Monday, July 21, 2014

National History Day Professional Development Opportunity: Project-based Curriculum

National History Day wants to expand and support professional development for Social Studies teachers, English teachers, and School Librarians across the nation and around the world.  

For the last twenty years, NHD has developed materials, lessons, and summer institutes to help teachers improve their content knowledge and their strategies for working with students. In an effort to reach a larger number and broader scope of teachers across the nation, NHD has begun offering online professional development – webinars and hangouts designed to help teachers learn from their homes and classrooms.  

In September 2014, NHD will offer an online graduate course for secondary teachers and librarians who want to implement a project-based curriculum into their secondary classrooms using the framework of the NHD program. The course will provide practical advice as well as pedagogical strategies. Teachers will earn three graduate credits from the University of San Diego while creating classroom-ready materials customized to the needs of their students.

The course will run from September 15 to December 15, 2014. Teachers will work on independently-paced modules with weekly deadlines. This allows a teacher to complete his or her work at any time of day from anywhere in the world.

The cost of the course is $600, which includes tuition and materials. Enroll now – space is limited. Registration will close on Friday, August 15, 2014. Join us and see how this strategy can revolutionize the teaching of history in your classroom.

Note: Each state, school district, and state recognizes credit differently. Please review this course with your school to make sure that credits will be accepted at the end.

Iolani Palace Announces 2014 Queen Kapiolani Evening Tours

(Photo credit: Tina Mahina from the 2013 evening tours).
From Iolani Palace in Honolulu:
We are pleased to announce the date of the 2014 Queen Kapiolani Evening Tours to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Her Majesty's birth. 
This special event will be held on Saturday, December 27th from 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm. 
Please check our website periodically for updates on the entertainment lineup and other info.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Conference Reflections from Keynote Speaker Ret. Brig. General Frances I. Mossman

We just received this note from my good friend and keynote speaker, Brig. Gen. Frances Iwalani Mossman. 

I wish to share the credit for this with all of the speakers, presenters, museum coordinators and staff, the National Council for History Education, and the officers and directors of History Education Hawaii. I am personally very humbled and appreciative.


Jeffrey Bingham Mead, 
President, Co-founder of History Education Hawaii, Inc.

You put together a very interesting and productive first conference for the History Education Council of Hawaii. May there be many more such conferences and programs.
I very much enjoyed meeting the presenters and attendees at the first day of the conference, which I attended. I am impressed with the important work they are doing and their commitment to education and their students. I plan to follow-up with several people to learn more about their programs.
You have been an avid, determined and relentless advocate of the history education vision, purpose and mission from the very beginning. Yes, I clearly remember our early discussions about this program and its potential. Without your vision, dedication and guidance, the History Education Council and program for Hawaii would have died years ago.
This year’s conference established the concept and benefits of combining educational presentations with visits to actual historic sites, memorials, and museums. This combination has great potential.
Thank you, Jeffrey, for inviting me to be a part of the program and your team of dedicated educators.
Very best wishes for the success of your future endeavors,
Frances I. Mossman, JD, AICP
Brig/Gen., USAF (ret.)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Conference Sessions: Native Hawaiians in the American Civil War by Dr. Justin Vance Ed.D, Associate Professor of History at Hawaii Pacific University

Dr. Justin Vance Ed.D, Associate Professor of History at Hawaii Pacific University, delivered a presentation on the history of Native Hawaiians in the American Civil War at our History Education Hawaii Summer 2014 conference in Honolulu. 

Dr. Vance mentioned that the Hawaiian Kingdom proclaimed neutrality. John Wood Bush was one Native Hawaiian who served in the Civil War. He was the only one who received a pension after the war.

J.R. Kealoha was a member of the 41st Colored Infantry Pennsylvania 1864-1865. Most Hawaiians were not registered under their Hawaiian names.

Timothy "Honolulu" Henry Pitman is the next Native Hawaiian Dr. Vance presented. He was only 17 when he enlisted in the 22nd Massachusetts, serving in the Battle of Antietam, etc. He was the only Hawaiian who was a POW and died as one. He is buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts just short of his 18th birthday.

Not able to attend this session? Here is Dr. Vance delivering remarks on the USS Missouri in 2012. History Education Hawaii, Inc., also has a playlist on You Tube dedicated to this important part of Hawaii's history. Click here. 

2014 Conference Sessions: Historic Preservation in Hawaii, by Barbara Del Piano of the Daughters of Hawaii

At our recent History Education Summer Conference, Barbara Del Piano of the Daughters of Hawaii and Queen Emma Summer Palace delivered a presentation on the history of historic preservation in Hawaii. 

Her sideshow presentation at Emmalani Hale featured a rich array of photos of historic building and sites. 

Del Piano is the author of 'Nā Lani Kaumaka, Daughters of Hawaii, A Century of Historic Preservation.' 

She is also the recipient of Historic Preservation Hawaii’s Historic Preservation Publication award. The Daughters of Hawai‘i was established in 1903.

2014 Conference Sessions: Battle of Nuuanu, Bonnie Stevens of Daughters of Hawaii

Bonnie Stevens is an historian with Daughters of Hawaii and Queen Emma Summer Palace

On the final day of our History Education Summer Conference she delivered a remarkably detailed presentation on the Battle of Nuuanu. (Also, click here)

A few of our attendees -myself included- remarked that it was the most comprehensive history of that battle ever presented to us. 

Stevens also furnished information on the educational programs offered by Daughters of Hawaii/Queen Emma Summer Palace.

2014 Conference Sessions: Getting Students Fired up about History; it is Easier Than You Think, by Rosanna Fukuda and Mitzie Higa

Meet Rosanna Fukuda and Mitzie Higa. 

They co-delivered a presentation at our recent conference titled Getting Students Fired up about History; it is Easier Than You Think.

Fukuda is the State Educational Specialist, Social Studies, of the Hawaii State Department of Education. 

Dr. Mitzie Higa, Ed.D, NBCT is the Curriculum Coordinator/ELL Coordinator of Ewa Makai Middle School. 

Session attendees participated in a guided guided activity that examined various visual renditions of the Statue of Liberty. This exercise focused on American symbolism. 

By using a variety of primary and secondary sources, Fukuda and Higa facilitated historical inquiry with attendees as they do with students using the new College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. This promotes critical thinking, reading, and writing. 

Big mahalo Rosanna and Mitzie!