Navigating Success: Pacific Islander students embrace possibilities

Our Navigating Success - 3rd Annual Pacific Islander Youth Empowerment conference for high school students of Pacific Island ethnicities was a complete success. What I started with our Marshallese Iakwe Club and a few colleagues from the Division of Student Affairs for 15 Marshallese students from Ka'u High School has grown into a popular annual conference. I'm so proud of the more than 130 volunteers from UH Hilo, Hawaii Community College, Micronesians United - Big Island, Hawaii County … [Read more...]

A Micronesian-focused Charter School in Hawaii?

I am blessed to be part of a consultancy team of doctoral students at the College of Education at UH Manoa who are working with several Hawaii-based Micronesian-serving clients on a project to study the feasibility of establishing a charter school focusing on Micronesian cultures, languages, people. Members of our team presented some of our preliminary findings and conducted focus groups with participants of the Pacific Educational Conference in Majuro, Marshall Islands. The team also paid a … [Read more...]

FSM Congressional Scholarship for Northwest Region

The FSM Congress recently appropriated $20,000.00 to fund scholarships for students from the Northwest region of Chuuk State. This is by far the largest amount set aside to help students from the small and remote outer islands of Pattiw, Pafeng, and Namwonweito. But how do students from these islands apply for the scholarship? What's the selection criteria? Is there a deadline? I had a chance to meet briefly with Senator Otto during his recent trip to Hawaii with the FSM Congressional Chuuk … [Read more...]

Kids Sharing Aloha Through Microlending

As a parent and an educator, I was very excited to receive the news from Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School that my daughter, Keala, was selected to receive 3 awards at the school's End-of-the-Year celebration. One of these was the much coveted Legislative Award sponsored and presented by Hawaii State Senator Gil Kahele, a Kapiolani alum. This award is given to only one student per grade who exemplify the characteristics described on the certificate (see below).  And my little girl who just … [Read more...]

Teach for Micronesia – Survey

Teach for Micronesia (TFM) is being developed as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission of ending education inequity in the Pacific Island nation of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Modeled after the highly successful Teach for America program, TFM aims to recruit college graduates from Micronesia and the United States to serve as paid teachers for two years and placed in high need public schools throughout Micronesia. Please help us take the quick online … [Read more...]

Northwest Educators Set 10 Regional Priorities

httpv:// I've just returned from a week at Xavier High School in Chuuk, site of my first teaching years, to co-facilitate the Northwest Educators Summer Training (NEST) for over 70 public school teachers and principals and leaders from the poor and geographically remote Northwest Unified Schools. While the NEST was funded largely by the Chuuk State Department of Education (CDOE), this first-ever community led regional training was the first in Chuuk that was … [Read more...]

Things Pacific Islander Students Must Know Before Starting College!

A college education is a big investment in money, time, energy, and resources for any high school graduate. For the Pacific Islander students who are afforded the chance to leave the relative calm of their home islands in pursuit of a college degree, this experience is both a privilege and a daunting task. It brings honor to the family, but can also become a collective shame for failure to attain the degree. This reflection is meant for newly graduated high school students from the Pacific … [Read more...]

We Know Our Problems, Now What?!

httpv:// This video, Dare to Imagine, challenges us to re-imagine innovative ways to tackle global and local problems. It is also applicable to rethinking strategies for solving problems in education in Chuuk. The film was part of the Skoll World Forum which brought together changemakers to problem-solve pressing global issues and address solutions. The forum topics were summarized in the article, "10 Ideas Driving Social Entrepreneurship" re-printed below from … [Read more...]

Help Wanted: Education Expert for Chuuk

The news about educational reform in my fair state of Chuuk is not good. In fact, it's becoming alarmingly bad that it deserves drastic measures. If Chuuk's education is likened to the sinking of the Titanic, then the sequence of Chuukese headlines of that historic maritime disaster might look like this: Headline 1: "Chitanic Hit Coral Reef!" Headline 2: "Chitanic Taking on Water from Small and Giant Holes Observed below Waterline!" Headline 3: "Chitanic Sinking Fast!" Headline 4: … [Read more...]

What Graduates Don’t Learn in Schools

Graduation season is upon us again. I'm struck with these life lessons which have been mistakenly attributed to Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates. The original version first appeared on September 19, 1996 in an op ed piece in the San Diego Union Tribune by Charles Sykes entitled "Some Rules Kids Won't Learn in School." Rule 1: Life is not fair -- get used to it! Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel … [Read more...]