SEMINAR: Ka Pilina Interactive Workshop on Ethnomathematics


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Start Time: 

10:30 AM

End Time: 

12:00 PM
Photo: Ka Pilina Team

Are you afraid of mathematics or do you love mathematics? Come and explore ethnomathematics and blended learning lessons! In this interactive session, the audience will learn math the fun way and learn how the Ka Pilina project is making a difference to 7-12th grade students' math outcomes. You will leave the session with a few ethnomathematics and blended learning lessons in mathematics.

Ka Pilina will demonstrate ethnomathematic lessons and blended learning strategies that they use to engage students in some of Hawaii's middle and high schools on the island of Oahu.  The sessions will start with a community building activity and the staff will talk about the potential benefits of introducing these into your classroom. From there, the staff will demonstrate a few lessons that have been run at Mathematics Camps, which incorporate culture, technology, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts into the lessons. Each lesson will include a hands on part, something which is brought into every one of Ka Pilina’s lessons. At the end of the session, there will be time for some questions and answers, as well as some sharing of the research that has been gathered thus far.

Learning Outcomes

Audience will:

  • learn about the Ka Pilina project and its goals;
  • participate and understand the importance of community building in any classroom;
  • learn about basic concepts of ethnomathematics and experience what it is;
  • learn and use blended learning method.

About the Seminar Leaders

Kiriko Takahashi, ABD, received her B.S. and M.A. degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. She is currently an Assistant Specialist at Center on Disabilities Studies at University of Hawai`i Mānoa. Her research interests include postsecondary education outcomes of students with disabilities, culturally responsive education, and cognition and mathematics.

Hye Jin Park, Ed.D., received two masters’ and a doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Mano. Her research interests include gifted education, special education, curriculum/program evaluation, and research methodology.

Jerica Mānoa is a Junior Specialist at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii. She has an M.A. in Second Language Studies (specializing in Language Teaching and Language Assessment, Measurement, and Program Evaluation) from the University of Hawai'i Mānoa.

Jerrik Feliciano is a Math Specialist with Ka Pilina project, a project out of the Center on Disability Studies. He received his B.S. degree in mathematics and is currently working toward a masters in education.

Samantha Siscon has a background in English and has been working with the Center On Disability Studies for 4 years. She is currently a field specialist on several programs that focus on aiming to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in STEM fields.

Justin Toyofuku is a junior specialist at the Center on Disability Studies. He has his masters degree in Mathematics from University of Hawaii. He also lectures math courses at Kapiolani Community College.