COE Alumni Co-Author Book

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Arting and Writing to Transform Education
An Integrated Approach for Culturally and Ecologically Responsive Pedagogy

This book introduces a theoretically motivated and classroom tested, culturally responsive approach to the education of children that teaches them how to see and describe their world – both the natural world around them and their own culture and identity – through linking the media of art and language, considered as parallel creative-expressive processes of arting (representation in visual images) and writing (representation in words). Developed in a collaboration by three Hawai‘i educators, the curriculum integrates knowledge and practices in literacy and culture, art, and science with a goal of creating a transformative educational experience for every child, building from the students’ home language and culture.

“This book is social justice to the core as it revolves around cultural identity, ecological stewardship, creativity, interdisciplinary teaching/learning, and liberating student voice!” Anna Yoshie Sumida said. “It is theoretically grounded and has an extensive how-to section with 218 full-color images of student arting and writing samples, both in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English.”

About the Authors

Anna Yoshie Sumida, who teaches at Kamehameha Schools, earned a PhD in Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). She has taught Hawaiian children for 25 years.

Mikilani Hayes Maeshiro is a classroom and resource teacher working as an Education Design Specialist at Kamehameha Schools. She holds an MEd in Education from UHM.

Meleanna Aluli Meyer received a BA in Design and Photography from Stanford University and an MEd in Education from UHM. She is an artist, educator, and filmmaker.

The book is available on Amazon or at Equinox Publishing.

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