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The University of Hawaii at Manoa GK-12 Program
2000 - 2009

Welcome to the website for the University of Hawaii at Manoa GK-12 Program. The UH GK-12 Program ended in 2009. This website highlights some of the accomplishments and partnerships from the UH program.

In 2000, the Center for Conservation Research & Training (CCRT) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Training Grant to provide Graduate Research Fellowships to students admitted into the UH Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) Graduate Specialization Program. Between 2000 and 2009 35 graduate students served as Fellows as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program.

The grant also provided fellowship opportunities for undergraduates who were mentored by graduate fellows.
For more information, please click here.

The UH GK-12 fellowship program established learning partnerships between graduate students and K-12 educators in formal and informal education settings. Fellows acted as partners and mentors and incorporated their own research into school curricula. Fellows also learned valuable communication skills from educators. In addition, the program provided teaching resources to teachers.  Together, fellows and educators met Hawaii State Science Standards through hands-on and inquiry-based activities.

Fellows also received training from the University of Hawaii Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG). Training included familiarization with National and State Content and Performance Standards, methods of inquiry-based teaching, developing safe and informative field activities, teaching to different learning styles, and bringing technology into the classroom. For an example of our training program and other program expectations, click here.  Fellows were able to observe and work with University of Hawaii Laboratory School classrooms, where they gained first-hand experience with cutting edge standards- and inquiry-based education. Fellows were also supported by an education mentor from the CRDG faculty, a science mentor from the EECB faculty, and an Evaluator from the School of Social Sciences.

In addition to school-based activities and lesson development, Fellows also organized and taught professional development workshops, participated in community and trade events, organized forums for the public, conducted research as part of GK-12 projects, and presented results from GK-12 collaborations at academic and scientific meetings.

Inquiries regarding the UH GK-12 Program can be directed to Dr. Ken Kaneshiro, Project PI and Director of CCRT (email: or Dr. Kanesa Duncan, Program Coordinator (2008-2009) (email:

Contact Information: Dr. Kanesa Duncan, Program Coordinator;