Lynne Truair and I arrived back in Honolulu to stunning blue skies, a stack of mail and a hundred unanswered emails (the server was down at the Melbourne apartment). Top of the e-list was the successful kick off of the SEED Academy, an experimental school-within-a-school program.
The program is a result of a partnership between the University of Hawaiâ€˜i MÃ¥noa Office of Student Equity Excellence & Diversity (SEED), Kapolei High School, isisHawaii and Ainoa, Inc.. With Lynn Fujioka at the helm, the SEED Academy has finally achieved its official launch.
It works like this. During traditional school hours, SEED Academy students receive academic core instruction (e.g., English, history, mathematics, science. social studies, etc.) through virtual delivery. "Liveâ€ teachers, are available for course guidance and to aide in on-line navigation. After traditional school hours, SEED Academy students attend project-based, hands-on, inquiry led courses by active professionals in their field. The 2008-9 roster includes: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and leadership (that’s me).
The pilot program has already received rave reviews from students, teachers and principals with 4 other schools asking to participate in January 2009.
I kick off our 3 day course titled "Life Without Limits – Global Leadership in the 21st Century" on Friday. It runs for a full day for 3 Fridays in a row and has already been nicknamed ‘Leadership Friday’ by the students.
I’m at extreme excitement!! I have spent hours with educators, concerned parents and students looking for a rebirth in our educational methodologies. After 5 years of focused dialogue we have finally stepped forward with a new model. We will ‘kaizen’ (tweak and improve) it from here.
Aloha for now. I’ll keep you posted as we progress!