Friday, January 30, 2015

Aloha! E Komo Mai! 98th Lions Clubs International Convention: Honolulu June 26-30, 2015



Are you a member of Lions Clubs International (LCI)? The Pacific Learning Consortium is looking forward to welcoming LCI members and their spouses, family members and guests to Honolulu, June 26-30, 2015!



Now is your time to venture around Oahu, to discover and learn about America's "Paradise of the Pacific" first-hand. There are so many things to do -and to learn! 

Hawaii welcomes you with our Aloha Spirit! Let us take you on an enriching, cultural and historical journey, one that we're sure will be filled with fond memories that will last a lifetime. 



Seasoned, well-traveled visitors will tell you that getting to know a place as special as Hawaii is best done up-close and personal. We couldn't agree more. 



To make reservations or for more information on affordable, customized educational discovery adventures contact the Pacific Learning Consortium by email or call 808.721.0306. 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Writer’s Life: Cultivating Inspiration Through the Written Word. Starts January 27!

Next Course: Starts January 27, 2015; Concludes May 12, 2015 
(15 Weeks) 



Click here for tickets and to pay online. 

The arts of writing and composing features many thoroughfares of discovery and direction. This course will help you develop your passions so that you may further express yourself as a writer. We will explore together the process of writing, of discovering more about yourself while reaping inspiration from the worlds within and around you. 

As with any sacred quest, the doors to new dimensions of emotion, imagination, understanding and spirit will unfold. You will learn that it is your fears and self-judgment that are your greatest stumbling blocks to creative expression, that courage is one of the keys to genuine authenticity, and that showing up on the page is liberating. 

Each learning experience covers new and stimulating topics. Never been published before? Unsure of what area of writing interests you? This creative writing program might be your best choice. 

Who knows what it may lead you to? Each door you open through this course is a voyage of discovery. 

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after the conclusion of the program. 

You will be notified by email and/or USPS mail if there are any changes to the program including change in venue, date, or cancellation. 

Choose from Three Payment Plans:
*Full Payment: US$500 Consortium members; US$575 non-Consortium students.

*Advanced Installment of 3 payments: $200 each for a total of US$600

*Extended Weekly Installment of 15 payments at US$45 each for a total of $675 plus a $75 nonrefundable deposit due with the first installment at the start of the course for a total of $US750. 

Note: A one-year membership with the Pacific Learning Consortium is US$95. See: http://www.pacificlearningconsortium.org/membership.html 

Tuition payment must be received on or before Monday, January 26, 2015. 
Make check out to 'Pacific Learning Consortium' and mail it to The Pacific Learning Consortium, P.O. Box 183, Honolulu HI 96810-0183. 

Registration and Contact
PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com or call 808-721-0306. 

Time
This course meets online weekly. It includes lectures, topical lessons, contemplations, discussion and constructive feedback. One-on-one sessions with the instructor are available online and/or in-person by mutual agreeable appointment and venue. 

Tax Deduction
If the purpose of attending a program is to help you maintain or improve skills related to employment or business the expenses related to the program may be tax-deductible according to I.R.C. Reg. 1.162-5. Please consult your tax advisor. 

Your Instructor

Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the president of The Pacific Learning Consortium. He is an experienced blogger, published author, historian, featured speaker, lecturer and dedicated educator. Mead has been blogging since 2009. His blogs include Travel Rocks My World, My Dad the U.S. China Marine, TESL Teachers Rule My World, Zhihui (Wisdom), Hallowed Grounds, and The Writings of Jeffrey Bingham Mead. He is the president of History Education Hawaii, the local affiliate of the National Council for History Education and manages its news-blog. Mead is the founder of its Hawaii Lyceum of History program, including the Hawaii History Blog Project. 

Feeling Wanderlust? The Pacific Learning Consortium offers educational travel enrichment programs -all year round!

Did you know that the Pacific Learning Consortium offers educational travel enrichment programs all year round? 
Our customized travel programs promote cross-cultural exchanges where participants of all ages, learning styles and backgrounds grow and thrive, where doors are opened to new and exciting learning opportunities, globalized networking and long-lasting friendships are built.

Our travel programs are designed, constructed and implemented for a broad spectrum of individuals, families, school groups, professional associations, lifelong learners and explorers. We pride ourselves on our first-rate, international reputation, one that we’ve worked hard to earn together with experienced instructors, strategic partners and community resources.
Together, we share a passion for optimizing your experiences through a solid commitment to fostering excellence, inspired intercultural and globalized appreciation.
Our programs are offered in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines ranging from cultural immersion, English as a Second Language, history and heritage studies, culinary appreciation, and much, much more!
Our services focus on imagination, innovation, listening, planning and coordinating your adventures! This includes working with a program coordinator, customizing your itinerary, greeting you at the airport, securing accommodations, ground transportation, meals, a welcoming ceremony, experiential field experiences, excellent, caring instructors and community resources, engaging lectures and presentations, and a closing celebration when your adventure concludes -all, enriching, transformational and unforgettable! 
Contact us at PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com or call 808-721-0306.

Get Ready for 'Mushroom Stroganoff & More' by Rebecca Woodland, Hawaii's Blonde Vegetarian


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happening Today! Soul Food with Hawaii's Blonde Vegetarian

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the theme for this hands-on cooking class is Soul Food~ Southern comfort food that nourishes body and soul. Vegan, healthy, and absolutely delicious, we'll be making Skillet Cornbread, Black-eyed Peas & Greens, Peanut Butter Fudge, and more. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Email rebeccawoodland@gmail.com to register.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Soul Food Class! Southern Comfort that Nourishes Body and Soul by Rebecca Woodland



Hello dear foodie friends!

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the theme for Tuesday's cooking class is Soul Food - Southern comfort food that nourishes body and soul. 

Yes, it will be vegan, gluten-free, healthy, and absolutely delicious, retaining the character and flavor of Southern cuisine. I hope you can join us! Here are the details:

What:  hands-on cooking class featuring vegan Soul Food
When:  Tuesday morning, January 20, 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: Medici's at Manoa School of Art & Music in Manoa Marketplace
Cost:    $50, includes lunch
How:    email rebeccawoodland@gmail.com or text (808)295-3027 to register. 

Advance registration REQUIRED.

Live deliciously!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Time Management: Time Flies When You Are Studying Hard!

This is the clock tower atop Aliiolani Hale in Honolulu, Hawaii USA. It is the seat of Hawaii's judicial branch of government and where the State Supreme Court meetings. 


School's back in session! Holiday vacations are over! 

So, you need some help with time management? 

When I was a communications instructor I taught a personal and public speaking class at a Japanese-based international college with a campus in Honolulu. I was privileged one term to teach a mixed group of American and Japanese nationals. 

I assigned this class the task of creating a series of English-language instructional videos on the subject of time management. Bear in mind that for some of these students English is their second language. 

This playlist is on the course YouTube channel. Click here. 

Each selection includes the text of the students' remarks. It's been five years since they completed this assignment, and I am still proud of them. 

You might want to bookmark this playlist for future reference. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Optimism


Savory Spreads & Snacks by Hawaii's Blonde Vegetarian, Tuesday, January 13





Back by popular demand! Last Tuesday's culinary class was so much fun we decided to do it again for those of you who were unable to attend. 

The class features "Nut Tuna" and a variety of other original savory appetizers. You won't believe it's vegan and gluten-free! Learn to create all kinds of easy, beautiful, tasty, satisfying finger foods and healthy yummies (and pineapple sorbet) ~ a great way to re-enforce your your New Year's resolution to eat healthier! 

Come prepared to play with food - you'll be wrapping rolling, stacking, stuffing, and spreading deliciousness during the class. I'd love to see you there. Tell your friends!
Where: Manoa School of Art & Music, Manoa Marketplace
When: Tuesday, January 13, 9:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $50, includes lunch
How: email rebeccawoodland@gmail.com to register. 
Advance registration required.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Program Announcement: Skills for University Success

Congratulations! Welcome to university studies! A world of opportunities await you. Whether you are continuing your studies after high school graduation, returning to school to learn new skills, or transitioning to a new career you are here to make the most of it. 

This course has been developed with those of you who want to resoundingly succeed with your studies. 

Together, we will work together to establish a personalized learning-for-success plan that will aid you in acquiring and improving upon the essential skills and proficiencies you need to succeed. 

Issues covered include:
-  Identifying your reasons for going to school.
-  Determining and discerning personal learning styles.
-  Ascertaining a student’s roles and responsibilities.
-  Describing and applying critical, analytical thinking skills.
-  Personal management: Time and stress management; effective study skills; self-assessment; and setting realistic expectations. 
-  Communication: Oral presentation skills; using visual aids effectively; communication strategies; self-review and peer review processes.
-   Establishing research skills and techniques.
-   Recognizing plagiarism and how to avoid it. 
-   Establishing collaboration skills with peers and instructors.
-   Reviewing the writing process, citation, documentation and style guides. 

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after the conclusion of the program. 

You will be notified by email and/or USPS mail if there are any changes to the program including change in venue, date, or cancellation. 

Choose from Three Payment Plans:
*Full Payment: US$550 Consortium members; US$600 non-Consortium students.

*Advanced Installment of 3 payments: $230 each for a total of US$690

*Extended Weekly Installment of 6 payments at US$125 each for a total of US$750 plus a $75 nonrefundable deposit due with the first installment at the start of the course for a total of $US825. 

Note: A one-year membership with the Pacific Learning Consortium is US$95. See: http://www.pacificlearningconsortium.org/membership.html 

Tuition payment must be received one week before course start. 
Make check out to 'Pacific Learning Consortium' and mail it to The Pacific Learning Consortium, P.O. Box 183, Honolulu HI 96810-0183. 

Registration and Contact
PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com or call 808-721-0306. 

Time
This course meets weekly for six weeks. It includes lectures, topical lessons, coaching, discussion and constructive feedback. One-on-one sessions with the instructor are available online, by phone and/or in-person by mutual agreeable appointment and venue. 

Tax Deduction
If the purpose of attending a program is to help you maintain or improve skills related to employment or business the expenses related to the program may be tax-deductible according to I.R.C. Reg. 1.162-5. Please consult your tax advisor. 


Your Instructor

Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the president of The Pacific Learning Consortium. He is an experienced blogger, published author, historian, featured speaker, lecturer and dedicated educator. He has been a high school and university-level instructor/facilitator for over 20 years. 


He is the president of History Education Hawaii, the local affiliate of the National Council for History Education and manages its news-blog. Mead is the founder of its Hawaii Lyceum of History program, including the Hawaii History Blog Project. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Customized Hawaii-based Spring Break and Summer Programs!





Throughout the years I have been working with Asian-based international school groups to provide enriching and unforgettable educational experiences here in Hawaii. I am delighted to announce that The Pacific Learning Consortium will be offering its own customized spring break and summer camp programs starting this Spring for groups from Asia and North America. They are not just for young people but also for learners of all ages! The smiles say it all! Watch for announcements here on Facebook and our news-blog. You can always contact us with your questions at PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.

Aloha,

Jeffrey Bingham Mead,
President. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Program Announcement: The Writer’s Life: Cultivating Inspiration Through the Written Word.



*Good news! This course will be offered on a continuous basis each week starting Tuesdays, including holidays, year round. 

Next Course: Starts January 13, 2015; Concludes April 28, 2015 (15 Weeks) 

The arts of writing and composing features many thoroughfares of discovery and direction. This course will help you develop your passions so that you may further express yourself as a writer. We will explore together the process of writing, of discovering more about yourself while reaping inspiration from the worlds within and around you. 

As with any sacred quest, the doors to new dimensions of emotion, imagination, understanding and spirit will unfold. You will learn that it is your fears and self-judgment that are your greatest stumbling blocks to creative expression, that courage is one of the keys to genuine authenticity, and that showing up on the page is liberating. 

Each learning experience covers new and stimulating topics. Never been published before? Unsure of what area of writing interests you? This creative writing program might be your best choice. 

Who knows what it may lead you to? Each door you open through this course is a voyage of discovery. 

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after the conclusion of the program. 

You will be notified by email and/or USPS mail if there are any changes to the program including change in venue, date, or cancellation. 

Choose from Three Payment Plans:
*Full Payment: US$500 Consortium members; US$575 non-Consortium students.

*Advanced Installment of 3 payments: $200 each for a total of US$600

*Extended Weekly Installment of 15 payments at US$45 each for a total of $675 plus a $75 nonrefundable deposit due with the first installment at the start of the course for a total of $US750. 

Note: A one-year membership with the Pacific Learning Consortium is US$95. See: http://www.pacificlearningconsortium.org/membership.html 

Tuition payment must be received on or before Monday, January 12, 2015. 
Make check out to 'Pacific Learning Consortium' and mail it to The Pacific Learning Consortium, P.O. Box 183, Honolulu HI 96810-0183. 

Registration and Contact
PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com or call 808-721-0306. 

Time
This course meets online weekly. It includes lectures, topical lessons, contemplations, discussion and constructive feedback. One-on-one sessions with the instructor are available online and/or in-person by mutual agreeable appointment and venue. 

Tax Deduction
If the purpose of attending a program is to help you maintain or improve skills related to employment or business the expenses related to the program may be tax-deductible according to I.R.C. Reg. 1.162-5. Please consult your tax advisor. 

Your Instructor

Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the president of The Pacific Learning Consortium. He is an experienced blogger, published author, historian, featured speaker, lecturer and dedicated educator. Mead has been blogging since 2009. His blogs include Travel Rocks My World, My Dad the U.S. China Marine, TESL Teachers Rule My World, Zhihui (Wisdom), Hallowed Grounds, and The Writings of Jeffrey Bingham Mead. He is the president of History Education Hawaii, the local affiliate of the National Council for History Education and manages its news-blog. Mead is the founder of its Hawaii Lyceum of History program, including the Hawaii History Blog Project.