Co-ordinating School Peace Gardens with PDK Hawaii - A Timeline
Initial contacts between IHTEC and PDK began in 2002.
In September 2005, IHTEC began discussions with the University of Hawaii Chapter 0067 of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) regarding the possible introduction of the School Peace Gardens concept at schools in Hawaii.
In January 2006, IHTEC introduced the Peace Garden concept to a PDK convention in Bloomington Indiana via IHTEC's internet conference room. IHTEC founder and president Julia Morton-Marr was able to showcase the IHTEC website and the capabilities of the virtual Talking Communities conference room.
By September 2006, regular on-line meetings were being conducted between the IHTEC office in Mississauga Ontario and PDK representatives in Honolulu and Hilo Hawaii. These meetings included both teachers and students in the PDK Curriculum Research and Development Group.
IHTEC prepared a report that eventually became an article in the PDK Hawaii Chapter 0067 newsletter.
PDK Hawaii provided a Peace Garden presentation to the 31st Annual Pacfic Circle Consortium Conference in Honolulu on June 28, 2007.
By September 2007 the Connections Charter School in Hilo Hawaii had registered their participation in the School Peace Gardens Program with IHTEC. Peace Garden discussions were also under way with the University Laboratory School (aka The Education Laboratory) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
In January 2008 IHTEC prepared a second article for the PDK Hawaii Chapter 0067 newsletter. PDK Hawaii introduced Julia Morton-Marr to PDK representatives in Toronto, and to Kathy Andreson at PDK Pacific in New Mexico.
In the summer/fall of 2008 Julia Morton-Marr was invited to join PDK in Hawaii later in the year for a series of meetings and to visit a number of schools on Oahu and the Big Island.
In October 2008 John Southworth arranged for Julia Morton-Marr to join an on-line meeting with Directors of Education from Viet Nam.
Between November 30 and December 7 of 2008, Julia Morton-Marr made a series of visits to schools in Hawaii, including some Peace Garden dedications. PDK created a working committee called the "Hawaii School Peace Gardens (HSPG)". Regular on-line meetings were to follow with the University of Hawaii, PDK Hawaii, Hawaii Charter Schools and public schools, and the Hawaiian Global Youth Center.
In February 2009 PDK provided a report to the Hawaii Charter School Administrators Conference covering the recent visit of Julia Morton-Marr to Hawaii. IHTEC provided a slide show and podcast for this event.
In March 2009 IHTEC developed a Water Dedication based on the Canadian Pugwash/Science for Peace Expert Roundtable. A copy was published in the Hawaii PDK newsletter.
In April of 2009 the PDK Hawaii School Peace Gardens committee was established in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Also in April of 2009 PDK Hawaii members John Southworth and Julia Morton-Marr attended a 3-day on-line conference 'Technology, Colleges and Community Conference TCC 2009'.
In July 2009 the first formal meeting of the PDK Hawaii School Peace Gardens was conducted as an on-line conference.
On November 6, 2009 an on-line meeting was held with Miki Tomita to discuss future Peace Garden plans for her students at the University Laboratory School.
In May 2010 Julia Morton-Marr prepared two documents based on IHTEC experiences for Maya Soetoro-Ng at the East-West Center in Honolulu related to climate change.
In July 2010 a follow-up session was held with May Soetoro-Ng and Aaron Levin regarding the May documents.
Julia Morton-Marr made a second visit to Hawaii between October 16 and 19, 2010. This visit included a presentation to the First Master Gardeners Conference, a meeting with Maunalei Love of the Charter Schools Administrative Office, in-person meetings with PDK Hawaii members, visits to students at Hokulana Elementary School and the University Laboratory School, and a workshop for 24 teachers at the University Laboratory School and on-line at schools in Hilo.
During a PDK meeting on October 17, 2010 it was agreed that IHTEC programs would become a permanent part of PDK.
On October 24th Julia Morton-Marr (in Mississauga) and Aaron Levine (in Honolulu) made an on-line presentation to the First Annual Green Schools National Conference in Minneapolis. PDK representatives John Thatcher and Susie Osborne participated in the presentation at the conference.
On November 26, 2010 an on-line meeting was conducted between Julia Morton-Marr in Mississauga and some of Miki Tomita's students at the University Laboratory School in Honolulu.
On December 7, 2010 the slide presentation prepared for the Minneapolis conference was presented to the Hawaii Charter Schools Administators Conference via an on-line link.
On December 13, 2010 Julia Morton-Marr joined three of Miki Tomita's classes on-line for an update on the progress of their Peace Garden project.
In January 2011 Julia Morton-Marr prepared another submission for the PDK Hawaii newsletter.
On February 17, 2011 Julia Morton-Marr and Susan Seidman (PDK Toronto) connected on-line to the PDK International Conference along with Truc Nuguen from PDK Hawaii.
In March 2011 IHTEC established a new blog on Wordpress for the HSPG.
On April 14, 2011 IHTEC held an on-line workshop for 17 people from the Hawaii School Gardens association.
On November 16, 2011 IHTEC (in Mississauga) and HSPG (various locations in Hawaii) conducted an on-line workshop.
On March 15, 2012 another on-line workshop took place between the IHTEC office in Mississauga Ontario and HSPG at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
On September 14, 2012 Julia Morton-Marr was able to make a return visit to the University Laboratory School in Honolulu to meet with students and observe changes since her last visit in 2010. The University Laboratory School has posted a complete review of this visit here.
On October 15, 2012 Julia Morton-Marr participated in the dedication of the King William Lunalilo Elementary School Peace Garden in Honolulu. Later in the day, Julia was able to visit the Serenity Garden at the Alvah A. Scott Elementary School in Aiea Hawaii and participated in a dedication ceremony to recognize the Serenity Garden as an International School Peace Garden. Photos of both of these gardens can be found in the IHTEC Photo Album on this site.
On October 15, 2012 PDK co-ordinated a return visit for Julia Morton-Marr to the Polynesian Voyaging Society for a meeting with Jenna Ishii and Nainoa Thompson. It is hoped they may be able to promote International School Peace Gardens during their upcoming round-the-world sailing trip on the Hokule'a.