A celebration of education innovation in Hawai'i schools
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About the Event
Given the challenges facing schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education innovation is more important than ever. We are thrilled to bring Spark & Inspire back on Wednesday, April 28 for a third straight year. After an in-person event in 2019 and three day virtual event in 2020, we are incorporating the best elements of both years’ events into a brand-new, exciting hybrid format. Presenters will be participating across multiple islands from satellite locations that enable small in-person audiences to participate safely while a larger audience joins online.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Living into our own expectations for innovation, Spark & Inspire is going beyond the normal “Zoom event” to give audience members the most interactive experience yet. The night will begin with powerful stories and pitches from the three presenter teams, which will serve as the “spark” to spur excitement and imagination about what is possible in Hawaii’s education system. Following these pitches, audience members will transition from spectators to participants to “inspire” presenters to be bigger and bolder with their ideas, jumping from Zoom to a unique platform where each presenter will workshop their projects alongside subject matter experts. This new format will give Spark & Inspire 2021 the energy of an in-person pitchfest and celebration of innovation!
4:00pm Zoom Webinar – Spark & Inspire Pitches
5:00pm – Gather Town – Interactive Workshops with Spark & Inspire presenters
Learn more about each presentation by clicking the photos below
Student, Punahou School
Designing and Integrating Filipino History and Culture
Teacher, Kealakehe High School
Multilingual Student Translators
Teacher, James Campbell High School
The ʻEwa Beach Drive In
We hope you will join us for Spark & Inspire. This event is one of the ways Teach For America Hawaiʻi and HawaiiKidsCan is working to increase innovation in our school system. As we do not want cost to be a barrier of attending this program, we do offer a free option to attend. However, if you are able we request that you financially support this program and/or this year’s presenters by selecting one of the paid options. This financial support will be used to help ensure we are able to continue to offer these types of opportunities and support the presenters in moving their projects forward.
City & County of Honolulu
HawaiiKidsCAN will empower communities with accessible information about our schools, and help elevate their voices and concerns to build the conditions for all students in Hawaii to thrive. Vision: HawaiiKidsCAN works to build an equitable education system for our keiki, ensuring every Hawaii student has access to a high-quality education that prepares them for a life of success and global and local leadership.
Teach For America Hawaiʻi works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunities for children. Founded in 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America Hawaiʻi recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment teaching in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. To date, Teach for America Hawaiʻi has trained more than 850 teachers, and continues to support a network of changemakers working across career sectors—including education, law, business, medicine, and government—to improve the education system and provide all children with an equitable education.