Suggested Literature

Culturally Relevant Teaching and Learning




  • Our Own Liberation: Reflections on Hawaiian Epistemology

    • What a fascinating thing life is! I have survived the many, many stories of how I think, what I know, and who I am—all told by those who are well meaning, well dressed, and well ignorant of the deeper sides of my cultural epistemology.





Place-Based and Project-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards through Local Investigations

    • Place-based Curriculum Design provides pre-service and practicing teachers both the rationale and tools to create and integrate meaningful, place-based learning experiences for students. Practical, classroom-based curricular examples illustrate how teachers can engage the local and still be accountable to the existing demands of federal, state, and district mandates.


  • The Best of Both Worlds: A Critical Pedagogy of Place

    • Taking the position that "critical pedagogy" and "place-based education" are mutually supportive educational traditions, this author argues for a conscious synthesis that blends the two discourses into a critical pedagogy of place.







Developing Children's Assets


  • Positive Youth Development So Far

    • Positive Youth Development first emerged as an approach among practitioners working with youth, when they saw the benefits of using strength-based models with children and adolescents.


  • Boosting Student Achievement

    • Comprehensive, asset-based approaches to education and youth development have tremendous potential to contribute to the academic success of students from all backgrounds.


  • Asset Checklist

    • This checklist simplifies the asset list to help prompt conversation in families, organizations, and communities.




Brain-Based Research and the Arts
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.


  • Learning, Arts, and the Brain

    • In 2004, the Dana Arts and Cognition Consortium brought together cognitive neuroscientists from seven universities across the United States to grapple with the question of why arts training has been associated with higher academic performance.



University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED)

2600 Campus Rd., QLSSC 413

Honolulu, HI 96822

Place-based Learning And Community Engagement in School (PLACES)