Inclusive Education Workshop: Building a Positive Learning Identity

By: Jonathan Mooney
 November 28, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Assets High School

The Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) is pleased to announce a Workshop by Jonathan Mooney. Jonathan was one of “those kids”: one of those Kids who couldn’t sit still and spent elementary school chilling out with the janitor in the hallway; couldn’t keep his mouth shut, so he spent middle school on a first name basis with Shirley, the receptionist in the principal’s office; and one of those kids who spent much of high school hiding in the bathroom to escape reading out loud with tears streaming down his face. Growing up he had ever label under the sun: the bad kid, the dumb kid, the “at risk kid”, the special ED kid. He was diagnosed with dyslexia in fourth grade, dropped out of school for a time in sixth grade and had a plan for suicide when he was 12 years old. He had many low expectations that surrounded him. He was told he would be a high school drop-out; he was told he would flip burgers for a living, and he was told that people like him usually end up incarcerated.

But he beat those odds, graduating from Brown University with an honors degree in English lit. How did he do it? That question is the heart of the Jonathan personal, humorous, and research based talk: Those Kids. During the workshop, Jonathan will explore three ideas that changed his life and that all educators can adopt to support vulnerable and at risk learners. He provides concrete strategies to support teachers in building a positive learning identity when many students like himself believe they are “stupid, crazy, and lazy”; he outlines a strengths-based approached the gives teacher concrete idea on how to scale students strengths and build contextualized learning pathways; and he explores the power of student teachers connections and relationships as the foundation of transformative learning environments.  And through all of this, Jonathan celebrates educators as change agents and education as a powerful tool for personal and social transformation.

Registration Fees 
HAIS Member School $150
Non-Member School $175
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Spaces are limited and reservations are non-refundable. Payments must be received within three weeks of registration, and no later than November 17, to complete the registration and hold your space. 



By Check – please mail payment to HAIS:
1585 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 1212
Honolulu, HI 96814
Attn: Myrna Medeiros
By Credit Card – Please call Myrna at 808.973.1534. Note that a 3.8% processing fee will be added to the total.
Workshop Location:
Assets High School
913 Alewa Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

More About Jonathan:

Jonathan Mooney is a writer and learning activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. Jonathan has spent his entire professional career as a social entrepreneur developing organizations, programs, and initiatives to improve the lives of marginalized groups. In 1997, as an undergraduate at Brown University, Jonathan co-founded Project Eye-To-Eye, a non-profit advocacy organization for students with learning differences.  As the founding president and Executive Director, Jonathan grew the organization from an undergraduate project conceived in his dorm room into a national organization, which currently has 38 chapters in 20 states working with over 10,000 parents, educators, and students.  Jonathan has also worked extensively to create career and college pathways to move low-income youth and adults out of poverty creating the Los Angeles Energy pathway program; The Urban Teacher Fellowship; and the Promo Pathway, an initiative Vice President Al Gore called “a model for moving at-risk youth into the creative economy.”

With the publication of Learning Outside The Lines (now in its 18th printing) when he was 23, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in the neurodiversity and learning revolution.  His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal was published in the spring of 2007 to outstanding reviews. Both books are considered foundational texts in the disability rights movement, the inclusive education movement, and the learning revolution and are used in undergraduate and graduate program at universities and colleges across the country including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jonathan’s work has been widely recognized for its innovation and social impact and is a highly sought after speaker on neurodiversity, education reform, the learning revolution, and creating college and career pathways for at risk youth.

Jonathan Mooney in the News: 

You Are Special! Now Stop Being Different​


Please feel free to contact the HAIS Office with any questions:  
Megan Polak –
 or at 808.973.1543