Leaders of Social Justice in Education: Theory to Practice

January 9, 2023 through May 7, 2024

Hybrid course with asynchronous & synchronous meetings

The Hanahauʻoli School Professional Development Center and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa College of Education invite you to join a cohort of social justice education leaders this spring in a course that will empower you to enact social justice through your educational practice. The Leaders of Social Justice in Education course will provide a general overview of theory and research behind social justice education, explore Teaching Tolerance resource materials and Social Justice Education Standards, and will help you and your students bridge connections to local organizations that do social justice work.

The course takes a hybrid format with online assignments beginning on January 9 and ending on May 7, and includes alternating synchronous and asynchronous classes at the Hanahau’oli School Professional Development Center or WebEx from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

Participation is limited to 25 cohort members in total. This course qualifies for tuition-free UHM College of Education graduate credit and/or HIDOE reclassification credit.

Course credit (3) is available through the UHM College of Education (course # EDCS 440 to be shared if accepted and UHM course fees to be paid by student).

To register for EDCS 440 Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education (TBD) – CRN TBD**:

**Non-printing courses will not appear on Class Availability. Students must search for the course by its CRN using the new STAR GPS Registration system.

  1. Campus: Select the Manoa campus
  2. Semester: Select the Extension term
  3. CRN: Enter the 4-digit CRN TBD
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To be considered for the course, please click on the button below to submit an application by November 10th.


Jingwoan Chang, PhD

Jingwoan Chang, Ph.D. was born in Taiwan and raised in Singapore. She conducted her doctoral dissertation research on social justice education in Hawaiʻi in the Curriculum Studies Department in the College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. She taught Mandarin Chinese for over 16 years, mostly in K-12 classrooms in Chicago and Honolulu, and has Master’s degrees in history and East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

David Ball, Ph.D.

Dave Ball, Ph.D. is a lifelong K-16 educator. He is Program Coordinator of the Davis Democracy Initiative and Instructor of English at Punahou School. He serves as series editor of the Tom Inge Series on Comics Artists at the University Press of Mississippi. He is the author of False Starts: The Rhetoric of Failure and the Making of American Modernism (Northwestern UP, 2015) and co-editor of The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking (UP of Mississippi, 2010).

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Ger Thao, Ph.D.

Ger Thao is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Curriculum Studies Department, College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She was a recipient of the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship. Ger has been assisting the Social Justice Education Project as the Project Assistant since 2019. She is a former elementary teacher, reading specialist, and Hmong American author of a bilingual children’s book.


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Ger Thao, Ph.D.

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The Social Justice in Education Project is funded by a generous grant from Jana & Howard Wolff and is presented by the Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education.