Leading and Flourishing in the New Year - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Leading and Flourishing in the New Year

Posted on August 18, 2015

by Dr. Paul Turnbull on August 18, 2015

Welcoming students back to school is a powerful experience. I am consistently reminded of the power of our community's potential, and I am proud of the way in which Mid-Pacific has embraced the needs of the 21st century learner.

Over a number of years, and with this century's rapid changes and technological advancements in mind, Mid-Pacific intentionally developed unique, rigorous programs that challenge our students to discover and demonstrate intellectual curiosity, perseverance, collaboration, creativity, resilience and compassion.

As influencers in the education community, leaders in innovative technology, and experts in teaching and learning, we make children the top priority in all that we do. Guided by our Aspirational pillars, we continually build innovative programs to benefit future generations of student leaders - leaders who will become innovators, artists, and individuals.

Mid-Pacific's commitment to deeper learning in the 21st century, combined with its technology partners and research partners at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, allows us to redefine the intersection of technology, science, humanities and the arts in education. Moving forward in this new century, the result will be an intellectual and creative marketplace designed to blur the boundaries between advanced technologies, the arts, and traditional disciplines ... providing students with a powerful foundation for critical problem-solving and entrepreneurial thinking in college and beyond. We believe this enhanced model of integrated education at Mid-Pacific is the answer to an outdated model of education being used by the overwhelming majority of schools in Hawaii and the United States.

In order to reach our Aspirational goals, our entire community will have to work together. Mid-Pacific will achieve its Aspirations through our commitment to the philosophy of E Kūlia Kākou: Let us strive and aspire together. E Kūlia Kākou is our call to action, reminding us that while we act as one, our strength actually comes from our diversity of thoughts and abilities.

As a result, Mid-Pacific is stronger than its component parts. I am thankful to be part of a community that embraces bold directions on behalf of students, and I am excited to watch our students flourish this year.

E Kūlia Kākou,


Paul Turnbull, Ph.D.