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Kanu o ka Aina launches online education

Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School is launching a Blended Learning Hui. This expansion of KANU is an addition to traditional, classroom-based education and is available to students in grades 6 to 11. The educational components of the hui are online learning for core subject classes and Hawaiian language coupled with integrated, self-directed, independent, place-based projects.

Core subjects offered online through K12 Aventa Learning will include English, math, science and social studies. Hawaiian language classes will be offered through Niuolahiki from Aha Punana Leo. Independent projects will incorporate Hawaiian culture, history, traditions and practice with 21st century technology.

All students’ paths will be charted by a college preparatory Individualized Learning Plan authored and maintained in a partnership of student, ‘ohana and KANU. Two to three hour long, weekly face-to-face sessions with a KANU instructor or advisor are required and will help students stay on target to complete classes and projects. The schedule, to the maximum allowable degree, is flexible and uses a 12-month calendar. The program is scheduled to begin Sept. 1, but KANU will be accepting students until October 1 or until all spaces are taken, whichever comes first.

As a free public K-12 school, KANU, which integrates Hawaiian culture, language, traditions, community and the natural environment in a curriculum that is project-based and place-based, is held to the same performance expectations and same assessment testing that all schools throughout the state must follow.

Applications for KANU Blended Learning Hui can be picked up at the KANU office or downloaded from the Hui’s website at http://bit.ly/kanublendedlearning. For more information, contact Kamaka Meringolo at kanublendedlearning@kalo.org.