Supporting Educational Equity and Teacher Development
Kapolei, Hawai‘i, USA – The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization has been awarded a grant from James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation to support its Kūlia & Ka Lama Education Academy (KKLEA).
The funding of $35,000 will enable INPEACE to provide professional development, financial aid, and other support services to culturally highly qualified educators who are dedicated to actively transforming educational outcomes for Wai‘anae students.
KKLEA empowers Native Hawaiian community members to become teachers in their own communities. Research shows that teacher quality and cultural competence make a big difference in the outcome of a student’s education. This is especially true in indigenous populations and communities of color. KKLEA focuses on recruiting, supporting, and retaining Native Hawaiian educators to address disparities in education by providing year-round support and incentives to current and future teachers. KKLEA aims to build diversity in the teaching profession to address the cultural mismatch between teachers and students.
“The James and Abigail grant will allow KKLEA to continue providing community counseling support to Wai’anae residents who aspire to teach for Wai’anae,” said Ms. Angela Hoppe-Cruz, Assistant ProgramDirector. “The dire teacher shortage facing Hawaii disproportionately impacts our Wai’anae moku. Our coaches provide this necessary counseling support, which is pivotal to our students who persist in attaining their teaching degree. With this grant, KKLEA will be able to grow our own teacher workforce rooted in the community that the keiki need and deserve,” Ms. Cruz noted.
In 2018, KKLEA helped current and aspiring teachers complete 26 degrees, including: 2 Child Development Associate Certificates; 7 associate degrees; 3 master’s degrees; 7 bachelor’s degrees, 2 Special Education Certificates; and 5
National Board Certification Certificates. Not only did this elevation in education bring qualified and diverse teachers to schools in need but it created an estimated total potential wage increase in the amount of $6,043,800 over a 20-year projection. Over the past 25 years INPEACE has placed 288 teachers in their own community, 239 of whom are still teaching. For 2018-2019, KKLEA continues to enhance and strengthen placement and retention services for teaching positions on the Wai’anae Coast. Furthermore, through a collaborative relationship with the University of Hawaii, KKLEA will be able to measure and determine program efficiencies.
About James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation
Established in 1980, the Foundation embraces the values and beliefs of James and Abigail Campbell by investing in Hawai’i’s people and commu-nities that nurture them. Over the years, the Foundation has had a great return on this investment – in the form of stronger families, more effective educational programs and an improved quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i.