I am a consultant, a mentor, a writer, a thinker, a journalist, a painter, a creative, and a husband. I have made many mistakes, though I try to learn from each one. I have a goal to positively impact millions of lives, and want to enable this through gaining partnerships and developing new relationships through OpenIDEO. I work hard, make mistakes, and do my best, come what may.
Hi Kulaniakea! You have a great program, and I like how you are teaching both Hawaiian and English in your classes. Have you considering incorporating the elderly Native Hawaiian volunteers to help in instruction of your classes? I know that structure was used with a school called Lumiar in Brazil with success - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4vzhweOefs
In reading your proposal, I admire your optimism in scaling. If your lab preschool serves 14 children, 2 to 6-year-old, and their parents/families, and intends to graduate 25-30 Native children, do you plan to reach over 4,000 children annually through efforts with Chaminade University, Hawaii State Department of Education, Ashoka and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation? Do you have ways of measuring your impact with these organizations?
Having an educational nonprofit with online programs, what medium will you use to release all lesson plans, curriculum, teacher’s guide and parents’ companion of our materials to the general public, while also generating income from these materials?
In your proposal, you state that "culture-based education has proven to be a protective factor, which leads to multiple/cascading positive outcomes at both individual and community levels." Do you have metrics for culture-based education working in other areas to solve the widespread problems among low income families that you are talking about?
I see this program as a worthwhile effort! It is great how you are adapting to each child to help them succeed in a way that they haven't before using cultural education. Being a bottom-up organization, you have some significant support and partnerships already. I wish for your success!