Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Inuit Studies Online Conference: October 25-27

Please join us for the Inuit Studies Online Conference from October 25 - 27.

We have three full days of engaging sessions planned with experts from around the world.  The sessions will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including climate change and indigenous people; international cooperation in the Arctic; roles of Museums and museum collections in preserving Inuit languages, heritage, and culture; and governmental programs.  

The conference is designed for teachers, students and museum professionals and is available at no cost.  Register today to take part in this important event.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The biggest challenge facing the great teachers and communicators of history...

"The biggest challenge facing the great teachers and communicators of history is to teach why history matters. How to ignite the first spark, which lights up one source of history and then another, connecting and linking and writing bright words across the dark face of the present. There's no phrase I can come up that will encapsulate in a winning sound-bite why history matters. We know that history matters, we know that it is thrilling, absorbing, fascinating, delightful and infuriating, that it is life."

Stephen Fry, Making History

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Free Electronic Field Trips by Colonial Williamsburg for Hawaii Teachers!

One of our mainland partner organizations is Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Earlier this morning I was contacted by the manager of Education Sales K-12, Dale Van Eck. 
He wrote, "I could really use some help! I have 16 $500 scholarships for Electronic Field Trips to award to Hawaiian public elementary and middle schools. Could you use your network to get the word out?" 
Go to this link and learn more about these free field tripsDo you know any Hawaii public elementary and middle school teachers? If so then please forward this offer to their email boxes.
Funding for Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips is available now! Thanks to a generous Colonial Williamsburg donor, up to 30 Hawaiian public elementary schools are eligible to receive the 2012-2013 Electronic Field Trip series at no charge (a $500 value per school). This Emmy award-winning series consists of 7 live broadcasts that can be streamed via the Web. Each Electronic Field Trip and its companion resources are aligned to your state standards and integrate reading/literacy, civics, history, and technology standards. The series is targeted to grades 4-8. Since the subscription is for the entire school building, only one person for each school will need to subscribe. Here’s how to find out more information and submit your subscription:
  1. Sample the series here to review the great resources available.
  2. Subscribe your school.
  3. Wait to receive your registration information to create your user name/password—it’s that easy!
Again, this grant is for 30 Hawaii public schools only. If you have any questions, please contact us at: EFTsupport@cwf.org with the subject line HAWAII GRANT or call 1-800-761-8331.


Two teachers who are participating in the 2012-2013 Electronic Field Trips will be awarded a fully funded scholarship to attend the 2013 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute! One full week of outstanding professional development held onsite in Williamsburg, Virginia! All participating teachers will be asked to submit an application for the Teacher Institute and 2 recipients will be chosen for the scholarship, a $2000 value and will include airfare. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

History Education Hawaii, Inc., Welcomes Jonathan Nosaka

History Education Hawaii, Inc., is pleased to announce that Jonathan Nosaka has been named as its treasurer.

Jonathan Nosaka is the founder and president of FELT, or Financial Education & Leadership Training, a 501c3 non-profit organization. He is also an investor in private practice in the areas of real estate and foreign currencies. 

Since 2008 Nosaka has been a lecturer at Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii. He teaches English as a Second Language; English for Specific Purposes (Business English, Medical English, Hawaiian Culture, et al); and financial literacy classes in adult education. His interest in history and history education is inspired by his father's service in World War II in the famous 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team

President and co-founder Jeffrey Bingham Mead said that, "Jonathan Nosaka has been a good friend, a gifted and talented colleague whose passion for teaching is contagious and inspirational. We are delighted to have him join our team." 

History Education Hawaii, Inc., is the officially recognized ‘Hawaii Council’ of the National Council for History Education. It is a technology-based independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit corporation serving the history learning community of the state of Hawaii that promotes leadership, study, research, effective, innovative history teaching and learning best practices.
 It collaborates with educational institutions, facilitates interactive, professional and interactive programs involving history-buffs, history educators and students, teacher-candidates, historians and historic preservationists, foundations, museums as well as the government, military and business communities of Hawaii.

U.S. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time. The CWSS is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service and several public and private partners whose goal is to increase Americans' understanding of this decisive era in American history by making information about it widely accessible.

From the archives of the Honolulu Star Bulletin:
The African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C., lists names of 209,145 African-American veterans engraved upon plaques. An enormous computer database was created to make the list. Called the "Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System," and administered by the National Park Service, the database includes the duty records of all Civil War veterans, white and "colored," and can be accessed here.

Although most such veterans were black, dark-skinned soldiers and sailors from all over the world - including Hawaii - are included in the African-American memorial, as well as the white officers who commanded them, according to memorial officials.

12th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region

12th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region
Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA

February 14-16, 2013
The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit papers for the 12th Annual International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) on the Asia Pacific region, taking place in Honolulu,  Hawai‘i, USA from February 14-16, 2013.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting papers and attending other panel presentations, and informally in the warm and encouraging environment of the East-West Center in Hawai‘i. Participation in the 2012 conference had broad representation with 89 graduate students from 43 universities and 25 countries and territories. We look forward to continued representation from across the U.S. and Asia Pacific region in 2013.

We will accept abstracts August 28 - October 15, 2012.

Abstracts up to a maximum of 500 words in length of proposed papers are invited from intending participants at this time. Submissions are encouraged from the array of disciplines focusing on the region.

A limited number of travel grants, generally $100 to $200 (up to a maximum of $500) and awarded on merit, will be available.