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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 ...
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 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.
Steven! His ability to explain the complexity of curriculum. The cohorts ideas and sharing experiecces,
The collaboration that Steve fostered amongst our cohort.
Taking so long to read and understand Posner on my own, but then really grasping his key concepts through activities in the class.
The understanding I gained about curriculum and how complex it is.
how it has an direct impact on my profession. I won't be able to forget it!
I will remember the insight that I gained and also remember that not every problem has a simple solution.
Supportive community of experienced colleagues.
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.
Steve and my classmates. Steve is relaxed, which makes it easy to learn.
The student interaction and productive collegial atmosphere.
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.
The perspective it lent me on how leadership and curriculum are co-dependent.
The role of Steve as a calm and kind facilitator and professor.
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.
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.
...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
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.
11. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
The presentation of the content. I was able to relate to the content so that I could truely understand it.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
The discussions were deep, focused, purposeful and lead to deeper understanding and acquisition of knowledge.
The interaction that was encouraged among colleagues.
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.
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.
Everything!
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.
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!
How Steve helped incubate the genius of the group, allowing each of us to have our own voice and educate each other.
Everything. I enjoyed the group projects in class. I appreciated Steve asking us to move around.
Learning about all of the different perspectives that go into curriculum decisions. It was truly remarkable and eye opening.
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.
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.
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.
12. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
The length of the course. I wish is was longer so that we could explore the content in greater detail.
Nothing
Nothing. All was relevant.
n/a
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?
Everything was helpful.
The pressure that I put on myself.
It organized my thoughts.
Nothing!
Nothing.
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.
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 ...
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.
I found everything valuable. I just wish it was more time.
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!
I really struggled with the concept of distributed leadership. I think it is something that I'll grow to understand moving forward.
ALL of it made me look at what I'm working with in a different light.
Not applicable.
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?
Calm, welcoming, knowledgable
Kind, smart, approachable, fun
knowledgeable, funny and approachable
authentic, accessible
Approachable Genuine
Knowledgable Relevant Comfortable
experienced, knowledgable, facilitator
Humble, Thoughtful, Caring
Wise, supportive, engaging.
thoughtful (in all sense of the word) respectful
kind, compassionate, brilliant
Humble, informed, easy to feel comfortable with,
Compassionate Passionate Organized/Prepared
Friendly, knowledgable, caring.
Kind, thoughtful, and interested
Real. Thought-provoking. Fun.
Unique. Authentic. Inquisitive.
real; perceptive; knowledgeable
knowledgable understanding kind
19. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
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.
He is excellent. I loved the class and him.
Wonderful. Loved him!
...endlessly positive. I appreciated how he facilitated our learning and encouraged us to make meaning of Posner's text.
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!
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!!
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.
That he is one that I can gain mjuch knowledge from. He has much to give to the world of education.
He's terrific.
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.
Steve is an incredible teacher. He knows how to guide his students and make them feel comfortable while at the same time challenge them.
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.
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.
He's a great educator. Lucky to have him.
I would love to have Steve as a professor again. I'm sorry it was so short.
Fabulous, wish I could take another course with him!!!!
Top notch.
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.
I enjoyed Steve's class and would take another course offered by him. His guidance as an advisor would be appreciated.
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...
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 thought the class was awesome.
Very worthwhile and useful in my future role
...also very positive. All aspects seemed to culminate in good learning and a good feeling.
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.
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.
Perfect.
Outstanding.
A good course that dealt with intrinsically interesting subject matter in effective and engaging ways.
outstanding
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.
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!
It's a good course.
I believe this course will impact all of my work.
A great experience, however I don't think it would be nearly as interesting and thought-provoking if Steve were not in charge!
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.
OUTSTANDING! I hope he will be an instructor during the next summer session.
excellent!
25. Other comments:
This was a great class with a great instructor. I will miss this class and the people that make it great.
I would like to take more classes with Steve.
Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, your humour and encouragement.
Thank you, again, for such a wonderful experience! I will miss seeing you!
Glad this was the first class of the journey with Steve at the helm.
Thank you so much for your dedication to us and our learning.
Thanks, Steve, for a great class!
I will miss him! I wish he were teaching next summer.
Mahalo nui Steve! You are very much appreciated!
Thanks Steve!

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 ...
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.
the foundation of leadership he helped establish so that I can flourish into the leader I aspire to be.
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!
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 prompts and the classmates that I met. I will also remember how I personally grown through this class.
the level of personal growth and professional awareness I encountered and gained throughout the course.
the discussions held with my peers as a result of instructor's thought engaging readings, prompts, and summaries.
The start of my journey in administration education. Thank you, Steve, for making it a meaningful and lasting experience.
Kiersey Temperment Survey
The intriguing dialogue through the threaded discussions.
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 way this course has guided me in the development of my leadership platform.
The concepts learned that I will be using in my daily work.
the writing assignments given.
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?
encouraging, articulate, and perceptive
Facilitator of learning!
Intelligent, challenging, model-leader
Flexible, empathetic, knowledgable.
Collabrotive Efficient Knowledgeable
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.
Engaging Respectful Facilitative
Flexible, articulate, and caring.
positive, collaborative poignant writer
Effective communicator accomidating
Understanding, experienced
Idealistic, moderate, thoughtful
dedicated, innovative, efficient
Professional, competent, and mentor
articulate, knowledgeable
19. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
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.
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.
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.
Excellent professor for the course. He has a lot of experience and knowledge to share with students.
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.
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 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.
compassionate individual who cares about the success if his students and is a committed professional
Excellent teacher
Very professional and was given great feedback.
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.
He should continue teaching this course and he will make an impact on other future students in a positive light. I rate him excellent.
Steven provides meaningful feedback that allowed me go deeper in my understanding of leadership.Excellent instructor for this course.
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?
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.
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!
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!
The fact that I didn't have to physically go to a classroom and sit in class for hours.
The prompts and reading what my peers had to say
The opportunity to freely find your own voice and vision with the assistance of others through dialogue and reflection.
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 on line discussions
The ability to do work when I want to, working around my schedule.
The ability to do work at your own pace.
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.
The ability to communicate with others from anywhere there is computer access and the ability to give everyone a chance to speak their mind.
Reading out classmates perspective on the topic at hand.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
NONE
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.
I wished I'd learned to post my photo. We didn't get to meet everyone at the first face to face meeting.
The fast-pace of it all.
nothing
N/A
The threads were sometimes confusins
Not having the interaction with peers and instructor.
Unable to make strong connections with other students. Face time makes interpretation possible, this is missing from the on line experience.
Laulima.
Nothing it was great.
I really prefer face to face courses.
24. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
NONE
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.
None
Start earlier
N/A
Not sure that i would make any
At times the page length was hard to fulfill.
No changes necessary.
None. I really appreciated the examples. The examples helped me to better understand how to respond to the prompt.
None.
none
25. Other comments:
Great Class!!
Thanks for surveying the students. Steve is an effective educator, a good example to his students.
wish i could meet him in person
Thank you, Dr. Shiraki
Thank you Steven. I'm enjoying you the discussions.

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 ...
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.
ideas and concepts from the course that I will be applying to my current job responsibilities.
its focus on developing a stronger philosophy of education, especially as an administrator.
The dialogue and discussions with other aspiring professionals.
the crafting of my educational leadership platform.
An opportunity to continue communicating with the people I started this journey with.
the comments and insights I received from classmates.
online discussions and learning logs conducted through classroom observations
Some of the more challenged conversations.
Reading my Educational Platform
the understanding of the instructor as well as his ability to support the students' learning.
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.
How to help teachers conduct student engagement activities via supervising teachers.
the skills I learned to become a more effective school leader/supervisor.
...the readings, discussions and communications provided by my professor and classmates in this course.
proper school supervision drives school improvement
15. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
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.
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.
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.
The opportunity to reflect upon and revise my educational platform.
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.
Thinking about deeper personal reflection.
collaboration with others helped to clarify my own position on many things. In addition, I was able to network with others in my field.
Opportunity to hear multiple persectives on school supervision.
Great discussion from a multitude of different teachers from different districs and grade levels/subject areas.
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.
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.
How to supervise teachers effectively.
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 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.
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?
thoughtful, reflective, knowledgeable
understanding, flexible, reflective
Flexible Understanding Passionate
An expert, true education leader, very knowledgeable
Honest and reflective
Supportive, Flexible, and Intelligent
flexible, thoughtful
Knowledgeable Understanding Driver
insightful, informed
Knowledgeable, flexible, facilitative
Helpful, genuine, responsive
Supportive, caring and thought-provoking.
Organized and Thoughtful
Helpful, enthusiastic, very reachable
Patient, understanding, accommodating
Knowledgeable-insightful-understanding
Prompt, Involved, sympathetic
20. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
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.
An excellent professor, he deserves to be recognized for his outstanding performance.
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.
Dr. Shiraki is an excellent instructor. He is one whose passion for helping other aspiring professionals should be commended.
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.
A very good man. The type of person that you become a better person for having known them.
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.
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.
Very knowledgeable and passionate. I learned a lot, even without a lot of personal interaction.
Excellent instructor
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.
great. He teaches with encouragement and motivation to help students to meet the objective of the course.
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.
....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.
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?
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.
I had the opportunity to do my work and at the same time do weekly postings and assignments.
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.
The flexibility of an on-line course with my work schedule.
Everyone has a chance to participate in the discussions. I could complete my work at my convenience.
Hard to say.
flexibility
The conversations about current practice and challenges
The ease of submitting responses and papers.
convenience.
The postings of my classmates - They gave me opportunities to appreciate the thinking of others.
Students were very engaged because of Steve's instant followup.
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.
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.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
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.
Less opportunity to see my classmates and instructors in person.
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.
The lack of regular face-to-face made it a bit challenging.
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.
There was a lot to do..............especially with many of us in brand new positions.............at times it was very challenging to balance everything.
technical issues in posting assignment.
I never seem to have enough time! That is a personal problem, not related to Steve's instruction.He was more than accomodating.
The lack of personal interaction.
only one face-to-face class. Would have liked a few more.
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!
Internet connection
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.
Not being able to meet/see my professor-classmates in person.
No F2F time.
24. My overall evaluation of this course is...
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.
Excellent
it's an interesting view of the many challenges of being an administrator, but it's also helpful if you are actively teaching.
This course and instructor was excellent.
positive.
Good experience.
great. i learned a lot from steve, and from my classmates
It is a valuable course. it facilitated considerable reflection for me. Developing a platform was an important exercise.
B+
8.5/10
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.
I really love this class
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.
"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.
25. Other comments:
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.
N/A
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.
None
Thanks for a great semester!
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.
I will apply knowledge which I learned into practice at my school. I am thinking about topics which relate this class for research studies.
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.
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.