E Kūkulu Ke Kahua a Pa‘a

Translation: Build the Foundation Until Firm

Project # 2243371

What is NSF TCUP?

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) is funded through the U.S. National Science Foundation. Their program supports Native Hawaiian-serving institutions and Alaska Native-serving institutions to promote Native Americans in STEM research, education, and careers.

Support is available to eligible institutions for transformative capacity building or community engagement projects and complete details can be found on the TCUP website. Among the available support, Kaua‘i CC received a five-year TCUP for Secondary and Elementary Teachers in STEM (TSETS) $1,736,378 award on March 30, 2023, with a start date of April 01, 2023 and end date of March 31, 2028.

About TSETS: E Kūkulu Ke Kahua a Pa‘a

Collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i Community College, and TSETS aims to build K-12 mathematics instructional capacity on Kaua‘i through this five-year professional development project. KCC will work with local elementary and middle schools to support teacher learning and growth over a three-year period. This collaboration will focus on promoting Native Hawaiian student equity culture in mathematics curricula through 3 objectives: 

  1. Increase the knowledge and quality of of mathematics instruction through professional development and mentorship program for at least 15 Kaua‘i K-12 teachers that focuses on improving conceptual understanding of mathematics 
  2. Develop and improve place-based, culturally appropriate curriculum, assessments, and rubrics for five elementary grade levels
  3. Build high quality mathematics pathways for grades K-8 to achieve alignment with high school, dual credit mathematics, and reduce the need for remedial instruction. This preparation will create equitable access for Native Hawaiian students’ successful matriculation to postsecondary education.

We have partnered with the following schools to create a Math Hui on campus with participating educators and hold workshops to further advance STEM education for K-12 teachers on Kaua‘i

  • Kanuikapono Public Charter School
  • Kapa‘a Middle School 
  • Kawaikini Public Charter School

NSF Tsets Grant Reports

  • Year One Annual Report,  April 1, 2024 (to request a copy of this report click here)

Contact Us

Frankie Harriss
Principal Investigator, E Kūkulu Ke Kahua a Pa‘a
Email: frankieh@hawaii.edu
Telephone: (808) 245-8229

Jade Bermudez
Project Coordinator 
Email: jadee4@hawaii.edu
Telephone: (808) 245-8310