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William Finnegan, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of four non-fiction books, visited Punahou School as a writer-in-residence from Feb. 24 – March 7, 2014.
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The seventh annual Private Schools with Public Purpose (PSPP) Symposium brought together educators and community organizers from around the country and Guam; the event was hosted by Kualoa-He‘eia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project, Punahou School and ‘Iolani School, and was held on March 6 – 8, 2014.
Junior School faculty Jeanne Lindgren and Demetra Kaulukukui had already planned on integrating an inquiry-based study of Kaho‘olawe into the grade 7 curriculum when they were given the opportunity to visit the remote island in October 2013. Through a connection with Mike Naho‘opi‘i, director of Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), the two teachers joined a volunteer group and explored the island, developing insights into its unique ecosystem.
Faculty across Punahou's campus are integrating iPad tablets into the curriculum in new ways, with encouraging results. "At first, we were hesitant about how the iPads would affect the class environment, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how they have helped my students," explained Kristen Tibbetts, a grade 2 teacher.
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