H-PEP welcomed to the world its very first Cohort of educators on May 21, 2016. In what would be a first of its kind, the Hawaiʻi Positive Engagement Project welcomed educators from around the state to embark on a 10 week professional development course.
“We want our educators to make a connection not only to the material and each other but also to themselves” says Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka, H-PEP Project Coordinator. “Educating our keiki is a great responsibility and it can be incredibly stressful. We provide educators with tools to practice self care and strength- based mindsets, in hopes that they can be their best selves and help keiki be their best selves.”
H-PEPʻs first cohort, wrapped up itʻs course work with a final full day celebrated in aloha and laughter on July 23, 2016.
H-PEP Educator Cohort 2 closed off their 10 week course this past Saturday, November 19. Cohort 2 featured a wide range of instructors and subject matters that revolved around H-PEPʻs core founding principles of positivity and self care. There were massage sessions, journaling, online educational lectures and juggling! Most of all there was a bond that was forged between participants who became more than just a network of early education professionals but a community of support that went beyond this moment in time.
“we are so fortunate to have such a caring community of educators.”
With most of the cohortʻs content and interaction based online, the community initially faced the challenge of creating connectivity in a technologically based world. “It was a challenge that our educators immediately met with open arms. Learning new things and reaching outside of our comfort zones helped to push us through those initial challenges.”says Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka, H-PEPʻs Project Coordinator. Adding,”we are so fortunate to have such a caring community of educators.”
With Cohort 2 in the books, the Hawaiʻi Positive Engagement Project looks forward to welcoming their third Cohort at the start of 2017.Visit our H-PEP Educator Cohort page for more information on how you can be a part of the movement happy educators!