The UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) is working with schools across the islands to provide free online summer enrichment services. COE teacher candidates, special education students, kinesiology students, and recent graduates have been paired with K–12 students to work on subjects, including literacy, sports skills, and personal training.
“In light of the changes in education caused by COVID-19, the COE is offering our services to the university and larger community,” Dean Nathan Murata said. “Our technology and distance programs have made the transition to online teaching and learning a smooth one, and our departments are stepping up to provide summer enrichment to Hawai‘i’s public and charter school students.”
Students and alumni in the college’s Institute for Teacher Education (ITE), Department of Curriculum Studies, Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, and Department of Special Education are working with K–12 students with instructional coaching support from faculty members as well as graduate students who are taking a course designed for literacy coaching and leadership.
“This pilot program will not only serve the community during a time of need, but it will also serve as a model for future programs and collaborations across the UHM COE and the statewide communities we serve,” said ITE Associate Professor Stephanie Buelow.
During Summer Session I, COE enrichment sessions are being held up to twice a week from June 3rd–July 3rd over 30-minute sessions. Discussions for enrichment opportunities during Summer Session II and possibly the Fall Semester are underway.