Ne'epapa Ka Hana (NKH)

Striving to improve inclusive Mathematics Pedagogy with the support of the Native Hawaiian Education Act Program

NKH’s Mission

Limited participation in STEM puts Hawai‘i economy at a disadvantage. Improving students’ performance early on in mathematics and STEM courses will increase aspiration, participation and completion in market competitive STEM careers. That trend will benefit the community at large and make Hawai‘i a more attractive choice for STEM related ventures.

Professional Development

Inclusive Mathematics Pedagogy Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Culturally and Socially Responsive PBL


Instructional Coaching

Teachers Learn from Students Differentiated Mathematics Instruction Contextual Mathematics Learning

Social Learning

Social Learning Theory Practicum Connectivism Applied to Mathematics Implementation of Learning Network

Special Education Supports

Equitable Mathematics Pedagogy Accessibility for Diverse Learners Networks for Diversity

About NKH

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana (NKH) is a three-year project awarded 
by the Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education
Act Program (Award # S362A140018). It is a technology-enabled
training model to improve inclusive mathematics pedagogy.
Forty percent of students nationally are falling behind in high
school mathematics due to poor preparation in 8th grade mathematics.
Studies have shown that success at this level has a direct effect on students
pursuing STEM education and has also been proven to be an excellent predictor of college entrance. For these reasons, our model aims at increasing engagement and achievement of 8th grade students in mathematics through improved attitudes and persistence, 21st century learning (deeper thinking allied with information and technology literacy), and confident mathematics proficiency. These goals will be reached by developing and testing socially and culturally responsive problem-based learning strategies. Implementation is supported by ongoing professional development for mathematics teachers and online collaborative learning network for all students. Ne‘epapa Ka Hana was designed to serve Native Hawaiian students through activities that celebrate the richness of Native Hawaiian culture.

Catered to serving


Teaching STEM

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana will help your mathematics pedagogy and class management by adapting to student specific needs and on-call support.By using NKH virtual learning environment on STEMD2 platform, you will engage all students, distributing considerable authority over where, when, and with whom they learn.

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana inclusive strategies

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana inclusive strategies are: (a) Aligned with eight Standards for Math Practice and Content.
(b) Designed based on GoMath 5Es: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.
(c) Supports SBA requirements; and (d) Develops 4Cs (21CLS): Communication, Collaboration, 
Critical thinking, Creativity.


Learning STEM

Improve your mathematics and leadership skills in a smart way. You will build your skills in real-world settings and we have designed a curriculum more relevant and applicable to your life. Ne’epapa Ka Hana has dedicated STEMD2 resources to support students in their STEM learning experience. Our projects are created for you!

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana Learning strategies

Do you like social media? Through Ne‘epapa Ka Hana you will use a collaborative learning network (a.k.a.,, social networking technologies), where you will develop solid mathematics knowledge while collaborating with other students, sharing questions, ideas, and solutions, linking learning objectives and problem-solving across subjects and trying new approaches to get real-world projects done.


Supporting STEM

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana offers access to tools and knowledge necessary for whatever job field you are dreaming for your child. The project emphasizes 21st century learning and leadership skills. These will have a long lasting impact on your child’s life. Ne‘epapa Ka Hana will connect over 40 classrooms and benefits more than 5,000 students.

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana inclusive strategies

Ne‘epapa Ka Hana inclusive strategies are: (a) Aligned with eight Standards for Math Practice and Content; (b) Designed based on GoMath 5Es: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate & Evaluate; (c) Supports SBA requirements; and (d) Develops 4Cs (21CLS): Communication, collaboration, critical thinking & creativity.



of k-12 teachers..

can teach inclusive classrooms with diverse learners


of high school students

receive poor preparation in middle school mathematics


students in hawaii

fall below proficient level in mathematics


students in hawaii

are socioeconomically linguistically, racially, and culturally diverse


STEM jobs

Require postsecondary education or higher

Part of the reason for the huge achievement gap in Hawaii is the lack of support available for our marginalized and special needs students.

––8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

I’ve taken quite a few PD Courses over the years, but I can honestly say this has been one of the best PD Courses for not only myself but my students as well.

––3rd Grade Teacher

I have already seen significant improvement in student learning in my classroom because my kids are more engaged and challenged.

––8th Grade Math Teacher

[This program] is something that all teachers and especially new teachers in Hawaii should have. Not only does it involve math for general education students, it can also be used in planning for teachers who work with those students with special needs.

––SPED Teacher