SEL Awardee

Derek Minakami

Hawai'i State Department of Education
Honolulu, HI
“E ʻOhana Hou, a collaborative project between Samuel Wilder King Intermediate and Kaneʻohe Elementary, couples SEL with innovative learning design that intentionally strengthens students' sense of Hawai'i and responsibility to their community. E ʻOhana Hou will use storytelling and trauma-informed practices to support students. Concurrently, students will engage in advanced STEM and entrepreneurial opportunities in which they exercise greater agency over their own learning. Acknowledging the important role families and the community play, E ʻOhana Hou will align the collective effort to provide healing, build students' resilience and result in improved attendance, behavior and academic growth.”
Tags: Community Engagement, Culturally Responsive Approaches, District, Elementary School, Indigenous Communities, Middle School, Restorative Practices, Traditional Public School, Trauma-Informed, Urban