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Planning MPI's Roadmap into the Future

Posted on April 11, 2010

by Dr. Edna Hussey on April 11, 2010

MPI has embarked on a new chapter in its 102nd year of providing a high-quality education to students in Hawaii. For now, I'm calling the working title of this chapter "From Good to Great: MPI's Educational Plan for the 21st Century." This past Thursday and Friday, nearly sixty persons representing every constituent group of MPI participated in a strategic planning process expertly led by consultant Susan Stone. Information from the listening groups in which many of you participated, results from the online parent and alumni surveys, and other data such as financial reports and curricular program overviews, provided the basis for several overarching goals.  Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, parents, and administration listened to each other's hopes for the school. Through a very careful distillation process, we now have an initial draft of MPI's 2010 strategic plan.  The draft will undergo a thorough editing process before it goes to the Board of Trustees for their input and approval. We anticipate a revised plan by August, at which time the faculty and administration will be meeting to determine specific strategies and actions to implement MPI's road map into the future.

The faculty and I are conducting a mini-research project to answer this question: What is evidence of learning? Over the next three weeks, teachers will be collecting data (samples of student work in inquiry) to analyze and discuss at our weekly lunch meetings. Yes! Every week since the beginning of the school year, we've been meeting to hone our understanding of inquiry as an approach for teaching and learning. Many of us look forward to these informal meetings as a refreshing break to talk with colleagues about what matters most to us -- every child's learning. We're preparing for the end-of-the-school-year assessments, and this data analysis will be helpful since we will soon be returning to the performance continua to place your child at some appropriate point on this continua -- based on our analysis of the evidence of learning.

Dr. George Forman, emeritus professor from Amherst, Massachusetts and expert Piagetian psychologist who has worked extensively with Reggio Emilia schools, will be observing preschool classes this week. He has been consulting with us for over two years, and we have been quite fortunate to work as closely as we have with this world-renown and much-respected expert of Reggio philosophy. He will be presenting this Saturday in our dining on the topic of "big ideas" in teaching versus themes. The conference is open to the public, however, reservations are required.  Call our main office at 441-3800, if you're interested in attending.

I'm off to Keanae, Maui on Monday morning with the fifth graders and their teachers.  The neighbor island trip is a fifth grade tradition, and we're looking forward to lots of community-building fun. I return Tuesday, after the long drive along the winding Hana Highway.   

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey