CRDG Mission Statement

The Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), with its Education Laboratory School, is an organized research unit in the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i that conducts research and creates, evaluates, disseminates, and supports educational programs that serve students, teachers, parents, and other educators in grades preK–12.

CRDG . . . contributes to the body of professional knowledge and practice in teaching and learning, curriculum development, program dissemination and implementation, evaluation and assessment, and school improvement.

“Committed to Quality”

We are pleased to present this 2004 Year in Review highlighting the work and successes of our dedicated educators, support staff , and students at the
Curriculum Research & Development Group. We continue our nearly 40-year history as a learner-centered community of educators, recognized locally, nationally, and globally for quality research, design, and curricula that inspire dynamic teaching and learning.

With over $9 million in externally funded projects, CRDG staff focus their research, development, training, and dissemination efforts in five focus areas: mathematics and science; Hawai‘i, Asia and the Pacific; learning technologies; serving diverse learners; and highly effective school systems. In the following pages you will find stories about the people who make up CRDG, their commitment to quality, their on-going work, and their successes and accomplishments in 2004.

We gratefully acknowledge our collaborators, both individual and institutional, our generous funding agencies, and our publishing partners. These collaborations enable us to carry out our mission of researching, creating, evaluating, disseminating, and supporting quality educational programs for all students and teachers in grades preK though 12.

The Laboratory School students, who are an essential part of our research and development work, have also accomplished a great deal this year. For the third year, the Laboratory School is ranked among the top public schools in the state based on Hawai‘i State Assessments. We had a National Merit Scholar finalist and semi-finalist. In addition, our students excelled in writing, speech, art, music, and athletics, winning individual and team awards in all these categories. Needless to say, we are proud of our faculty’s and our students’ accomplishments.

Aristotle noted that “we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

At CRDG we continue to be committed to excellence and quality.

Donald B. Young
Director, CRDG
Professor of Education