PAAC's Teacher Training Workshops are held twice a year in partnership with the East-West Center Arts Program and are open to all primary and secondary school teachers statewide. Held over a one and one-half day period, they include lessons in curriculum development, hands-on cultural activities, and exchange with fellow teachers and community experts. Workshop themes often coincide with ongoing East-West Center Art Gallery exhibits.
PAAC workshops are designed to support, inspire, and equip Hawaii's teachers with globally-themed curriculum ideas, classroom skills, and community resources necessary for their and their students' success.
Past Teacher Workshops
Explore India: Art Traditions
Our last teacher workshop was held on November 3-4, on India Arts Traditions. This hands-on teacher workshop was co-sponsored by the East-West Center Arts Program and PAAC. Experts presented a historical, geographical, and cultural overview of India; aesthetic features and recurring themes in Indian art; Indian culture in film (with a film viewing); and an EWC gallery exhibition tour highlighting Indian textile traditions. In addition, a visiting textile artist from India demonstrated traditional block printing techniques, and an introduction to Bollywood dance was presented. Relevant K-12 curricula was shared.
"This was, by far, the BEST [professional development] experience I've ever been a part of. I came away with so much more knowledge, ideas, and inspiration for my classes! It also helped me to see India in a new light: Prior to this workshop, I thought India would be a place I'd never want to visit, but now I'm absolutely eager to travel there one day. I especially loved being able to network with other teachers and learn first-hand from the experts themselves. What an incredible opportunity this was and I'm definitely looking forward to the next workshop!"
- Hawai’i DOE teacher
“Thank you very much for the workshop on Turkey. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to attend a well-run, informative, and rewarding event like this. I am frustrated by workshops that I feel I could have learned more by reading an article in fifteen minutes. This Turkey workshop will/did/has energized teachers, and improved our understanding of that country, and serves a higher mission.”
-Hawai’i DOE teacher