Lononuiākea The Collective


Now that the 2016-2017 academic year has come to a close, Lononuiākea has the opportunity to reflect on our successful collaborative initiatives. On April 29, 2017, the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative Action Network (CAN) tabled at the Hawaiʻi Island Early Childhood Conference to promote the Lononuiākea Early-Childhood Substitute Pool. Through this promotion, Lononuiākea was able to donate over 200 books in English and Hawaiian to organizations participating in the conference.

Enrollment for the PRESCHOOL Substitute pool has now closed and our partners look forward to piloting this new system in the upcoming school year. The Kindergaren Readiness CAN also successfully created a directory of East Hawaiʻi Preschools to promote enrollment and provide resources to families.

The Post-Secondary CAN has continued to progress on its initiative of providing early-college opportunities to all high school students in East Hawaiʻi. A subgroup within Lononuiākea made up of the Hawaiian language and culture-based schools called Papaiākea will be piloting the first Hawaiʻi Community College course offered collaboratively through multiple schools. The goal of Lononuiākea is that every high school student in East Hawaiʻi will graduate with credits, so this group of students will be the first cohort to take college courses through their high school career.  The courses are:

Hawaiian Studies 100 Piko Hawaiʻi 

Interdisciplinary Studies IS 100

Math 131 - Intro to College Level Algebra
English 100 Composition
Hawaiian Language 102

Both the Kindergarten and Post-Secondary CANs will be focusing on identifying collaborative activites to be hosted throughout the school. These activities will be focusing on Hawaiian culture and the environment to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields. The Kindergarten Readiness CAN partners are planning to have their students participate together in Makahiki in Keaukaha through protocols, hula, and activities in November 2017. The partners of Papaiākea will be hosted a collaborative event called Huakaʻi Kīlauea, a high school bridge program where students will be learning traditional chants and stories.

            As a larger collective partnership, Lononuiākea has transitioned from the Exploring Gateway to the Emerging Gateway within the StriveTogether framework. Lononuiākea has gained national recognition as a vibrant cross-sector partnership: https://www.strivetogether.org/the-network/. With this new membership, Lononuiākea was also selected to present at the StriveTogether National Convening from October 3-5, 2017 in Pheonix, Arizona. Lononuiākea’s presentation will focus on the importance of culture within academics as an avenue to improve readiness and academic success.

            For more information on Lononuiākea: The Collective, please visit our website: http://www.kamaaha.org/lononui_kea_the_collective. If any schools would like to join the collective work of the partnership, please contact the Project Director, ʻĀlika Guerrero at alika@kamaaha.org or (808) 961-0470.



Lononuiākea: The Collective www.kamaaha.org/lononui_kea_the_collective.      
is making great strides in improving education for Native Hawaiian students through their current initiatives, including the development of a substitute teachers pool. The Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative Action Network (CAN) has created a new system of finding and employing highly qualified early childhood substitutes through a shared substitute pool and an innovative form viewing availability. This system will help ensure that there are qualified substitutes available during a teacher’s absence, allowing teachers additional opportunity to pursue professional development.
 Open enrollment for the substitute pool began February and will close in June. Lononuiākea will also be tabling at the Hawaiʻi Island Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, April 29, to recruit substitutes for the Lononuiākea substitute pool and also partner to join our cross-sector partnership.


Partners Are on the Forefront of the New Wave of Education

Kamaʻaha Educational Initiative is a member of Lononuiākea: The Collective and shares the belief that the key to improving education for Native Hawaiian students is data-drive innovation and cross-sector partnerships.

Started in 2015, the Collective now has 16 educational institutions across East Hawaiʻi, all committed to the goal of increasing the number of Native Hawaiian students who are culturally enriched and prepared to move into science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) fields. In September, Lononuiākea: The Collective convened its first Leadership Table, a diverse group of community representatives in business and education, to ensure that the Collective is fulfilling its mission, uninhibited by financial and political barriers.

Currently, Lononuiākea: The Collective has two functioning Collaborative Action Networks (CANs): Kindergarten Readiness and Post-Secondary Readiness. CAN's work is data-driven and all data will be stored in a data warehouse called eduCLIMBER. Each partner has been offered a one-year free subscription to eduCLIMBER.

This progress has presented Lononuiākea: The Collective with the opportunity to apply for national recognition under the StriveTogether framework! Collaborative educational partnerships are appearing across the United States, and Lononuiākea: The Collective will soon be representing East Hawaiʻi on the national level, furthering our goal of driving East Hawaiʻi into the forefront of the new wave of education.  CLICK HERE TO SEE BROCHURE




Kamaʻaha is offering to support East Hawaiʻi charter school with the first year license for Educlimber a data warehouse as a tool for Lononuiākea collection of core indicators.  Lononuiākea partners will be able to use Educlimber to track their organization specific data and roll up that data to inform the entire collective.  The first step will be to input pilot partners and then create a baseline report to inform targeted areas of impact.  Click here to see EduClimber



Lononuiākea: The Collective grows by one new staff person, Alika Guerrero.  Alikaʻs brings an energy and commitment to making an impact on the Native Hawaiian community.  A recent graduate of UH Hilo Alika will be the Project Director for the collective.  In this position, he will manage the collective to ensure that the mission and core values of the partnership are put into practice.  He will be working in East Hawaiʻi to support internal and external communications and engagement of the broader community.  

Alikaʻs first Lononuiākea meeting will be with the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative Action Network (CAN) on Tuesday, July 19th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Kamehamehaʻs East Hawaiʻi Resource Center.  During this session members of this CAN will be identifying no more than three shared Lononuiākea indicators that their individual organizations will share data

Another of Alikaʻs tasks will be to work with EduClimber and participating schools to set up their Data Warehouse.  This data warehouse will allow the schools to share their data internally but also provide the data to Lononuiākea to identify targeted areas for impact.  



While Kamaʻaha is busy creating the physical place for Lononuiākea, it is also creating a collective impact initiative.  A Collective Impact is a group of actors from different sectors committed to a common agenda for solving a complex social or environmental problem. This effort will allow the various organizations are participating to move from isolated impact to large-scale impact for Native Hawaiian academic achievement in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  

Currently, Kamaʻaha is working with current partners and looking for new partners to become members of the Lononuiākea Collective Impact Steering Committee.  This committee will eventually include members from government, nonprofit, business and philanthropy.  They will develop and refine the Common Agenda for change, including the problem statement, goals and guiding principles.  Data will be used to inform strategy development and to learn.  The Steering Committee will track the progress of work using agreed upon indicators.  Members will consider their individual organizations and how they will align with the Common Agenda. Steering Committee members will be a vocal champion of the collective impact effort in the community.

To do this work Steering Committee members will attend regularly scheduled meetings every two months.  They will review all materials to prepare for engaged discussion, active listening and respectful dialogue.  

The Collective Impact Initiative will also have Collaborative Action Networks (CANs).  CANs are sub-groups reporting to the Steering Committee that help choose and implement strategies, engage community members, and track progress towards goals. Members are often a relevant subject matter or community experts. 

In January of 2015 Lononuiākea brought together young Native Hawaiian STEAM professionals to share their lifeʻs journey and identify significant milestones and/or influences that allowed them to be successful in their professions.  From that discussion the a roadmap was created and has informed the programmatic thinking around how we assist Native Hawaiian children, youth, families and communities achieve success in STEAM.  




Below are some informational videos of Lononuiākea The Collective








With the dedication of resources including time it appears that there has been improvement in student achievement in this area.


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