Kākau Mea Nui 2.0 (Writing Matters)
2021 – 2024
US Department of Education
Kākau Mea Nui 2.0 (Writing Matters) [KMN 2.0] project for Advancing Academic Success of Native Hawaiian Students provides teachers professional development addressing effective inclusive, culturally responsive instructional strategies to increase the writing performance of Native Hawaiian students. The project builds on the success of the Kākau Mea Nui (KMN) project and its positive impact on Hawaiʻi public schools. Like its forerunner, this project, from the Native Hawaiian Education Program, U.S. Department of Education, is aimed at improving the writing of K-8 students. KMN 2.0 offers rigorous, culturally based professional development for teachers across content areas. Students are given meaningful, structured experiences to develop competency in core writing abilities in ways that benefit students’ educational experience across subject areas. These evidence-based activities are aligned with Common Core Standards. At its completion, the goal of the project is to both: (1) Give teachers the tools they need to help students’ writing flourish; and (2) Create engaging curricular material and training that can later continue to serve other schools and teachers.