We are currently implementing our curriculum in a public middle school in Hawaii. This is the result of an agreement with the Hawaii Department of Education (DoE) to measure the impact of our program and its possible contribution to the DoE’s priorities, which include students’ character development and integrity, academic motivation and readiness to learn. The Hawaii DoE also puts emphasis on the students’ sense of connection and responsibility to their school and greater community as well as their ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving. These are all characteristics that IBREA’s program tries to enhance. By studying the students evolution throughout the program with the help of pre- and post- surveys, we hope to reflect its value in contribution to the DoE goals.
IBREA is working with 5 groups of students who are in leadership classes and are considered to be role models in the school. Mid-way through the project, we are observing good developments in their maturity, emotional management, focus and collaboration. The project also includes AVID students. Hawaii’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program Model helps prepare all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.
We would like to end the project by inviting selected students to IBREA’s Conference in the United Nations. Given the challenging socio-economic background of the community we are working with, we would like to fundraise for their travel and stay so we can provide scholarships. We invite you to contribute!