About Us

The CREDE Hawai‘i project is part of the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. For the past seven years, our program has offered professional development to teachers of native Hawaiian and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. We are currently working on developing an early childhood place-based science curriculum in collaboration with several schools across the state of Hawai‘i.

The CREDE Hawai‘i team is dedicated to improving education for Hawai‘i’s youth and providing educators with a range of tools to help them implement best practices for native Hawaiian and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. Our team includes faculty, staff, educators, and graduate students from the University of Hawai‘i. Our diverse team members are comprised of experts from a range of specialties such as educational psychology, curriculum development, special education, early childhood education, and native Hawaiian cultural specialists.

Project Activities:

Professional development – We offer courses through the University of Hawai‘i, Department of Educational Psychology to K-12 teachers to promote educators’ use of CREDE Standards for Effective Pedagogy for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Mohala Nā Pua – We are developing place-based science curricula that integrate the CREDE Standards for early childhood in collaboration with several schools across the state of Hawai‘i.

Kamaile Academy - We are collaborating with this public charter school located on the leeward side on the island of O‘ahu. The student population is primary native Hawaiian. We are working with several teachers in grades K-9 to promote educators’ use of the CREDE strategies for effective pedagogy.

PK3 – We have developed a course for the graduate certificate in early childhood at the University of Hawai‘i College of Education. Teachers in preschool and early childhood elementary education learn to use the CREDE Standards and are coached in their classrooms.

Greenland Project – The Ministry of Education of Greenland has adopted the CREDE Standards as the basis of school reform from preschool to high education. Our staff has collaborated with Greenland educators and policy makers to assist them in integrating the CREDE Standards in their schools.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Children’s Center – For over six years, we have worked with educators at the Children’s Center to adapt the CREDE Standards for early childhood education and to develop the Center as a CREDE demonstration site. Together, we created an instrument to measure the CREDE Standards in early childhood classrooms.

Current and Past Partners and Sponsors:

  • Native Hawaiian Education Association
  • Kamaile Academy
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Hawai‘i P20
  • Hawai‘i Department of Education
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Children’s Center
  • University of Hawai‘i, College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
  • Wai‘anae High School