Last month, Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai held its first online fundraising event. We honored all our current teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Day. It takes special people to be called into the the teaching profession and we want to recognize those who have become teachers as well as those who are working to become teachers.
We are excited to say our campaign was a complete success! We exceeded our $5,000 goal and reached $6,300 from private donations alone. In addition, we have garnered over $17,000 in grants this year to support our mission to assist aspiring teachers on Kauai.
We are grateful to all of our supporters for their contributions to our cause.
Our grant recipients also understand that we are funded not only by local foundations and clubs, but by the community members they are working to serve. All of our student teacher recipients from the past few years are still teaching in Kauai schools. This is their promise to you: to teach on Kauai for a minimum of three years. Even in this time of a worldwide pandemic, our recipients are finding ways to continue teaching our keiki and fulfill their promise.
Just in time for the Spring 2021 applications, we have added a completely onlineStudent Teacher Grant Application! Now, you can enter all the required information and upload your files directly to our database.
For those of you who prefer to email or mail your applications to us, we have kept those links on the same page below the online application.
The deadline is nearing, so please be sure to gather the necessary information and recommendation letters. All applications are due November 30, 2020. We will review and determine the eligibility of all the applications we receive at our Board meeting in the first week of December.
Our own board member and a 2014 GOOTOK Award recipient, Monique Kan-Souza, was one of 18 dedicated professionals from various complex areas on Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii and Maui who successfully completed the Cohort 7 2017-2018 Targeted Learning Cycle Series earning 9 PD Credits, and was featured in the August 2018 OCDE Project GLAD Newsletter. It showed her perseverance and commitment to professional growth and instructional enhancements to serve all students, especially English Learners. We are all so very proud of Monique and all she has accomplished!
OCDE Project GLAD® NTC has provided exemplary training for educators both resulting in students’ access to quality instruction and high-levels of success, for over 20 years. GLAD stands for Guided Language Acquisition Design. Their model enhances teachers’ design and delivery of standards-based instruction through an integrated approach with the intent of building language proficiency and academic comprehension. OCDE Project GLAD® classrooms promote an environment that respects and honors each child’s voice, personal life experience, and beliefs and values their culture.
To learn more about this program, please visit Project Glad.
As we build our website, we will add important news and announcements to our blog. You can find new teaching projects, ideas, and news here in the upcoming months. We will also include announcements regarding open grant application periods and the recipients of those funds.
Currently, we are restructuring and creating a new strategic plan to better serve the student teachers and our community. We have a critical shortage of teachers here on Kauai which leads to larger classrooms and less one-on-one time for our children in school. Many classrooms are being filled by unlicensed or substitute teachers. This is an urgent issue and we are working to determine the best ways in which we can help.
In the near future, we will be talking to principals and teachers to get their ideas on the matter and any suggestions for solutions. This is an ongoing challenge and we will address it as we move forward.