August 5, 2022
In this episode, I speak with Dawn Kau’i Sang. Kau’i is the first-ever director of the Office of Hawaiian Education, which is charged with planning for the implementation of a new policy, Nā Hopena Aʻo (Ha). Ha is a Department-wide framework to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaii’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawai’i. One of the goals is to strengthen six outcomes in every student over the course of their K-12 learning journey: Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total well-being, Hawai’i… which spells BREATH. In this episode, we ask:
🥥 What is belonging in a system that seeks to homogenize and separate?
🥥 How might stories allow us to see each other and our community in different ways, beyond quantitative measures?
🥥 How might indigenous ways of knowing inform who we are as individuals, communities, and education systems?
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