Teachers Strand Brings Together Global Educators

Department: Buff 'n Blue Journal

This summer, the three-day Global Education Teachers Strand brought educators from nine different countries together on Punahou’s campus. During the fifth annual workshop, which coincided with the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI), teachers discussed and explored what it means to be a global educator.

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Educators David Hall (St. Peter’s School, New Zealand) and Brian Long (The Haverford School, Pennsylvania) participate in a global thinking exercise led by Emma Johns, geography department chair at Hitchin Girls’ School.

Academy Principal Emily McCarren set the tone for the conference by introducing her philosophies on global learning. She outlined three different phases. The first is understanding oneself, one’s community and embracing diversity, which starts as early as kindergarten. The second phase is understanding today’s diverse reality, such as globally different religions, foods and norms. This experience can be gained through travel. The last phase is working with such diversity to create something together.

Talks given by President Jim Scott ’70 and community members with ties to Hokule‘a also inspired teachers during the conference.

Teachers also dove deep into guided activities and enjoyed many opportunities to share their own experiences with each other. “They were such engaged educators,” said facilitator and Academy English teacher Maureen MacLeod. “The success of the conference was in the conversations. Each teacher left with a concrete action plan they could use.”

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