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LIHU‘E — Bill Arakaki is among the educators reimagining traditional educational models in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has developed the Kaua‘i Education Technology Pilot Project, alongside incoming Complex Area Superintendent Paul Zina, with input from Garden Isle principals and teachers.
Several legislators and organizations also provided guidance and collaboration including Senate President Ronald Kouchi, Rep. Nadine Nakamura, Rep. Dee Morikawa, Rep. Jimmy Tokioka, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, and other long-standing supporters of education on Kaua‘i.
“With little or no guidance on transitioning to 100% distance learning, Bill, Paul, school principals, and teachers did the hard work necessary to first understand the needs of students and teachers and then developed a framework to execute the program,” said Senate President Kouchi. “With their innovative leadership and decisive actions, Kaua‘i students should be able to achieve a meaningful and enriching learning experience.”
The community-based initiative will be implemented in three phases:
• Phase One will begin in August 2020 and will provide internet access, Wi-Fi hotspots, and ensure that all Kaua‘i Complex Area students have a working device.
• Phase Two will overlap with Phase One, provide devices for teachers, and support teacher training which will …
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