“Coffee with the Principals” Covers Social-Emotional Learning at IPA

Parents in a line raising their hands.

Elementary Principal Steve Ross, Secondary Principal Steven Caley, and Secondary Vice Principal Michelle Bradley hosted “Coffee with the Principals” this morning in the MPR. Nearly 20 IPA parents and grandparents came out to learn more about the critical role social-emotional learning plays in student success, and how important it is in preparing our students for the future.

Mr. Ross started the morning with a fun group activity for the participants highlighting the “soft” skills our students are learning and practicing each day, followed by a discussion of the types of skills needed in today’s workforce versus those that will be required in the future. He emphasized that IPA prioritizes social-emotional learning and how that is achieved through the Tribes process.

Mr. Caley elaborated on the importance of social-emotional learning and how IPA is working toward best meeting the social-emotional needs of our students. He also discussed the value of the advisory program (called puʻuhonua) in the middle and upper school, and the goal of further developing the advisory program through special faculty training.

This was the third “Coffee with the Principals” event held this year. At each meeting, the principals focus on a relevant and timely topic to discuss with our IPA parents, including the Tribes process and school curriculum. It was great to see so many interested parents and grandparents come out and join in!

Please mark your calendars for the next “Coffee with the Principals” on April 19, 2018.


Slideshow for presentation.

The importance of social-emotional learning was the topic for the third “Coffee with the Principals” on January 29, 2018.

Parents in a line raising their hands.

Parents participate in a game demonstrating the importance of social learning.

Principal talking to parents.

Elementary Principal Mr. Ross talks about social learning.

Parents work together on a group activity.

IPA parents collaborate on a group activity during “Coffee with the Principals.”

Principal talking to parents.

Secondary Principal Mr. Steven Caley talks to IPA parents about social-emotional learning and the advisory program at “Coffee with the Principals.”


Parents and admin in discussion.

IPA parents are welcomed by the administration at the first “Coffee with the Principals” in September.

Parents with playing cards on their foreheads.

IPA parents play a game as in introduction to the importance of Tribes.

School principal talks to parents.

Secondary Principal, Mr. Steven Caley, explains the importance of feeling accepted and included, as illustrated in the game the parents played.

Parents in a circle playing a game.

Elementary Principal Mr. Steve Ross leads the parents in fun game highlighting features of Tribes at the first “Coffee with the Principals” in September.



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