If you have been involved with Maui Prep for the past two or three years, you may have noticed a change in vocabulary amongst our faculty. Terms like “21st-century education” and “project-based learning (PBL)” have become common place in classrooms, faculty meetings, assemblies, and PTSO gatherings. In many ways, this movement started when Maui Prep was awarded a “Schools Of The Future” grant from Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) in conjunction with the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) in the 2009-10 school year. Thanks to the hard work of the faculty, administration, and especially our Director of Technology, Mr. Branden Hazlet, Maui Prep has since been awarded this grant every year subsequent as we continue to develop and modify our pedagogy. “Education visionaries” such as Sir Ken Robinson and Tony Wagner advocate that today’s students are fundamentally different learners than previous generations and that our current form of education needs to adapt to today’s students needs. 21st-century education seeks to promote skills that include the following: collaboration, creativity, communication and critical-thinking (known as the “Four C’s”). By developing these skills and incorporating them into Maui Prep classrooms, our students will have the flexibility and adaptability to succeed in a world that is changing at an ever-increasing rate.
We encourage you to download “A Parent’s Guide to 21st-Century Learning” and join us in our discussion of how we can best serve our kids. The guide is produced by Edutopia, a wonderful resource for educators and parents dedicated to changing the way we think about education. This publication will provide more detail on what we are attempting to do as a school and provide examples of the types of projects your children will be doing in Maui Prep classrooms.