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Who We Are

The Hawaii Lab Cohorts are teacher learning communities that offer an ongoing, job embedded, differentiated approach to professional learning for teachers to keep them renewed and accountable to continuous learning and growth in their profession.



We believe the Hawaii Lab Cohort (HLC) model for professional development is powerful because it provides teachers an opportunity for reflection and self-assessment, while simultaneously building their content area expertise and pedagogy through research-based practices.

The HLC model strengthens and extends teachers' professional practice by providing them with

  • multiple opportunities for rich peer classroom observations

  • the giving and receiving of actionable feedback

  • coaching and mentoring from their colleagues

Unlike traditional professional development initiatives, HLCs are designed to be on going to keep teachers renewed and held accountable for continuous learning and growth in their practice so they can become change agents in their schools and leaders in their profession. 

Benefits of HLC

HLC is anchored in CoP and Hawaii Place

To enhance our teachers' professional learning experience and connect them to the values of the place we call home (Hawaii),

 the HLC model is anchored in the Community of Practice Theory (CoP) which places emphasis on building relationships, working together, sharing knowledge, and creating new knowledge for the benefit of the group.

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I still bring so much of what I learned from my participation with the HLC into everything I do in my classroom. It has given me the backbone to be more of a risk-taker and change maker in my school. It was a great experience!

Sherri, HLC Teacher 2013-2016

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