education. She has experience in social entrepreneurship, NGOs, non-profit, and governmental sectors. Her contemplative experience includes People of Color Retreats at Deer Park Monastery, Mindful Schools – Educator Training, Greater Good Science Center, and Courage of Care. As a counselor, educator, and facilitator, she aspires to bridge culture, diversity, spirituality, equity, leadership, and consciousness for youth in education.

Ivee Cruz


Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Led by Kaitlin McGaw (she/her)and Tommy Shepherd (he/him), we create brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop. Our assemblies, workshops and curriculum are designed by an intercultural team of expert educators, GRAMMY-nominated artists, parents and young people of all genders. BE YOU! GET LOUD!

Alphabet Rockers


Pono Fernandez is a kupa of Kahalu‘u and product of what she calls the gap in intellectual genealogy. Raised in a Western education system, she reunited with Hawaiian language and knowledge in her college years. She holds BAs in English and Hawaiian and an MA in Hawaiian, but considers herself to be a student of her great-grandfather’s native language. Pono’s work with the Office of Hawaiian Education as an Evaluation Specialist focuses on reestablishing ancestral knowledge as the foundation of education today by rethinking assessment and documenting how the work of the office is grounded in Hawaiian ways of knowing.


E nā ʻaʻali‘i mole pa‘a o ka ‘āina, aloha ‘onipa‘a ‘oukou. He hoa kōko‘olua ka ua mao ‘ole o Kahalu‘u, he hoa kui lima ka ‘ōlelo makuahine, he hoa kūpa‘a ke ‘a‘ali‘i kū makani a he hoa ‘inau ke koa kū ha‘aheo. He ‘auamo au no ke kuleana loiloi, me ona mau mahele e pili ana, no Ke Ke‘ena Ho‘ona‘auao Hawai‘i. He aloha nō a he aloha. ‘O Pono Fernandez ko‘u inoa.

Pono Fernandez

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