“Classroom Catalysts: Tomorrow’s Classroom Today”
June 29, 2013, FreshCafe, Honolulu, HI
This 2013 TEDxHonoluluSalon event provided educators — teachers, administration, parents and students — an opportunity to engage and build awareness around current innovative educational approaches in our community. Our speakers explored new approaches to learner-centered education and other ways to create positive influence on Hawai‘i’s education system.
The event was produced by Matt Lynch & the TEDxHonolulu Organizing Team, with Special Guest Curators Sean Briel & Dan Nash, the dynamic duo of teachers who shared the stage at 2011’s TEDxHonolulu main event with their talk: “Changing Perceptions of Math by Teaching Students to Teach Themselves.” They hand-selected three individuals to share their stories about the classroom, and how they are innovating in education.
Kuuleilani Samson, born and raised in Waianae, now raises her beautiful, healthy baby girl as a full-time parent, farmer and student. She began her career as a Kauhale Youth Leadership Training Program intern and is currently the Assistant Manager at MAO Organic Farms, a farm dedicated to growing healthy crops and developing a new generation of leaders by reconnecting them to their land and heritage. Kuuleilani is enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Hawaiian Studies Program as an undergraduate student. She plans to teach Hawaiian Studies at her graduating high school and help lead her community to a healthier future, alongside other food warriors of her generation.
Jordan D’Olier is a teacher at Kamaile Academy. Growing up in a privileged environment in Hawai‘i, Jordan developed a keen understanding of how lucky he was to grow up in a paradisiacal land whilst enjoying the best educational experiences available. He developed a strong need to give back to his home state after receiving his college education on the mainland and participating in the Teach for America program. Jordan has returned home to one of O‘ahu’s highest need areas in our educational system. Becoming a math teacher at Kamaile Academy on the Waianae Coast, Jordan has worked on a system to empower students to direct their own learning process.
Buffy Cushman-Patz is a School Leader and Founder at SEEQs. Drawing on her experiences in several teacher development programs, from Washington D.C. to Harvard to South Africa, Buffy took on the challenge of making education more dynamic and meaningful for students and teachers. How did she take on this challenge? By developing a new school with the mission to empower both students and teachers to lead and learn in the educational process.
TEDxHonoluluSalon #3 Organizing Volunteers:
Genesis Leong License Holder and Lead Curator
Matthew Lynch Producer
Sean Briel Guest Curator & Co-Producer
Dan Nash Guest Curator
Gene Shofner Speakers’ Coach
Samantha Hudson Carpool & Bike Valet Coordinator
Cornelia Jolitz Graphic Designer
TEDxHonoluluSalon #3 Day of Event Volunteers:
Jason Matias Photography
Kaleo Production Member
Catherine Hirakami Registration Member
Ruby Menon Registration Member
Rey Valdez Registration Member
TEDxHonoluluSalon #3 Partners