Tori Ann Ogawa Wins HASL Scholarship

Tori copyTori Ann Ogawa received a $500 scholarship from the Hawaii Association of School Librarians this semester. She was recognized at the HASL Conference held at Kamehameha Schools in March. Tori serves as secretary for both the ALA Student Chapter and Hui Dui.

Along with being an active LIS student, Tori is a part time teacher for the English Language Learner program at Aliamanu Elementary School where she helps students in grades K, 2, 4, and 5 practice reading and learn strategies and phonics to improve their word recognition and comprehension skills. In her lesson plans, she integrates reading across multiple disciplines. Tori enjoys baking and line dancing in her spare time.  Congratulations, Tori!

Project PEARL Produces Trainer’s Guide to Help Students with Research

Pathways for Excellence and Achievement in Research and Learning (PEARL), a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and directed by the Library and Information Science Program at UHM, has produced an online trainer’s guide. The three-year project provided professional development for teams of teachers and librarians from twenty Hawaii DOE and private schools working on researching skills in project-based learning with their students. The teams designed and implemented collaborative instructional approaches in reading, writing, and critical thinking to assist students in developing projects across diverse disciplines.

The trainer’s guide is downloadable from the PEARL Web site at The site also showcases examples of student projects as well as teaching resources for instructors. For more information on Project PEARL, contact its director Violet Harada, at

Karen Lee, Executive Director of the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, noted that the project is “a perfect example of work done in the cross-sector space that builds critical skills in our high school students to be ready for life after college.”

Acknowledgments to the PEARL development team: Carolyn Kirio, Kapolei Middle; Sandy Yamamoto, Kapolei High; Michael-Brian Ogawa, UHM Dept. of  Information & Computer Sciences; Jodie Mattos, UHM Libraries; Megan Terawaki, UHM graduate assistant; and Kendyll Doi and Ed Meyers, UHM technical assistants.