College of Education faculty member will be featured guest on PBS Hawaiʻi show on Jan. 26

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jennifer Parks, (808) 956-0416
Communications Coordinator, College of Education
Posted: Jan 7, 2016

Linda Furuto, at right, is interviewed by Leslie Wilcox in a Jan. 26 airing of Long Story Short.
Linda Furuto, at right, is interviewed by Leslie Wilcox in a Jan. 26 airing of Long Story Short.

Linda Furuto, an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE), will be interviewed on PBS Hawaiʻi’s Long Story Short on Tuesday, January 26.  The episode will air at 7:30 p.m.  

In the weekly sit-down talk show hosted by PBS Hawaiʻi President and CEO Leslie Wilcox, intriguing people with inspiring stories are spotlighted.  Furuto was invited to appear for her significant contributions to the community, as well as her sensitivity and attentiveness to culture and education, among her numerous other endeavors.                                                              

Furuto joined the COE Department of Curriculum Studies in 2013 after serving as Associate Professor of Mathematics at UH West Oʻahu, where she gained distinction for building the mathematics program and her Ethnomathematics Institute. Featured in numerous print, radio and television media over the past eight years, the institute addresses issues of equitable and quality education through the exploration of culturally responsive, place-based STEM.

Furuto has incorporated the Hōkūle‘a Worldwide Voyage into the institute’s P-20 curriculum. An integral part of the voyage, Furuto served on the first international leg from Hawai‘i to Tahiti as apprentice navigator and education specialist, while liaising with the students and faculty of the COE. Since then, she has voyaged on subsequent legs to American Sāmoa, Sāmoa, Olohega (Swain’s Island), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and South Africa.

During the PBS segment, Furuto focused on themes such as the importance of ʻohana and values; servant leadership and being stewards of the land; engaging in lifelong learning and teaching; embracing changing winds; and navigating past, present and future visions.

“One of the most important lessons I have learned is about reciprocity,” she stated. “We would not be here without the people and land that raised us to embrace this generation and time. It is our inherited privilege, gift, and responsibility to give back to Island Earth for those to come.”

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