Academic Showcases are opportunities for students to demonstrate their academic confidence and design thinking skills aligned to the Department’s Strategic Plan Goal 1: Student Success objectives. Participation in these opportunities provide student’s learning experiences that further develop/demonstrate their:
Design Thinking Skills
The format for these opportunities may be local events held during in and/or outside of school , statewide or national events that schools may consider supporting individuals and/or team representation. Examples of showcase opportunities may include but are limited to the following types of events:
Student Competitions are individual or team competitions where the outcome of skill-based performances typically determine the winners. The format for these competitions may consist of individual and/or student teams locally, statewide and/or nationally.
Subject Area Fairs are generally competitions where students present their subject area projects (e.g. Science, Math, Art, etc.) using various type of display formats (e.g. poster board, digital video presentations, etc.)
School Family Nights are events where student’s families are invited to participate in activities hosted at schools, typically coordinated by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), or the school staff.
Showcases are events where students have an opportunity to present their work and interact with the public.
Learning Center Products are student work outcomes from the learning centers that provide learning resources for students.
In addition, participating in these types of events provide social emotional learning opportunities in a holistic environment where students learn to share, collaborate and support team members with varied backgrounds who listen to and respect each other. Communicating (verbally and visually) processes and solutions to a broader audience are some best practices that cross all content areas. These principles can be applied in a variety of pre-K to secondary classrooms environments.
Showcasing student work is a rewarding experience to highlight the hard work of students to a wider audience. Research has shown that when students have a voice and choice in their learning, they feel they are being heard, valued and respected. This gives them a sense of purpose, feelings of self-worth and increases engagement in school. Some of the benefits of showcasing student work include:
Accountability - Measuring Our Impact
Community Learning - Teaching Our Friends and Family
Increased Student Effort - Making It Real, Making It Important
Public Dialogue – Talking About Schools
Celebration of Youth – Giving Them the Spotlight
When implementing Academic Showcase opportunities, schools may refer to the categorized list of options below that may be conducted in partnership with public and/or private sector. In addition, schools may opt to consult with the respective content area specialist(s) for guidance on selecting/implementing the appropriate type of showcase event. Here are some suggested student opportunities that are categorized alphabetically by content area focus and are not necessarily endorsed by the Hawaii State Department of Education:
Academic Recognition Showcases
District Performance Assessment Recognitions
Honor Rolls or improvement recognitions
Scholar, Citizen or Super Star of the Month
Career and Technical Education
Digital Multimedia (PSA, Olelo)
English Language Arts
Hawaii State Bar Association - Junior Judges and Mock Trial
Speech performance in the target language