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Inspired by the indigenous Hawaiian kupukupu fern, a plant so resilient that it is often the first life to sprout on a barren lava field, the logo for Mid-Pacific’s Kupu Hou Academy resembles a fern leaf and symbolizes growth and the sprouting of knowledge.

In Hawaiian, kupu hou means, “to sprout anew.” This name captures the mission and spirit of Mid-Pacific’s Kupu Hou Academy. By sharing the knowledge and experience gathered through the practice of Deeper Learning at Mid-Pacific Institute over many years, we empower educators and students to sprout anew through transformative Deeper Learning practices.

Kupu Hou Academy at Mid-Pacific Institute is grounded in teachers helping teachers to grow their professional practice through hands-on, interactive and collaborative design work in Deeper Learning. Our greatest desire is for all students to be successful, global citizens who imagine, create and develop innovative ideas and solutions as productive members and leaders of their generation.

What We Do

Kupu Hou Academy at Mid-Pacific develops teacher and leader training opportunities for Deeper Learning, an active, student-centered approach to learning that focuses on:

  • Mastering academic content
  • Thinking critically
  • Solving complex problems
  • Communicating effectively
  • Working collaboratively
  • Learning how to learn
  • Developing academic mindsets

Deeper Learning experiences require students to challenge assumptions, be creative, conduct research and learn as they work toward relevant, community-based solutions —essential skills students need to successfully navigate the future.

We understand that a “one-size fits all” method does not work in the classroom or professional practice. We take the time to listen and offer consultation on customized approaches to Deeper Learning professional development that works for your school, your time, your budget.

Kupu Hou Academy expertise comes from our own work in Hawaiʻi classrooms and translating this experience to supporting hundreds of teachers across the state of Hawaiʻi and beyond in transforming their professional practices to make meaningful impacts in the lives of students.

Our knowledge in Deeper Learning comes from more than a decade of applied, innovative programs in Inquiry, Project-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Reggio Emilia-inspired teaching, and state-of-the-art technology integration strategies at Mid-Pacific Institute. We have partnerships with faculty researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Research Schools International, Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and worked closely with High Tech High, Envision Learning Partners, The Hewlett Foundation and other leading members of the Deeper Learning Network.

We use the Assessment, Standards, Product, Integration, Relevance, Experiential (ASPIRE) Framework to help teachers and leaders develop powerful Deeper Learning experiences. The ASPIRE Framework is used as a guiding lens that allows teachers to design and strengthen their project development to assure quality classroom implementation.

Why Deeper Learning

Kupu Hou Academy offers a series of workshops in Deeper Learning practices, because of the wealth of data demonstrating that learning is more engaging and lasting with a Deeper Learning approach. In schools with Deeper Learning cultures, teachers experience higher job satisfaction and create powerful school communities. Deeper Learning principles strengthen both how teachers teach (pedagogy) and how they gauge learning (assessment).

Our Goals

  • To improve classroom learning through intentionally designed Deeper Learning experiences and support classroom teachers as they create original and powerful Deeper Learning lessons, inquiries and projects
  • To engender a love of teaching and invigorate teachers as they implement engaging and effective instructional practices
  • To connect teachers and leaders to the network of Deeper Learning practitioners in Hawaiʻi
  • To provide teachers and schools with specific tools, processes, and relevant research to apply the ASPIRE framework for Deeper Learning teaching and learning
  • To leverage the natural and cultural significance of Hawaiʻi in learning experiences