PREL is hiring a consultant for Chuuk DOE…again?

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The education consultant who was hired in September to reside in Chuuk and guide the on-going implementation of the Chuuk Education Reform Plan (CERP) has quit. Unconfirmed reason: frustrations. His sudden departure is a setback in an already problematic and painfully slow implementation of the CERP. The stakeholders; namely, the Pacific Resources for Education & Learning (PREL), Department of Education (DOE), the Chuuk Board of Education (CBOE), the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), and more … [Read more...]

Teach for Micronesia – Survey

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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

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFDW7z8qMoI 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!

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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://youtu.be/Q1eIYZjzO7A 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

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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

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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...]

COM Holding Test Results for Northwest Students

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It saddens me that the College of Micronesia plans to withhold the COM Entrance Test (COMET) for students from Northwest High School (formerly Weipat) until Senator Otto has paid the $300 fees  which he apparently promised to the college during the campaign season to have the test administered to all the seniors. I think the senator's lack of follow through is inexcusable, but the college's decision to hold the students test results as a bargaining chip is equally wrong. What do you … [Read more...]

Support for Chuuk’s kids

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While America celebrates the re-election of President Obama (and I am elated too), my heart is even more grateful for the children of Chuuk. Last week my beloved and struggling Chuuk State made a concerted step forward in her strive to offer better schools, to promote community involvement in educational reform, to develop ethical and hardworking teachers, to generate and sustain a lasting synergy among leaders to work together to put education as their top priority. There is no guarantee that … [Read more...]

Chuuk Education Reform Goals

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"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" - Charles Rosner. We the people of Chuuk are in dire need of a major attitudinal change with regards to educational reform. We need a paradigm shift from thinking that educational reform is their problem (aruchok) to ours (achupok). For so long now we have put the blame solely on "the government (kofemen)"...ach nan kofemen...that government...educational reform as responsibility of the Department of Education...wiiser u chok. We … [Read more...]