The Creative Core launched its (PB)2 model at Lana'i High and Elementary School, and helped transform LHES into a nationally-recognized model for school-community Place-Based, Project-Based Learning. Read about one of LHES's
After launching as a program for the Moloka'i LIVE Summer Credit Recovery Program, The Common Core, NGSS-aligned Curriculum, Voices of the Land and Sea served as a foundation for the new interdisciplinary "Academy of the Land and Sea" at Molokai High School.
The Creative Core helped DK Inouye select and implement The Center for the Collaborative Classroom's workshop-based, social/emotional learning integrated literacy ELA prgram, and supported their transition to school wide place-based project-based learning(PB)2."
When Kea'au Principal Dean Cevallos wanted to create a project-based program to support the academic success of its at-risk students, an "in the know" friend recommended he call Creative Core, and the Ulupono program was born. Now in its third successful year, Ulupono offers students a collaborative educational experience which engages them in real-world community-based projects. Learn more about their project here: Ulupono Garden Project
In 2016, The Merwin Conservancy and The Creative Core have entered into a dynamic ongoing partnership to ideate and launch an entirely new take on the summer teaching fellowship. The Merwin Creative Teaching Fellowship offers Hawaii’s teachers the opportunity to experience W.S. Merwin’s living legacy first-hand and receive unparalleled guidance and support, providing them with the renewal, rejuvenation, and inspiration they need foster their own creativity, engage their imaginations, and gain new tools to make creativity and imaginations come alive in their students.
Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in Mountain View on Hawai'i Island is committed to custom-built student-centered, place-based, project-based learning (PB2), with deeply-embedded core literacy skills and Social/Emotional Learning. Na Wai Ola students are digging deep and improving their critical thinking; creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.
As schools slowly reopened in 2021, The Creative Core was there to help during the transition. We provided Innovations with writing support through Marnie Masuda-Cleveland's student-centered Writing Workshop sessions. Students shared their writing--about favorite memories, fears, hopes, wild fantasy stories, and explored their unique voices, while remembering how much fun it was to be with their classmates again.
Creative Core continues to support Manoa Elementary's focus on Social-Emotional Learning by providing professional development sessions and site visitations as teachers and administrators implement Collaborative Classroom's "Caring School Community" curriculum.
The Creative Core partnered with Hui No ke Ola Pono, Maui County Parks and Recreation, Maui Economic Opportunity, and Maui Boys and Girls Club to offer this free groundbreaking program to Hawaiian and Pacific Islander keiki ages 7-12 during Summer 2021. Students met in the airy Wailuku Gym and traveled to culturally and environmentally significant sites to engage in inquiry-based, placed based learning--and discover the unique history and ecology of Wailuku Moku.
The Creative Core partners with WestEd to design and implement innovative policy writing "toolkits" to support student writing and critical thinking skills, while building in teacher professional development and growth.
The Creative Core supported the Strategic Planning Process at TMP, 9-12 Early College Charter School in Santa Fe New helping the New Mexico Charter school identify priorities, gather data from stakeholders(teachers, students, parents/guardians and community members), and create a plan for ongoing self-study and school improvement.
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