Programs for Teachers

June 4-6, 2018

Every summer the Maui Arts & Cultural Center designs and hosts an instutute devoted to the professional development of Maui County teachers.  We bring in some of the leading teaching artists, recognized by renowned arts education institutions like the John F. Kennedy Center and the NAEA.  Our goal is to gather great minds to share their expertise and cutting edge strategies with our teachers, to infuse their instruction with the arts.
This year we will concentrate on 'HA':  Na Hopena A'o, or HA, are learning outcomes rooted in Hawai'i, its people, and cultural history. This DOE initiative is being implemented throughout the state,  and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) has gone a step further, to integrate these outcomes with the arts. 
In this summerʼs professional development for educators, we will explore the six outcomes and the six art processes that have been paired with them, to give teachers an opportunity to creatively integrate these outcomes in their classrooms. CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE & ENROLLMENT
On Friday, February 2, 2018 teachers in upcountry/north shore schools attended the annual DOE-Maui “Waiver Day” and this year they elected to have their in-service day at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.     Waiver Day is a work day for educators, dedicated to teachers’ professional development ( each segment of the DOE-Maui District takes their own day.)  This time, instead of gathering upcountry as usual, all the educators in the King Kekaulike Complex schools (Ha‘iku, Kula, Makawao, Pa'ia and Pukalani Elementary, Kalama Intermediate, King Kekaulike High) came to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for their series of required professional development sessions -  and MACC staff and teaching artists joined in on the lesson plan development with the Department of Education.
1)The King Kekaulike Complex became the first in the state to roll out Hawai'i DOE's new initiative, "Na Hopena A'o" ("HA"). Grounded in social-emotional learning and cultivation of a Hawai'i identity for Hawai'i students, Kekaulike class room teachers will begin to integrate "HA" standards into their pedagogical development.
2) In combination with the "HA" standards, the Kekaulike Waiver Day exposed their teachers to the benefits and the possibilities of arts integrated lessons. Teaching Artists and  MACC Program Directors developed lesson plans with various art forms that work well with "HA" standards.  Every teacher had the opportunity to experience these lessons first hand with the expert teaching artists at the MACC, and received materials to allow them to take these lesson plans directly to the classroom for use with their students.

Three hundred teachers were involved in their own education that day – and the effects of these sessions will be felt throughout Upcountry classrooms in the school days to come:  through the DOE’s “HA” initiative and through the strategies employed in arts integration area-wide - a key tenet of the MACC’s education department for two decades!

HĀ-BREATH King Kekaulike Complex Area professional development day at MACC from Maui District Television on Vimeo.



This series of Professional Development  focuses on arts integration and arts strategies.  The teaching-artists who share their techniques and strategies come from the John F Kennedy Center, the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, as well as Maui's own community of artists and teachers. These workshops help teachers to infuse their instruction with the arts which in turn makes their teaching more engaging, increase retention, and allows non-academic students to shine through their own unique skills, talents, and perspectives.




Once a year, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center honors the educators on this island with a celebratory dinner and award ceremony recognizing their commitment to the arts and professional development. It is a time and place for teachers to garner the recognition of their principals and their peers for the noble work that they do! This year's dinner will be Thursday, April 20, 2018.

2017 Dinner highlights

Forty-two teachers from eleven Maui schools received Certificate of Study Awards at Maui Arts & Cultural Center during the Annual Teacher Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 20, 2017.   The awards were presented by Chadwick Pang, education director at MACC;  Leila Hayashida, Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area Superintendent; and Rae Takemoto, arts integration curriculum coordinator at Pomaika‘i School.  


Heather Grossman-Benton, Wileen Ortega, Evelyn Suzuki,  
Roselani Aiwhoi, Lori Mark,Trisha Roy  (level 1 teachers)

Joann Shishido, Eva Johanos, Cindy Hutler 
(level 2 teachers)

Nicole Heinlein (level 3); Michelle Gollis (level 5); 
Dawn Marie Lahela Augustin (level 6)

Jennifer Saito, Stephanie Young (level 9)
Theresa Neeck (level 10)

Master Teacher in Arts Integration
Jaydon Isobe, Renee Romerdahl (L2); Kate Welch (L6)

Molokai 9th grader Kapili Naehu from Kaunakakai, Molokai, presented 
her original Spoken Word piece as part of the evening's program


Our current catalog for MACC's 
arts education programs 2017-18!

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2018 Summer Institute for Educators