As an equity leader and ethnic studies educator for the past twelve years, K. Kaaekuahiwi has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring equitable access for Black/African-American, and Latine students in under-resourced BIPOC communities, and urban public schools.
His curiosity about transformational and liberatory models of education stem from connections within his work on ethnic studies curriculum development and pedagogies within the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), equity-leadership with CASEL’s Collaborative Districts Initiative with OUSD, and partnership to create a nationally adopted M.S. social-emotional learning curriculum with the Center For The Collaborative Classroom.
As a teacher-researcher for Agency by Design, part of Harvard’s School of Education Project Zero Classroom, he engaged in a multi-year research initiative investigating students’ dispositions towards design thinking, maker-centered learning, and maker-empowerment. As a lead teacher for Roses In Concrete Community School, and teacher-fellow for Arts Integration and Maker-Centered Learning in Oakland, he co-created a project-based, and arts-making M.S. program that integrated both design and ethnic studies.
His educational background includes a B.A. in law and society and political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a master’s degree in ethnic studies from San Francisco State University; and an administrative services credential from Mills College. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Mills College.
Outside of school, K. enjoys photography, backpacking, reading travel blogs, and being with his family.