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Instructor: Steven Shiraki

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EDEF667F, Summer I 2013
EDEA601, Spring 2013
EDEA670, Fall 2012

Steven Shiraki: EDEF667F, Summer I 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Foundations
Course: EDEF 667F - Sem EDEF: Fdns of Curriculum Crn (Section): 4311 (441)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 17 (89%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 15 (79%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (84%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 16 (84%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 15 (79%)
10. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Supportive community of experienced colleagues.
the knowledge that I was enlightened by. I have already begun to apply my new learning in my current situation as we work with curriculum and with leadership.
how it has an direct impact on my profession. I won't be able to forget it!
the realization that curricular leadership is not necessarily about providing a vision and making sure it happens, but can also be about empowering others to be more thoughtful and careful curricular designers and implementers.
...how Steve made such a threateningly challenging cours become approachable and even compelling by making the concepts come alive and fascinating ...remembering how a Master teacher crafts his course for students of all abilities
Steve and his personality. He is real, and so comfortable with who he is. This brings out the best in all of us and makes us comfortable to learn together.
The understanding I gained about curriculum and how complex it is.
The perspective it lent me on how leadership and curriculum are co-dependent.
the kindness of my instructor, the engaging way he tapped our knowledge through the activities we did to unpack the reading, and for the strong foundation in curriculum I received.
Taking so long to read and understand Posner on my own, but then really grasping his key concepts through activities in the class.
curriculum and leadership both are very fluid. I came into this course with a very black and white type of thinking and this course has helped me to be more open to ambiguity.
The people that I connected with. I will remember Steve's calming and welcoming nature and his ability to bring the content to life for our cohort.
The role of Steve as a calm and kind facilitator and professor.
The student interaction and productive collegial atmosphere.
The collaboration that Steve fostered amongst our cohort.
Steve's ability to lead with a light hand. While the course was intense and the pace was unbelievable Steve literally guided us through understanding the readings through very interactive activities daily. Everyday we collaborated on concepts, frameworks and theories. This helped us as students to vet out what this really looks like in our leadership roles at the schools that we are at and what impact does this have on student outcomes and their learning process. Steve was very gracious with deadlines of weekly writings understanding that for many of us its been a while since we have done professional writing pieces. His willingness to be there for us throughout the course has been amazing and incredibly supportive.
Steve and my classmates. Steve is relaxed, which makes it easy to learn.
I will remember the insight that I gained and also remember that not every problem has a simple solution.
Steven! His ability to explain the complexity of curriculum. The cohorts ideas and sharing experiecces,
11. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
The lessons linked directly to exploration of real world issues we face in schools. We had time to bring our own experiences into the class discussion.
The most valuable and helpful part of this course is how it awakened in me the various perspectives with which to analyze, view, understand curricula. Curriculum is so much more than the what and why of what happens in classrooms everyday. I'll use the information going forward in my career with a broader perspective and depth of understanding.
The discussions were deep, focused, purposeful and lead to deeper understanding and acquisition of knowledge.
All the interactive, group activities were great. Not only did they allow us each to process and analyze the material, but also to learn from each other and to learn strategies for group activities that could be used in our own classrooms.
Most valuable and helpful: it made me realize that curriculum, in its many forms, is do-able and must be "done" on a regular basis as, while its grouping of constituents doesn't really change, the needs and concerns do, and these deserve attention.
Learning about all of the different perspectives that go into curriculum decisions. It was truly remarkable and eye opening.
I know so much more about curriculum and what it takes to develop and analyze if a curriculum in a school is really effective. I also learned and will remember that curricular work is always evolving. The methods of engaging us in the learning were awesome.
How Steve helped incubate the genius of the group, allowing each of us to have our own voice and educate each other.
The students did a lot of presentations to unpack the reading and the collaborative work helped me ground the information. I enjoyed learning from my colleagues. I also enjoyed the writing. I don't often have time to reflect and I appreciated the opportunity to reflect on my work through the assisgnments given.
The in depth look at the multiple layers and facets involved in curriculum. Not only did we read the material (which was a killer, at first!) but we deconstructed it through discussion, small group presentations and modeling of teaching. The methodology involved in how Dr. Shiraki ran the class was extremely beneficial in truly understanding the content.
The activities and the case studies were very helpful. The activity we did to act out the perspectives on curriculum was one of the first things we did and it made me understand the content much more accessible. I also learned a great deal from the activity where we discussed all the factors that go into planning a curriculum. Really opened my eyes to all that is in play.
The presentation of the content. I was able to relate to the content so that I could truely understand it.
Everything. I enjoyed the group projects in class. I appreciated Steve asking us to move around.
I was very glad that the focus was on practical application and implementation of the ideas and theories we were learning. It felt useful and realistic.
Working through a lot of theory in small groups, sharing our understanding through discussion, and looking for practical applications as practitioners in our own respective contexts
Studying Posner's theories and applying it realistically in our leadership roles and within our educational institutions was the most valuable. Being able to immediately use what I've learned in the fall of this school year is exciting. Loved the study of leadership ... the case study activity was excellent ... hearing how different leaders would handle a situation, the sharing of ideas in our different leadership roles ... excellent!
Everything!
The interaction that was encouraged among colleagues.
The Posner book. It will be with me for a while. Steven's ability to plan activities that were helpful and helped us get a lot out of the activities.
12. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Not applicable.
The pressure that I put on myself.
Nothing!
ALL of it made me look at what I'm working with in a different light.
Nothing really! The concepts and ideas that came out of it for me got a little old towards the last week, but Steve did a great job of keeping us energized!
Everything was helpful.
While it was a valuable text, reading the entire Posner before the class felt like too much reading for what we ended up covering and what was directly applicable in this context.
Nothing
Not having the descriptions of papers 1 and 2 sooner. While it forced us to take a break from the content, the anxiety of the unknown was a little tough. On the other hand, not having the descriptions too early prevented us from trying to write the papers before fulling understanding the concepts. So maybe it wasn't such a bad thing after all?
I really struggled with the concept of distributed leadership. I think it is something that I'll grow to understand moving forward.
The length of the course. I wish is was longer so that we could explore the content in greater detail.
I found everything valuable. I just wish it was more time.
Sometimes we would start off class by talking generally and vaguely about a topic and we might use an hour in which people were able to share thoughts but it didn't feel as focused and productive as the times when we were dealing with a specific idea or situation. This was not a big problem but there were moments which probably could have been more productive.
n/a
The pace which is unavoidable ... that's the choice we make ... so I'm okay ... master's program in literally about a year versus two years ...
Nothing.
It organized my thoughts.
Nothing. All was relevant.
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 15 (79%)
14. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 16 (84%)
15. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 17 (89%)
16. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 17 (89%)
17. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
18. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Wise, supportive, engaging.
knowledgable understanding kind
experienced, knowledgable, facilitator
thoughtful (in all sense of the word) respectful
real; perceptive; knowledgeable
Real. Thought-provoking. Fun.
Knowledgable Relevant Comfortable
Friendly, knowledgable, caring.
Kind, smart, approachable, fun
Approachable Genuine
Unique. Authentic. Inquisitive.
Calm, welcoming, knowledgable
Kind, thoughtful, and interested
Humble, informed, easy to feel comfortable with,
authentic, accessible
Compassionate Passionate Organized/Prepared
kind, compassionate, brilliant
Humble, Thoughtful, Caring
knowledgeable, funny and approachable
19. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He's terrific.
I enjoyed Steve's class and would take another course offered by him. His guidance as an advisor would be appreciated.
Nice dude. Just didn't feel comfortable talking to him because I had so much going on in my life and didn't want to make excuses for my perceived short comings. I felt that anything I said I wasn't making sense because I had difficulty keeping up with the readings and put a lot of pressure on myself, but I was determined and trying my best. This lead me to feel muted in class. In one paper he wrote that he noticed that I was struggling. To be honest, the comment broke me because I knew I was struggling, but considering everything that I was trying to balance I was doing my best and wanted to keep the "other stuff"/life out. However, the experience made me realize something about myself as a leader, in that I need to understand the people I work with and that relationship is essential to the dynamic and multidimensional field of leadership. I also need to not be so hard on myself.
A great professor, who made it clear that everyone's ideas were valued in a way that helped us all to refine and expand our own thoughts.
This man is a master teacher whose low-profile approach to teaching is comforting; it snaps directly to the subject, which is thoroughly debunked, but is debunked in an encouraging and acknowledging fashion which allows all to participate no matter our point of view or experience.
Fabulous, wish I could take another course with him!!!!
Steve is an incredible teacher that made me and I think all of us feel comfortable which helped the learning. There was flexibility but very high expectations. The classes went by quickly because we were always engaged. I learned SO MUCH!!
He's a great educator. Lucky to have him.
He is excellent. I loved the class and him.
I think Dr. Shiraki did a PHENOMENAL job teaching this course. His expertise of knowledge of the content allowed for him to take any question that we asked (no matter what the question) he was able to respond and bring that comment into the realm of the discussion. I also appreciated that he always encouraged open minded thinking rather than convergent thinking. His friendly and genuine personality made him easily approachable and enjoyable to talk to and learn from both in and out of class. Thank you, so much, for your work throughout this class!
Top notch.
Steve is a great leader and a great teacher. He has a style that makes learning fun and relevant. Steve brings a sense of humor to the classroom, shows concern for his students and makes sure that he is accessible to everyone. I really enjoyed my time in this course with Steve.
I would love to have Steve as a professor again. I'm sorry it was so short.
I was pleased to see that he varied activities and implemented different approaches and assignments. It was clear that he was modeling and had thought about HOW he was teaching.
...endlessly positive. I appreciated how he facilitated our learning and encouraged us to make meaning of Posner's text.
What an exemplary model of an educator. Aware of the diversity of abilities in his class. Structures class so that everyone feels safe and valued to share and learn together.
Steve is an incredible teacher. He knows how to guide his students and make them feel comfortable while at the same time challenge them.
That he is one that I can gain mjuch knowledge from. He has much to give to the world of education.
Wonderful. Loved him!
20. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 17 (89%)
21. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (84%)
22. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 15 (79%)
23. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (84%)
24. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Outstanding.
excellent!
The course was great. It was the life outside that made the class difficult. Considering the timeframe, it made me wonder if there were other ways to getting to the same curricular goals.
A good course that dealt with intrinsically interesting subject matter in effective and engaging ways.
OUTSTANDING! I hope he will be an instructor during the next summer session.
A great experience, however I don't think it would be nearly as interesting and thought-provoking if Steve were not in charge!
It's a good course.
I thought the class was awesome.
This course was a key component in our work as private school leadership. Understanding all aspects of the curriculum, learning how to look at it flexibly and consider multiple perspectives is key in successful leadership.
Really, really useful. This was a great first course to have in my Med program. I know I'll take what I've learned in this class as I move forward through my Med.
The course was great. I wish we had more time to explore the content further. I believe that I was able to absorb a great deal and will be able to apply what I have been exposed to in the future at my school.
I believe this course will impact all of my work.
I was not sure what to expect from this program and Steve and this course got it started in a strong and positive way. It was helpful and worthwhile, engaging and interesting.
...also very positive. All aspects seemed to culminate in good learning and a good feeling.
This was a perfect first class to have in this master's cohort to get your feet wet :0) ... Rigorous but a ton of support!
outstanding
Perfect.
Very worthwhile and useful in my future role
25. Other comments:
Thank you so much for your dedication to us and our learning.
Thanks, Steve, for a great class!
Glad this was the first class of the journey with Steve at the helm.
I would like to take more classes with Steve.
Thank you, again, for such a wonderful experience! I will miss seeing you!
This was a great class with a great instructor. I will miss this class and the people that make it great.
Thanks Steve!
Mahalo nui Steve! You are very much appreciated!
I will miss him! I wish he were teaching next summer.
Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, your humour and encouragement.

Steven Shiraki: EDEA601, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Administration
Course: EDEA 601 - Intro to Educational Admin Crn (Section): 3167 (431)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.18 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (82%) 3 (18%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
6. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
7. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
8. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 17 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
9. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
11. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
12. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
the discussions held with my peers as a result of instructor's thought engaging readings, prompts, and summaries.
the writing assignments given.
The start of my journey in administration education. Thank you, Steve, for making it a meaningful and lasting experience.
The concepts learned that I will be using in my daily work.
The prompts and the classmates that I met. I will also remember how I personally grown through this class.
Reflecting on the basics needed in leadership. The prompts made me realize even more that I need a strong foundation in leadership to be successful.
the foundation of leadership he helped establish so that I can flourish into the leader I aspire to be.
The way this course has guided me in the development of my leadership platform.
All the valuable information I gained from others who are starting on the same journey as I am. I will reflect on the comments made and the ideas that have been shared.
how challenging it was to keep up with the weekly readings and discussion posts while working full-time and taking care of my family. I really enjoyed the content that I learned about educational leadership but I struggled with balancing the class with everything else. It has nothing to do with the Professor, it's just how it is. I know it's all about me and what I need to work on.
The intriguing dialogue through the threaded discussions.
Kiersey Temperment Survey
the level of personal growth and professional awareness I encountered and gained throughout the course.
The members of the class that we "conversed" with. I learned a lot from my colleagues through professional focused conversations that Dr. Shiraki posted. Thought provoking subjects and controversial issues kept the conversations alive. Many times colleagues took the time to answer and add their opinions of which conversations took detours and paradigm shifts to resolve or view from another's perspective. Really helped us to talk and collaborate!
13. The instructor gave useful writing assignments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 17 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
15. The teaching-learning strategies used in the course encouraged active class participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
16. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
18. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Engaging Respectful Facilitative
articulate, knowledgeable
Flexible, articulate, and caring.
Professional, competent, and mentor
Idealistic, moderate, thoughtful
Collabrotive Efficient Knowledgeable
Understanding, experienced
Facilitator of learning!
dedicated, innovative, efficient
encouraging, articulate, and perceptive
Flexible, empathetic, knowledgable.
Effective communicator accomidating
positive, collaborative poignant writer
The single words that best describe Steven Shiraki are reflective, respectful, and encouraging. Steven reflects on the bigger picture and how we as individual students fit into the framework. He respects each individual's viewpoint while encouraging his students to expand their thought process and mindset to foster personal growth.
Intelligent, challenging, model-leader
19. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Steven provides meaningful feedback that allowed me go deeper in my understanding of leadership.Excellent instructor for this course.
He is the right person for teaching our introductory education course. Steve is encouraging and patient, as some students have not been "students" for some time. Much appreciated.
He should continue teaching this course and he will make an impact on other future students in a positive light. I rate him excellent.
His knowledge of the content area and how well he communicated with us thorugh this on-line class. He repected us as professionals and helped me through the class with encouragements and support.
Very professional and was given great feedback.
I would definitely take another course from Professor Shiraki. I valued the facilitation of learning that was fostered throughout the semester. The reading and assignments were highly relevant and eye-opening to what I'll be immersed in soon. Thank you so much for focusing on our individual growth as aspiring leaders. I truly appreciate your comments and questions you provided throughout each discussion thread and for each paper we submitted. I know it is time consuming, but your thoughtfulness in your feedback shows how much you care about our personal and professional growth. It was really encouraging throughout the semester in this challenging learning process. Your open line of communication and quick response time to my questions was a plus. You helped to establish a strong foundation of leadership in all of.
I really enjoyed all aspects of this class. Dr. Shiraki kept the class moving through the content and provided guidance to complete tasks. He is very accessible and responds to questions or comments quickly. I especially enjoyed his discussion summaries and found his comments thought provoking.
Steve is an insightful educational leader. He has guided me thus far in self reflection. He has allowed me to really think about my values and beliefs when in comes to developing my own vision. Thank you Steve for helping me to put things into perspective.
Excellent professor for the course. He has a lot of experience and knowledge to share with students.
Excellent teacher
compassionate individual who cares about the success if his students and is a committed professional
that he has done a wonderful job of individualizing the course so each student walks away with the necessary growth and knowledge to allow for their own personal growth and development through conversation and self-reflection.
He gave all students a chance to share backgrounds, read about good framework to improve schools, and posted intriguing questions for students to think about, share ideas and possible resolutions while helping us see ourselves as future leaders. As a final reflection, he helped us to develop a plan and future pathway to leadership.
20. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
21. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Reading out classmates perspective on the topic at hand.
I liked the flexibility of when we were able to access material and forums. Some days I was able to access early on, sometimes late at night. The demands of our jobs sometimes make it difficult to meet at a specific time.
The ability to communicate with others from anywhere there is computer access and the ability to give everyone a chance to speak their mind.
The prompts and reading what my peers had to say
The ability to do work at your own pace.
I liked that I had the freedom to log into class at my convenience. When you work a full time job and that job requires you to work beyond the contracted hours, it is difficult to meet the demands of class. The flexibility allows us as professionals to find pockets of time to dedicate ourselves to our career, to our education, to our life. It really helped me to keep my sanity throughout the semester. I also appreciated Shiraki's presence and feedback through our discussion threads. His art for crafting questions through the dialogue fostered growth in me as I was encouraged to probe deeper in reflection and learning. I also learned a lot from reading my colleagues discussion threads. Each week was reinforcing or eye opening to my learning as I got to hear from the many different voices in the class. Learning is collaborative!
The opportunity to read about what others think, feel, and experience is a valuable tool help me understand and improve my ability to be a leader.
I really liked the prompt questions. It gave me the opportunity to get to know others who can relate to the same things I am going through. It also allowed me learn, share and get advice from my colleagues.
The fact that I didn't have to physically go to a classroom and sit in class for hours.
The ability to do work when I want to, working around my schedule.
The on line discussions
The opportunity to freely find your own voice and vision with the assistance of others through dialogue and reflection.
Having flex time to do work and post. There was never time for me during the day to post while others had time do to so and attaching work to the site gave us up until the deadline time to post. Love it!
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
I really prefer face to face courses.
N/A
Nothing it was great.
Unable to make strong connections with other students. Face time makes interpretation possible, this is missing from the on line experience.
nothing
Not having the interaction with peers and instructor.
I am person who is all about relationships so it was difficult at first not to have face to face contact with my instructor and classmates. However, through Shiraki's facilitation and presence in the discussion thread, I felt I developed meaningful relationships that led to rich learning.
Laulima.
NONE
The fast-pace of it all.
The threads were sometimes confusins
I wished I'd learned to post my photo. We didn't get to meet everyone at the first face to face meeting.
24. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
none
N/A
None.
Start earlier
No changes necessary.
At first I didn't like the ambiguity of the writing assignments because I am the kind of person that likes to know benchmarks so I'll do my best to meet them. But after the second big writing assignment I actually appreciated that structured vagueness because it allowed freedom to focus in on my learning.
None. I really appreciated the examples. The examples helped me to better understand how to respond to the prompt.
NONE
None
At times the page length was hard to fulfill.
Not sure that i would make any
None.
25. Other comments:
Thank you Steven. I'm enjoying you the discussions.
Thanks for surveying the students. Steve is an effective educator, a good example to his students.
Thank you, Dr. Shiraki
Great Class!!
wish i could meet him in person

Steven Shiraki: EDEA670, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Administration
Course: EDEA 670 - School Supervision Crn (Section): 78659 (025)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.05 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%) 1 (5%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.72 19 0.46 Freq(%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (84%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 19 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 10 (53%)
8. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 10 (53%)
9. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 8 (42%) 8 (42%)
10. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 19 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (21%) 8 (42%) 5 (26%)
11. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 10 (53%) 7 (37%)
12. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 12 (63%) 6 (32%)
13. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 19 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 10 (53%) 5 (26%)
14. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
online discussions and learning logs conducted through classroom observations
Some of the more challenged conversations.
...the readings, discussions and communications provided by my professor and classmates in this course.
proper school supervision drives school improvement
How to help teachers conduct student engagement activities via supervising teachers.
The dialogue and discussions with other aspiring professionals.
Reading my Educational Platform
An opportunity to continue communicating with the people I started this journey with.
the skills I learned to become a more effective school leader/supervisor.
the crafting of my educational leadership platform.
how hard I had to work on keeping up with the course requirements.
the instructorʻs regular communication with everyone in class, his individualized feedback, and his expectations of us to be reflective in our work both in class and career, and the reflective questions he posed for all of us to consider and respond to.
The flexibility of the teacher in regards to the submission dates of assignments.
the understanding of the instructor as well as his ability to support the students' learning.
ideas and concepts from the course that I will be applying to my current job responsibilities.
Revising my educational platform so that I continue to remember why I choose to be in the education field. I'll also remember the posts.
its focus on developing a stronger philosophy of education, especially as an administrator.
the comments and insights I received from classmates.
15. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
Opportunity to hear multiple persectives on school supervision.
I think that as a new vice principal, it is always a good thing to be exposed to a variety of viewpoints and and insights. The text provided research based information which my professor supported with his personal knowledge and beliefs.
A thorough explanation of what it means to be an instructional leader.
How to supervise teachers effectively.
The opportunity to reflect upon and revise my educational platform.
Great discussion from a multitude of different teachers from different districs and grade levels/subject areas.
Thinking about deeper personal reflection.
Personally, I take away from this course the value of providing feedback to a teacher. As a mentor teacher to UH students doing their OP, I try my best to provide them with positive and constructive feedback so they know what they are doing good and what they can work on to do better. I also have more insight of different methods that administrators use in their practice. Some I would like to use myself, others I would probably tweak to my style.
I have a better understanding of the basics of school supervision and the role that I will play in supervising a school. Through the course, I gained insights into how school leadership influences teaching and learning.
I learned how important time management and organization were to my success in completing an on-line course.
- different perspectives of supervision that I had not considered previously - guided reflection opportunities to review my current role, my progress, and what to consider when I take my next steps. - deeper understanding of my role as an instructional leader and supervisor
This is the first time that I am learning about the Educational Platform. I never knew that what I belive in and value in relation to education was called the Educational Platform.
Rich conversations with fellow-students and the professor that tied in with our readings. The discussion topics and assignments could directly be put to practical use.
New ideas about teaching and learning that should be occurred in the classroom. Collaborative school culture where principal and teachers work together to attain school goals and student achievement.
Learning how to respond to classmates contributions so that they do not feel slighted or that we get into a loud disagreement. Learning with a diverse community required that I spend time learning to understand other experiences and the resulting perspectives.
I really appreciated the connections I made with some of the other teachers in the course. Although the focus was administration, I'm still currently a teacher, so it was good to hear about information from a teaching perspective and then reflecting on how these situations would impact me as an administrator.
collaboration with others helped to clarify my own position on many things. In addition, I was able to network with others in my field.
16. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (42%) 11 (58%)
17. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 10 (53%)
18. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (26%) 12 (63%)
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Knowledgeable, flexible, facilitative
Knowledgeable-insightful-understanding
Prompt, Involved, sympathetic
Helpful, enthusiastic, very reachable
Supportive, Flexible, and Intelligent
Helpful, genuine, responsive
Knowledgeable Understanding Driver
Patient, understanding, accommodating
flexible, thoughtful
thoughtful, reflective, knowledgeable
understanding, flexible, reflective
Flexible Understanding Passionate
Supportive, caring and thought-provoking.
An expert, true education leader, very knowledgeable
Organized and Thoughtful
Honest and reflective
insightful, informed
20. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
that he is an effective Instructor in the online format.He desires his students to be successful and is compassionate about the realities of our busy lives. He understands the re4alities and needs of adult learners.
....if I would grade/evaluate Steven using DOE standards, he would receive a rating of EXCEEDS.
Prof. Shirak did the best job he could do with an online distance learning course. He responded to every individual post, which requires an immense understanding of the different needs each student requires as some are teachers, counselors, and practicing principals.
great. He teaches with encouragement and motivation to help students to meet the objective of the course.
Dr. Shiraki is an excellent instructor. He is one whose passion for helping other aspiring professionals should be commended.
Very knowledgeable and passionate. I learned a lot, even without a lot of personal interaction.
A very good man. The type of person that you become a better person for having known them.
an excellent instructor. Dr. Shiraki has a wealth of knowledge and challenges his students to have deeper thought and go beyond the surface of the topic. At the same time, is willing to adjust the course to meet the needs of his students as any true educator would do. He treated all of us fairly no matter what our background is. He has a genuine interest in his students and truly wants to see each and everyone of them succeed.
positive. He understands that the individuals in his class are working professionals. He does his best to encourage us and accommodate our needs and schedules. He provided thoughtful probing questions, actively engaged in our conversations, and provided individual comments.
he was an excellent, hard working, efficient, and effective instructor. He was cognizant of our needs and challenged us to think about the topics we were reading and discussing.
I believe Steven is one of the most communicative instructors I have ever had online. I am only disappointed in myself and my performance as a student as I donʻt believe I met his expectations to the fullest and am not satisfied with my performance online. Yet he has been so kind to extend opportunities to me and others so that we could catch up and actively participate in class.
He was a very flexible teacher.
Excellent instructor
An excellent professor, he deserves to be recognized for his outstanding performance.
Dr. Shiraki continues to share his passion for education with students still refining and unpacking what it means to be an Administrator. He has a wealth of experience and shares his "lectures" with us at the end of our discussions, synthesizing the learning and extending our understanding. He is also flexible to make changes as needed when we have "one of those days" or "one of those weeks...months" as we try to work effectively and attend to school.
I really appreciated his honesty when dealing with topics rather than just giving us a sugar-coated or diplomatic answer. I also was happy to get lots of feedback and other things to consider throughout the term.
very flexible in understanding the predicament of new administrators and all the demands/responsibilities that we are tasked with. he was willing to accommodate our needs while still maintaining the integrity of the course.
21. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 8 (42%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
flexibility
The conversations about current practice and challenges
I liked the dialog/discussions between my professor and myself/professor and my classmates and classmate to classmate.
No commute and raw opinions from real administrators.
Students were very engaged because of Steve's instant followup.
The flexibility of an on-line course with my work schedule.
The ease of submitting responses and papers.
Hard to say.
The thing I liked most about this course experience was the non-threatening feeling when conversing with the other students. We come from various experiences and situations and I feel we all had equal value.
Everyone has a chance to participate in the discussions. I could complete my work at my convenience.
Being able to go back and re-read comments made by others.
I can tend to my assignments at times convenient to my work schedule and homelife.
I did not have to travel into class.
convenience.
I had the opportunity to do my work and at the same time do weekly postings and assignments.
The postings of my classmates - They gave me opportunities to appreciate the thinking of others.
I love the flexibility of the online courses. I also appreciated that Dr. Shiraki took the time to respond to the postings. Even if other students didn't respond to my work, I knew he would comment in some way.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
I never seem to have enough time! That is a personal problem, not related to Steve's instruction.He was more than accomodating.
Not being able to meet/see my professor-classmates in person.
No F2F time.
Internet connection
The lack of regular face-to-face made it a bit challenging.
The lack of personal interaction.
There was a lot to do..............especially with many of us in brand new positions.............at times it was very challenging to balance everything.
There wasn't really anything that I would say was bad about the course. Initially I struggled with the discussion deadlines, but Dr. Shiraki made adjustments to the course to meet our needs to make this a more pleasant experience for us.
The class was too large. Dr. Shiraki divided us into two groups for discussion purposes, which was helpful. But, it made me feel disconnected from the other group.
I did not like the number of times I had to log on.
My work (job) demanded so much time that it took away the time needed to effectively participate in this online course.
I would of preferred to do this specific class in person versus on-line due to the content.
only one face-to-face class. Would have liked a few more.
Less opportunity to see my classmates and instructors in person.
Writing the platform - only because I didn't feel I had the time to fully sit and reflect about whether I've grown as a Supervisor/Administrator. I kept having to re-write because what I originally wrote did not really express what I believe in. Just made me work hard...LOL!
The timing of the postings was a bit awkward at first, but then it shifted to a much more manageable schedule. However, some of my classmates were not punctual with their postings (at all!) so it made it difficult to engage in conversation when they didn't post until weeks later.
technical issues in posting assignment.
24. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It is a valuable course. it facilitated considerable reflection for me. Developing a platform was an important exercise.
"EXCEEDS"
Quality course, text was a little bit dull, possibly split the text between Sergiovanni and Starrat, and then another books that details REAL stories of principals struggling to fix schools. Something more tangible.
I really love this class
This course and instructor was excellent.
B+
Good experience.
Excellent! I enjoyed the dialog I had with my peers and I feel that Dr. Shiraki kept the course closely related to the events that are currently happening in the DOE with the implementation of the new teacher evaluation tool.
positive.
it was a very insightful, practical course that will help me in my career as an administrator.
The course included the necessary rigor needed to push and stretch our thinking and current beliefs and understandings. The instructor was flexible and always looked to find ways to make this class meaningful, productive, and doable for us.
I enjoyed this course and learned alot about my own personal thoughts in comparison to others in my class and the textbook.
8.5/10
Excellent
This course helped me understand the various methods of supervising, the importance and challenges of this position. There were a lot of assignments since there were reflective, the learning was personal and relevant.
it's an interesting view of the many challenges of being an administrator, but it's also helpful if you are actively teaching.
great. i learned a lot from steve, and from my classmates
25. Other comments:
Thank you Steven for your time, knowledge and encouragement throughout the course. I am fortunate to have been able to have participated in the course and more so, feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be a VP and work in the DOE.
I will apply knowledge which I learned into practice at my school. I am thinking about topics which relate this class for research studies.
N/A
Thanks for a great semester!
None
I believe it would be very beneficial to school leaders and administrators if this course was offered more frequently. Especially at a time when so much emphasis is being placed on teacher evaluation.
Although I appreciated the flexibility of the deadlines, it made it easy for me to push my course work further down my priority list. As a working mom who is in school, I have many responsibilities. Even though I did complete all of my assignments, I would have turned them in on the suggested date if the deadline was firm.
I appreciated how Dr. Shiraki took so much time to summarize and comment on each assignment we had. He spent a lot of time commenting to students, he was very sensitive to the needs of his students, and was very knowledgeable about the course content.
My only comment would be to keep the due dates consistent. I would have preferred having an assignment due every week and at the same time and date such as due every monday by 4:30pm. This is only my suggestion based on what would work best for me as a student. I still feel that students would have a chance to interact with other as long as they submitted their assignments before the due date.
I wish to see more online EDEA courses in being offered in the future. This is a great opportunity to take courses while at the same time do my office work.
I want to explain my answer to #13. I agree with the author's perspectives shared in the textbook. So, while my learning was increased, it didn't change my opinions. My opinions were aligned with the material and the stronger recommendations. I do not recall reading contrary positions which is why my opinion did change. The rating is not a negative one and I hope my overall positive experience is appreciated. You may consider Q #13 as an outlier.