Kailua Elementary School Library is part of the Vision Tour planned by Nancy Everhart, president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The librarian is Darren Tanaka, a graduate of our LIS Program. The Hawaii Association of School Librarians (HASL) selected his library as “outstanding”. Everhart will be visiting the library on September 23, 2010, as part of her showcase of exemplary school libraries across the nation. She will be participating in a special parent-community event at the school to advocate for the importance of school libraries in helping students become successful and independent learners in the 21st century.
Tanaka’s program was singled out for its innovative approaches to learning. As a proactive campus leader, Tanaka partners with classroom teachers and resource specialists to design and implement learning that connects with real-life applications. Most recently, he collaborated with a school team on creating aquaponics gardens that blended Hawaiian studies and scientific inquiry with critical thinking and writing skills. He also participates in the school’s Enrichment Program where students have been engaged in Lego robotics programming and design. Tanaka works with students and teachers from Preschool to Grade 6 in promoting information literacy and reading literacy.
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