Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region @ Metropolitan State University of Denver

Hawaii Grantees

University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Contact: Brenda Machosky, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, and David Kupferman, Assistant Professor of Middle/Secondary Education
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Website: http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/

Grant awarded June 19, 2015

The second regional grant to the state of Hawaii was awarded to the University of Hawaii-West Oahu (UHWO) in June 2015. This grant, “Kumu Waiwai: Teaching from the Source” was designed to bring the TPS program to high school teachers and students in predominantly indigenous-serving public high schools on the leeward coast of Oahu. These schools are located in the poorest communities in Oahu and are largely underserved. Through a series of workshops, online meetings, and coaching sessions, participants were introduced to the primary sources available through the Library of Congress. Teaching teams from the intermediate and high school level learned how to access and use primary sources, and how to incorporate them into integrated unit lesson plans reaching across the Social Studies and English disciplines. Librarians from the state’s official film archive, ‘Ulu’ulu, The Henry Ku’ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive, trained participants how to locate and access primary sources with an emphasis on images, motion pictures, and videos about Hawaii.

As a culminating activity, Grant Coordinator Brenda Machosky compiled the end-of project presentations from each of the five teams into a series of curricular units which included multiple primary sources, website links, and reflections. The topics ranged from Slavery and the Civil War to the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. In the reflections of one participant, “As an English teacher … I have found that the LOC enhances my ability to create a certain time period … As opposed to telling our students what they should learn and why it is important, preserved primary sources allow us to show students historical realities and to convince them of their importance.” Grant coordinators anticipate this project will be the foundation for additional TPS activities to be disseminated throughout the state and adopted by the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE). The TPS Western Region is honored to welcome a second grantee from Hawaii into the regional program and to reach high schools that serve the largest number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students in the state.

Chaminade University
Contact: Helen Turner, Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics and Professor of Biology
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.chaminade.edu/

Grant awarded December 23, 2014

The first regional grant to the state of Hawaii was awarded to Chaminade University of Honolulu in December 2014. This grant, “E Noi’i K’kou (Let’s Inquire): Leveraging Primary Sources and Pacific Voyaging in Support of STEM Learning” represented a collaboration between Chaminade, the Hawaii State Department of Education, and the Hawaii Association of School Librarians. The project provided professional development activities enabling Hawaii teachers and their librarian partners to use open ocean Polynesian way-finding to catalyze STEM learning for grades 7 – 12. The World Wide Voyage (M?lama Honua) of Hawaiian voyaging canoes served as a dynamic cultural backdrop for the use of digital archives from the Library of Congress and World Digital Library related to voyaging and navigational instruments used in various historical periods. The Polynesian Voyaging Society provided the historical and scientific context for the illustration of STEM concepts. According to Helen Turner, “This collaboration resulted in the discovery of previously unrecognized Library of Congress resources such as the Micronesian stick charts which were incorporated in to several school teams’ Annotated Resource Sets.

The grant began with a two-day institute held at the Chaminade campus and Kualoa Regional Park, where participants participated in an on-site wa’a (canoe) experience. Following the initial workshop, nine teams of teachers/librarian partners returned to their schools to develop lesson plans and annotated resource sets, and to improve their understanding of primary sources. The STEM focus resulted in projects that integrated science with history, language arts, fine arts, mathematics, and engineering. The TPS Western Region is gratified to welcome the state of Hawaii into the regional program and to support the Library of Congress in officially reaching all 50 states.

Contact: Tom Ikeda – Executive Director‌
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.densho.org

Grant awarded June 26, 2012

Densho’s mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. Densho offers these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all. Through a TPS Western Regional grant, Densho integrated the rich resources of the Library of Congress with its own digital archives to create professional development for middle and high school teachers. Teachers engaged in historical thinking about the Japanese American WW II experience by analyzing primary sources and discussing how this can inform thinking about current events. In addition to their home base in Seattle (Washington), Densho offered TPS workshops in Los Angeles (California), Portland (Oregon) and Honolulu (Hawaii).

The September 2013 workshop in Honolulu represented the TPS Western Region’s first professional development offering in the state of Hawaii. The partnership with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii resulted in a large group of 60 participating teachers. Workshop participants appreciated the tight integration of pedagogy with the primary sources about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. In the words of Tom Ikeda, “Working with TPS changed the way we trained teachers. We added more resources from the Library of Congress website and spent time exploring the richness of loc.gov with workshop participants.” Densho plans to create an online course to reach a larger national audience of educators based on the work done for the TPS workshops.

*Multiple States Served