Ho’ala Offers Character Workshop

Alana Folen
Wednesday - June 11, 2008
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Ho’ala School is taking a stand on the importance of character education with a four-day long workshop June 24-27 in Wahiawa.

The Summer Institute on Ho’ala Educational Philosophy will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. all four days on the 311 Lehua St. campus.

Administrators, teachers, school and family counselors, social workers, student-teachers, parents and anyone working with children are invited. According to Ho’ala principal Linda Turnbull, it will show participants how to use the school’s philosophy to organize an implicit curriculum.

“Ho’ala’s philosophy is based on the fact that every school has two curricula: The explicit - core and elective subjects, standards, assessment; and the implicit - everything else in the environment that sends implicit messages to kids, including the way that adults talk with each other and the students, discipline, nonverbal communication, etc.”

The workshop fee is $400 and scholarships are available to student-teachers. For an additional cost, participants may receive college credit from California’s Humboldt State University. For more information, call 621-1898 or visit www.hoala.org.

The private school integrates character education into the curriculum because it benefits students in the classroom and in all aspects of their daily lives, Turnbull explained.

“Ho’ala’s definition of character education is the development of citizens (students/teachers/parents) of personal integrity who act effectively for the good of the whole ...

“When a school has specific structures and systems in place to fulfill these basic needs, it is our experience that students are more likely to act in moral ways - respectful, responsive and responsible; and improve academically - resourceful.

“I hope that the participants will leave with an understanding that children learn best by example and experience.”

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