About Kamehameha Schools
At Kamehameha Schools, the mission to educate Native Hawaiian children was established by founder Ke Ali`i Pauahi. The mission is central to all daily functions and the drive behind the Schools’ work. The Strategic Plan outlines the path forward, and emphasizes that the same values instilled in students are the values teachers should live and teach by. Thus, students as well as teachers, administrators, and staff are held to a common set of learner outcomes (E Ola! elements highlighted below) and beliefs that will lead us to fulfilling Pauahi's mission.
Through this commitment is the belief that all Kamehameha Schools Employees and Students will become local and global servant leaders who are culturally engaged and play significant roles in creating strong `ohana (family) and communities throughout ka pae `aina o Hawai`i (the islands of Hawai`i) and beyond.
To maintain a World-Class, Hawaiian Culture-Based (WCHCBE) institution, Faculty are expected to be masters of their disciplines and craft; place a great deal of emphasis on (but are not limited to) these educational practices/approaches/philosophies:
- student-centered learning,
- `aina-based (place-based) learning environments,
- multicultural education,
- global education,
- service learning,
- indigenous education,
- data literacy and how data informs practice,
- integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum,
- project/inquiry-based learning,
- professional learning communities,
- design thinking,
- subject area expertise,
- integration of technology,
- meeting the individual needs of each student (personalized learning),
- assessing each student authentically,
- valuing skills over content,
- deep knowledge of a variety of assessment techniques,
- valuing mastery over traditional grading methods,
- constructivist learning techniques, and
- engagement of families in learning outcomes.
Faculty positions at Kamehameha Schools require a high level of cutting-edge teaching skills, the ability to teach to the whole child, and the ability to foster E Ola! Learner Outcomes; values in daily practice and kulana (department) on campus. A match with school culture is crucial in any position; Kamehameha Schools places a premium on a culture of excellence, customer service and positive relationships (pilina) as well as a commitment to the mission of Ke Ali`i Pauahi.
Na kumu (Teachers) at Kamehameha Schools are responsible to contribute to student learning by:
- Demonstrating Academic Competence in their subject area(s), and displaying an inclination for developing integrated and interdisciplinary work across the curriculum;
- Maintaining a Growth Mindset toward student learning, teaching practice, and personal/collective professional development;
- Demonstrating a high degree of Self-Efficacy (agency): teachers hold themselves accountable for learner outcomes, advocate for their students, work efficiently, and most importantly believe in their ability, the capability of their students and themselves to succeed and excel;
- Facilitating Problem-Solving, with curious minds, and critical thinkers who show a high degree of creative application in the implementation of data-driven curriculum and practice;
- Serving as Role-Models as innovative and creative learners who have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, personal growth, and being on the “cutting edge” of instructional practice and pedagogy;
- Collaborating effectively with a variety of stakeholder groups within the organization and with external partners to increase student performance and contribute to advancing the teaching and learning craft;
- Looking beyond the walls of their classroom and strive for/demonstrate Global Competence and how their work will expand the impact of students’ work to their families, and local and global communities;
- Deeply investing in the Learners’ Well-Being and health, safety, physical, socially, and emotionally. Teachers must recognize the relationship between social-emotional learning and academic performance and aspire toward developing and teaching the “whole child,” and
- Designing and facilitating differentiated and personalized learning goals and activities that follow a coherent sequence, are aligned to instructional goals, and engage students in high-level cognitive activity.
Employees at Kamehameha Schools are responsible for contributing to:
- The development of the Learners’ Strong Foundation based in knowledge of world and Hawaiian history and genealogy (`Ike Kupuna), care for the land (Aloha `aina), and Kupono--honorable character based in Hawaiian and Christian values. The commitment to these beliefs ensures that our Native Hawaiian students grow with a firm footing of character, identity, integrity and conviction.
- The development (and develop in themselves) a sense of Learners’ Native Hawaiian Identity. While knowledge of Hawaiian language, culture, and history can be helpful, it is not a prerequisite for Applicants. The key elements of identity as defined by our E Ola! Learner Outcomes can be applied universally and globally, as the E Ola! Spirit will resonate with an Applicant who finds common ground with these beliefs. Key elements of Hawaiian Identity are defined for Kamehameha as: Malama and Kuleana (social agency through community and global consciousness), Alaka’i Lawelawe (servant leadership) and Kulia (excellence).