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Jan Iwase
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Hawaii Innovative Leaders Network for PBL School Leaders
Two short years ago, I attended an informational session with Bob Lenz from the Buck Institute.   Our Department received a grant from the Castle Foundation , and he was providing information and seeking school leaders to participate in the first Hawaii Inn...
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Preparing for an Emergency
Yesterday, I received an Emergency Alert text on my iPhone like thousands of people around the state. "This is not a drill," the text stated. My initial reaction was to go to my son's room (he hasn't yet returned to the mainland) to ask if he got the text a...
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What is the Culture at Our School?
It's Winter Break. It's pretty quiet around the school with a few workers on campus to catch up on maintenance or end-of-the-year responsibilities. I usually spend a couple of days during school breaks to clean my office and to trash things I no longer need...
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What is the Culture at Our School?
It's Winter Break. It's pretty quiet around the school with a few workers on campus to catch up on maintenance or end-of-the-year responsibilities. I usually spend a couple of days during school breaks to clean my office and to trash things I no longer need...
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Giving Thanks, 2017
When I first started blogging, this was one of my first posts. That was back in 2012, and since then, I have continued to blog and share my thoughts with our school community. I think this "old" post is still reflective of how I feel about our school so I a...
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I'm Not Data-Driven
I'll admit it; I'm not data-driven. I do look at our school's data and we have discussions about how we can improve, However, there's so much data available today that it's hard to decide which ones to pay more attention to. There was a time when I meticulo...
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An Epic Fail! Well, Not Really
Last Wednesday was our school-wide evacuation drill, and on Monday evening, one of our teachers sent an email, "Are we sending something out to the parents?" Yikes! I had forgotten about that! Early the next morning, I edited last year's letter, made copies...
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PBL, SEL, GDP, & CS at DKIES
First quarter of SY 2017-2018 has come and gone, and I'm taking this downtime to reflect on all the learning that is going on at our school. Our teachers are exploring how to implement project-based learning through one of their units and what started as a ...
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"Be a Hero. Be a Teacher"
Recently, the news media here in Hawaii announced a program to train and retain teachers here in Hawaii. ( Star-Advertiser article ) I shared this article on Facebook with this statement: " Being an educator is hard work but I have never regretted my decisi...
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"Building Stamina"
I saw this poster as I walked around the school last week. It's in a classroom with a first-year teacher. "You're doing Daily Five ! " I exclaimed. "How's it going?" "We're working on it!" she replied. I encouraged her to keep at it. I love the phrase, "Bui...
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