Ulu Aʻe Transitions & Ulu Aʻe Transitions 2.0

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Project Dates

2021 – 2026

Funding Source

USDOE Native Hawaiian Education Program

About

Ulu Aʻe, which literally means to grow upward, is a USDOE Native Hawaiian Education Program funded grant project that aims to improve the academic and HĀ achievement of at-promise students by strengthening resilience to support successful navigation of students transitioning through public schools, from elementary to middle to high and beyond.

A primary objective of Ulu Aʻe is to create resources that incorporate culture-based and digital media skills-building learning activities to support a sense of belonging and personal identity essential for the academic, character, physical, and social-emotional well-being of all our students.

School-based teams work with Ulu Aʻe project staff to implement proposed learning activities and develop new ones as needs are identified. Activities utilize a wide range of proven strategies including culture-based lessons that have demonstrated positive impact on students, field ʻāina-based experiences, integrating technology to improve 21st century skills, and building positive relationships and interconnections among, students, families, and educators.

Website

Growing Pono Schools

Principal Investigator

Contact

(808) 956-9039

tmytom@hawaii.edu

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Primary Contacts

Contact

camidang@hawaii.edu

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Team

Contact

dkahiapo@hawaii.edu

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Contact

bankss@hawaii.edu

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Partners

  • Alu Like, Inc.
  • Elly Tepper – Teacher Mentor/KAHUA Specialist
  • Dr. Caroline Sakai – Thought Field Therapy
  • Dream Navigator
  • Hawai‘i Workforce Pipeline
  • Waikalua Loko Iʻa
  • Hilo Uka Farm
  • Hawai‘i Forest Farm