Teacher Workshops & Travel


Save the Date:  Upcoming Teacher Workshop 

Indonesia: Sea of Islands
September 30- October 1, 2016

Save the Date Flyer

*Day and a half, K12 teacher workshop

*Talks on history, culture, art, and music

*Balinese Gamelan Music Workshop

*Curriculum art/culture lesson demonstrations. 

Registration will be available August 2016.



A Look Back at Past PAAC Teacher Workshops & Travel Opportunities


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