Students spend day off helping at school conference


Avery Burgoyne (left) and Emele Blackmon introduced the school psychologist, who discussed the concept of executive function.

Na Hoku Staff

While many of you were sleeping in or going to the beach last Friday, several of your classmates assisted with the school’s 20th annual professional development conference. Juniors and seniors served as hosts and campus guides. MeneMAC students videotaped the keynote speakers in the PAC, then dispersed to the different workshop rooms to document the various presenters.

The conference, “Conversations for Learning: What Fuels Engagement,” welcomed more than 450 teachers from the Moanalua Complex. The keynote speakers were Persida and William Himmele, professors at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. they spoke about the importance of identifying strategies that engage students in the learning process.

Attendees were able to attend three breakout sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from math education, critical thinking, social-emotional support, and effective teaching strategies. Several Moanalua High School teachers presented workshops.

Being able to attend the different sessions and learn from other educators is “great way to contribute to our growth and improvement as a school,” Moanalua High School Principal Robin Martin said.