Keynote Sessions

Discover Our Keynote Sessions at Paradise Based Learning

At Paradise Based Learning, our keynote sessions are thoughtfully curated to inspire and empower educators on their professional journey. Renowned speakers from the field of education deliver engaging talks that explore innovative pedagogies, share best practices, and ignite a passion for transformative teaching. These dynamic sessions serve as a catalyst for meaningful discussions, offering valuable insights and strategies that educators can immediately apply in their classrooms.

Keynote Speakers

Whitney Aragaki, PhD, an educator, parent, and learner hailing from Hilo, Hawaiʻi, champions a teaching approach rooted in abundance, honoring place, people, and cultures. As a fifth-generation resident of Hawaiʻi Island of Japanese descent, Aragaki’s upbringing in an educational household shaped her commitment to fostering the interconnectedness of public education, community, and environment. With a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Aragaki earned a Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education.

As a high school science teacher and parent, Aragaki applies her expertise to cultivate a supportive learning environment where her two children also thrive. Recognized as the 2022 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year and a National Teacher of the Year Finalist, Aragaki holds National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics and has been a two-time state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. In 2023, she was selected as part of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Leaders USA.

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