Native plant gardens with black sculptural totems, outside the museum building.

Summer Teacher Institute: Applying the Hawaiian Principle of 'Ike 'Āina in Chicago Classrooms

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Jul 24, 10:00 AM CDT to Jul 25, 2:00 PM


About this event

Join us for this interdisciplinary professional learning experience for educators

During this 2 day institute, educators will leave with two adaptable lesson plans, a content-related text to use in the classroom, and new collaborative relationships! 

The sessions take place on Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25 from 10am—2pm. 
Ticket includes materials, parking, and lunch both days. 

Day 1 Description: In this workshop designed to help educators meet the new requirements of the TEAACH Act, attendees will explore the Native Hawaiian place-based learning principle of ‘ike ‘āina – “to understand that which feeds.”  Kumu Hula Carole Lanialoha Lee – a Native Hawaiian born and raised in the Chicago area and co-curator of Chicago’s Legacy Hula – will be the keynote speaker. 

Day 2 Description: This interdisciplinary professional learning experience will shift towards a science and social emotional learning focus on Day 2, while maintaining connections to Hawaiian ways of teaching and learning. We will spend much of the day outside (weather permitting) participating in experiential place-based learning. Guided by geologists and urban naturalists, we will locate fossils and rocks, and participate in a grounding walk to Northerly Island. 

Target Grade Bands:  3-5 and 6-8 but all are welcome! Lessons modeled can be adapted for all ages.

Accessibility: Our goal is to make all programming financially accessible without asking participants to individually request assistance. Please use the coupon code 40OFFTEACHERS to receive 40% off the full ticket price if assistance makes it possible for you to attend this event.