PAAC's Teacher Training Workshops are held twice a year in partnership with the East-West Center Arts Program and are open to all primary and secondary school teachers statewide. Held over a one and one-half day period, they include lessons in curriculum development, hands-on cultural activities, and exchange with fellow teachers and community experts. Workshop themes often coincide with ongoing East-West Center Art Gallery exhibits.
PAAC workshops are designed to support, inspire, and equip Hawaii's teachers with globally-themed curriculum ideas, classroom skills, and community resources necessary for their and their students' success.
Past Teacher Workshops
Puppetry in the Classroom
30 K-12 teachers from three islands experienced a rich line-up of trainings at the “Puppetry in the Classroom” workshop on April 5-6. Hands-on and interactive sessions led by experts guided teachers on a puppetry “tour” throughout Hawaiʻi, India, Indonesia, Japan, and other destinations and cultures of the Asia-Pacific. Read More.
Preserving Cultural Legacies
26 teachers representing 20 K-12 schools on four islands converged for an action-packed weekend to learn about effective methods in the preservation of cultural traditions and knowledge. Participants learned about oral and photo history, enjoyed a guided tour of China Town, and tried their hand at taiko, and o-bon dancing. Teachers were also provided with activity ideas to replicate in their classrooms. Read More.
"This was, by far, the BEST [professional development] experience I've ever been a part of. I came away with so much more knowledge, ideas, and inspiration for my classes! It also helped me to see India in a new light: Prior to this workshop, I thought India would be a place I'd never want to visit, but now I'm absolutely eager to travel there one day. I especially loved being able to network with other teachers and learn first-hand from the experts themselves. What an incredible opportunity this was and I'm definitely looking forward to the next workshop!"
- Hawai’i DOE teacher
“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