Making it easier for faith families to navigate
difficult issues in public education.

Over the past 30 years, our society has become very diverse, and so have our schools.  There are many faiths, cultures and worldviews present in our school system that must be accommodated equally.  In an effort to meet these varied needs, the Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) have policies encouraging parents to inform the school about sensitive lesson content.  Parents then, need to be proactive by informing the school of their faith needs and identifying lesson content they consider sensitive, so their needs can be included.

The following 5-part webinar series and Parent Support Guide have been created to help you understand your role as the primary educator of your child, and learn how to address sensitive content in a way that affirms your faith and respects the choices and values of others.

Before you start, please download our Parent Support Guide by clicking the link below.

 

Parent Webinar Series

 

Step 1: Learning the Facts about Curriculum

Before getting into a discussion with the school about sensitive lesson content it is important to understand the facts about what your child may be learning.  With this understanding you are able to communicate accurately.

Click BEGIN to start this week’s session.

 

 

 

Step 2: Learning the PEACE-ful Process

The PEACE approach to communication is positive, relational, and based upon Biblical principles of social influence described in the Book of Luke, Chapter 10: 1-9.  Recent case studies have shown that a positive, winsome approach to this issue is most effective for building understanding between parents, teachers, and school staff.

Click BEGIN to start this week’s session.

 

 

 

Step 3: Engage Your Keiki

Research shows that the best place to learn about human sexuality is at home with a caring parent.  However, school officials feel that the new curriculum is needed because parents aren’t teaching their children about sexual health and sexuality. This week’s session will look at how you to engage your child when it comes to sensitive curriculum.

Click BEGIN to get started.

 

 

Step 4: Build Relationship With School Staff

Communicating with the school, especially on a sensitive/controversial issue, is much more successful if there is a positive relationship between the parent and teacher.  Parents need to become a positive influence in the lives of their child’s teachers.  This week we’ll discuss how you can do that in 3 practical steps.

 

 

Step 5: Share Your Successes

If you find that these steps make it easier for you and your child to live out your faith in public school, please don’t you keep it to yourself!

Click BEGIN to watch the final session video.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve had parents from communities all across Hawai’i ask questions about this topic.  So if you have questions, don’t worry: you’re not alone!  To help, we’ve put together a page of the most commonly asked questions about legislation, sex education curriculum, the rights of parents, and more.  Please click the button below to see if we can help answer your questions too.

Making it easier for faith families to navigate
difficult issues in public education.

Over the past 30 years, our society has become very diverse, and so have our schools.  There are many faiths, cultures and worldviews present in our school system that must be accommodated equally.  In an effort to meet these varied needs, the Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) have policies encouraging parents to inform the school about sensitive lesson content.  Parents then, need to be proactive by informing the school of their faith needs and identifying lesson content they consider sensitive, so their needs can be included.

 

The following 5-part webinar series and Parent Support Guide have been created to help you understand your role as the primary educator of your child, and learn how to address sensitive content in a way that affirms your faith and respects the choices and values of others.

 

Before you start, please download our Parent Support Guide by clicking the link below.

 

Parent Webinar Series

Making it easier for faith families to navigate
difficult issues in public education.

Step 1: Learning the Facts about Curriculum

Before getting into a discussion with the school about sensitive lesson content it is important to understand the facts about what your child may be learning.  With this understanding you are able to communicate accurately.

Click BEGIN to start this week’s session.

Step 2: Learning the PEACE-ful Process

The PEACE approach to communication is positive, relational, and based upon Biblical principles of social influence described in the Book of Luke, Chapter 10: 1-9.  Recent case studies have shown that a positive, winsome approach to this issue is most effective for building understanding between parents, teachers, and school staff.

Click BEGIN to start this week’s session.

Step 3: Engage Your Keiki

Research shows that the best place to learn about human sexuality is at home with a caring parent.  However, school officials feel that the new curriculum is needed because parents aren’t teaching their children about sexual health and sexuality. This week’s session will look at how you to engage your child when it comes to sensitive curriculum.

Click BEGIN to get started.

Step 4: Build Relationship With School Staff

Communicating with the school, especially on a sensitive/controversial issue, is much more successful if there is a positive relationship between the parent and teacher.  Parents need to become a positive influence in the lives of their child’s teachers.  This week we’ll discuss how you can do that in 3 practical steps.

Step 5: Share Your Successes

If you find that these steps make it easier for you and your child to live out your faith in public school, please don’t you keep it to yourself!

Click BEGIN to watch the final session video.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve had parents from communities all across Hawai’i ask questions about this topic.  So if you have questions, don’t worry: you’re not alone!  To help, we’ve put together a page of the most commonly asked questions about legislation, sex education curriculum, the rights of parents, and more.  Please click the button below to see if we can help answer your questions too.

Go To FAQ Page