Professional Development for Teachers


Every summer, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center designs and hosts an institute 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 National Art Education Association.  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. click for 2019 Summer Institute BROCHURE

To register for the Summer Institute, you must do the following:
1)  E-mail Stacey with your registration information and indicate that you are taking courses for  PDE3 credit.
2) You must also register through the PDE3 site using the following numbers and titles:
FA183875 | Spoken Word Poetry | Section #: 295463 Section Title: Spoken Word Poetry: Cultivating Student Voice, Spirit, & Activism
FA183876 | Art & Tech | Section #: 295464 Section Title: Art & Technology: Digital Storytelling for Everyone

2018 concentration was 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 has gone a step further, to integrate these outcomes with the arts. In this summerʼs professional development for educators, we explored the six outcomes and the six art processes with which they have been paired, to give teachers an opportunity to creatively integrate these outcomes in their classrooms. BROCHURE    VIDEO



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 they do.


Diane Ige-Pasion (Princess Nahienaena Elem, Level II), Mary Hanchett (Hana High & Elementary, Level II), U‘I Paman ( Hana High & Elementary, Level II) with Moira Pirsch


Deborah Fong (Kalama Intermediate, Level VII), Nicole Heinlein (Pomaika‘i Elem. Level VI), Ahlayn Labuanan (Pomaika‘i Elem. Level VII), Melekai Jensen (Pomaika‘i Elementary, Level VII) with Moira Pirsch

Eva Johanos, (Iao Intermediate, Level VI), Evelyn Suzuki (Pukalani Elem, Level III) with Moira Pirsch Kate Welch (Pomaika‘i Elementary, Level Master Level VII), Jennifer Saito (Wailuku Elementary, Master Level  III), Hazel Aningat (Pomaika‘i Elementary, Master Level III) with Moira Pirsch  

MACC's comprehensive
arts education programs include:

  • Teacher Workshops

  • Summer Institute for Educators 

  • Summer Arts Programs

  • School shows

  • CanDo! Days 

School Year 2019/19

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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.