Punahou School celebrates the richness of its traditions as it embraces the responsibility to provide a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. Punahou places students at the center of the curriculum, with the aim of authentic learning in a sequence and pace that is coherent and purposeful to the individual child. A Punahou education seeks to provide multiple pathways towards growth and success for each student through a broad and meaningful program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, discovery and mastery. Working within a coherent curricular framework that promotes personalized, product-oriented, inquiry-based learning embedded in authentic, meaningful assessments, Punahou seeks to cultivate curious, confident, and self-directed students. We value the rich opportunities for teaching and learning that are inherent Hawaiian values and in the gift of “place” at Punahou. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to provide an environment and a range of learning experiences that educate our children for compassionate, moral, and ethical action at school, in our community, and in the world. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development. Incoming teachers will join a dedicated and inspiring faculty whose ongoing reflection and renewal is supported by a schoolwide culture of collaboration and innovation.
At Punahou, SEEL (Social Emotional Ethical Learning) provides critical skills that lead not only to the wellbeing and safety of our students, but also to their development as responsible, caring, and moral actors in our community and beyond. The CASEL Core Competencies (self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness) are foundational to our approach to cultivating empathy, resilience, compassion, responsibility, and the ability to navigate and respect multiple perspectives. We see the core skills as vital to productive human engagement, to the ability to achieve one’s goals, as well as to creating a healthy, balanced and meaningful life.
The Coordinator will be responsible for moving us from the research phase into the implementation phase in the Junior School, serving as the point person for coordinating education and engagement regarding the recommended SEEL framework(s) in grades K-8. They will work closely with the Junior School Principal and other administrators to design an implementation plan, which will include strategies for phasing and budgeting. They will also play an integral role in designing a school-wide understanding and adoption of SEEL framework(s), working collaboratively with faculty and administration across the school. The Coordinator will develop and sustain a network that includes faculty, Student Support specialists, Chaplains and administration to ensure a coherent scope for the teaching of SEEL skills in grades K-8. This includes developing and coordinating a strong curriculum around student health and safety, as well as a relevant Middle School Advisory curriculum.
Position Details: Department: Junior School, Grades K-8 Status: Full Time FLSA Status: Exempt Work Year: 2019-2020 Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Masters degree in school psychology, social work, education, childhood development, psychology, or related field or equivalent
Three (3) years of experience in the field of education
Knowledge of social emotional student support services
Demonstrated understanding of child development
Excellent communication skills
About Punahou School
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.