Punahou parents and educators convened at the 2017 Punahou PFA Education Fair sponsored by the Punahou Parent Faculty Association (PFA) and Professional Programs on Oct. 7.
Punahou parents and educators convened at the 2017 Punahou PFA Education Fair sponsored by the Punahou Parent Faculty Association (PFA) and Professional Programs on Oct. 7. The event featured a keynote by Dr. Denise Pope, co-founder of Challenge Success, a Stanford-based program that partners with schools and families. Breakout sessions focused on strategies for creating a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for children.
Pope’s keynote reflected her continuing partnership with Punahou, which started with an in-depth survey of middle- and high-school students in the spring of 2016. The survey revealed that Punahou students are not immune to issues such as not getting enough sleep. Other findings were reassuring – including the fact that many Punahou students feel supported by caring adults at school.
Following her remarks, Pope moderated a panel discussion with faculty, administrators and students. The discussion was centered around steps Punahou has taken to provide a more balanced and academically fulfilling experience for students, including increasing experiential learning and decreasing stress.
Discussions facilitated by Punahou faculty and administrators focused on a collective sharing of approaches parents can take to support their children in becoming happy, healthy and meaningful contributors to society. This was also a time for parents to reflect upon the information shared during the morning session.
“Self-directed, confident, empathic, curious, good-hearted – these are characteristics we hope to foster in students,” said President Jim Scott ’70, encapsulating the spirit of the education fair. “We are attentive as a community to the social, emotional and ethical lives of students. If we can model well-being as parents, we can help our children achieve it also.”