Hawai’i Networked Learning Communities

Hawai’i Networked Learning Communities (HNLC) sought to building teacher capacity and student achievement in math, science, and technology (SMT) in Hawaii’s rural schools through:

  • Standards-based integrated SMT units
  • Alignment with Hawai`i Vision of a Public School Graduate
  • Collaboration on projects and resources in SMT
  • Immersion of curricula in place, culture, community
  • Evidence-based practices for assessing achievement

HNLC offered teachers professional development through on-site workshops, mentoring by resource teachers and experts, and on-line coursework. Courses deepened teacher knowledge in evidence-based research techniques and developing best practices in science, math, and technology. Regional training and demonstration schools gave teachers and school teams an environment for cooperative learning and the development of professional communities of practice.

We designed the HNLC web site, hnlc.org, as an interactive online community center that enables and facilitates collaboration and sharing of resources across geographic and institutional boundaries. Teachers and other educators meet in the virtual world to use a unit development tool, share units and student work using collaborative communication technology, build and access a library of Hawaiian resources for education, and share news, stories, and achievements across schools and islands in a community forum. Visit hnlc.org for more info.

HNLC was a cooperative effort of the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Department of Education. It was funded by the National Science Foundation under a Rural Systemic Initiative (planning grant), 1999-2001, grant #9907894, and under Rural Systemic Initiative, 2001-2006 cooperative agreement #0100393.