Teacher Workshops & Travel


Save the Date:  Upcoming Teacher Workshop 

Explore India: Art Traditions
November 3-4, 2017 

This hands-on teacher workshop is co-sponsored by the East-West Center Arts Program and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC). Experts will present a historical, geographical, and cultural overview of India; aesthetic features and recurring themes in Indian art; Indian culture in film (with a film viewing); and an EWC gallery exhibition tour highlighting Indian textile traditions. In addition, a visiting textile artist from India will demonstrate traditional block printing techniques, and an introduction to Bollywood dance will be presented. Relevant K-12 curricula will be shared.

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A Look Back at Past PAAC Teacher Workshops & Travel Opportunities


Indonesia: Sea of Islands Workshop
The second successful collaboration between PAAC and the East-West Center Arts Program took place over a day and a half in September, with the K-12 Teacher Workshop on Indonesia. A series of authentic hands-on experiences enriched the teachers’ knowledge of Indonesia. It included sitting at the UH Balinese Ensemble instruments and actually playing drums, gongs, and various percussion instruments. The second morning began with a Balinese water blessing, but not before all participants donned Balinese sarong and head scarves. A teacher from Lunalilo Elementary presented a puppet lesson that he created after a trip to Indonesia. He shared several adaptations to the lesson encouraging teachers to try it in their classrooms.The teacher workshop finished with a dance performance by UH Manoa students of Balinese dance and a Balinese dinner feast. 


Malama Honua New Zealand Teacher Study Tour

Hawai`i public, charter, and private K12 educators spent their 2015 Spring Break with the Hokulea and the Hiki`analia crew in New Zealand as part of the Malama Honua New Zealand Teacher Study Tour. They connected with teachers from around the Asia/Pacific Region, explored New Zealand and learned from Maori tribe groups, and enhanced their classroom curriculum. 


2015 Teacher Workshop on Turkey: Bridge Between East and West
This workshop gave over twenty K-12 teachers an overview of Turkish history, culture, and art and provided resources to incorporate Turkey into classroom curriculum. Three Hawai’i teachers that participated in the workshop  were selected  and participated in a national delegation to Turkey in June 2015. The workshop and study tour was sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of America.


2015 Teacher Turkey Study Tour
Teachers Kathryn Fisher (Nanakuli High School), Dennis Tynan (Nanakuli High School), and Carl Kim (Kaimuki High School) spent two weeks on a study tour of Turkey in 2015. Beginning in Istanbul, the group of educators traveled to the western part of Turkey, ending in Ankara by way of Cappadocia. As a result of this program, our teachers will enhance their classroom curriculum with Turkish history and culture. The development of National Standards in Social Studies areas now include an emphasis on Turkish history, again underscoring the importance of the area geographically and historically.  In collaboration with PAAC’s national affiliate, the World Affairs Councils of America, the Turkish Cultural Foundation has sponsored study tours for over 300 teachers and workshops on Turkey for over 2000 teachers across the United States. 


New Global Citizens Teacher Institute
On May 29-31, 2014, and on October 7-9, 2013, Hawaii teachers participated in a 3-day intensive training, where they learned about the New Global Citizens (NGC) curriculum.  NGC is a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) that challenges students to become leaders, change agents, and advocates to find solutions to the world’s issues. Teachers received DOE Professional Development Credits.


Teacher Voices
“I was in complete wonder when visiting sacred sites such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Were these build by giants among men? To imagine a blend of religion and art in one place of peace was too much for me to contain that I was overwhelmed.” -2012 Turkey Summer Tour participant

“Thank you very much for the workshop on Turkey. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to attend a well-run, informative, and rewarding event like this. I am frustrated by workshops that I feel I could have learned more by reading an article in fifteen minutes. This Turkey workshop will/did/has energized teachers, and improved our understanding of that country, and serves a higher mission.” -Hawai’i DOE teacher