900 Fort St. Mall, Suite 1300
Honolulu, HI 96813
Web site: http://www.prel.org/programs/clt/past-work/pirc-fsm.aspx
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mr. Rodrigo Mauricio
Evaluator: Gianna Abbruzo
Evaluator affiliation: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
State PIRC Board:
Dr. David M. Borja, Commissioner of Education, CNMI Public School System
Fr. James P. Croghan, S.J., Director of Catholic Schools, Diocese of the Caroline Islands
Ms. Patricia Hamamoto, Superintendent, Hawaii Department of Education
Mr. Mario Katosang, Minister of Education, Republic of Palau
Mr. Wilfred I. Kendall, Minister of Education, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Sr. Margaret M. Margou, Director of Education, Yap Department of Education
Mr. Nena Nena, Secretary, of Health, Education and Social Affairs, National Government of the Federated States of Micronesia
Ms. Andrea Oakland, Teacher, Hawaii Department of Education
Ms. Zita Pangelinan, President & CEO, Pacific Human Resources Services, Inc.
Dr. Claire Poumele, Director of Education, American Samoa Department of Education
Mr. Henry Robert, Director of Education, Kosrae Department of Education
Ms. Kiorong Sam, Principal, Jabro Co-Op School
Ms. Eloise Sanchez, Associate Superintendent, Guam Public Schools System
Mr. Casiano Shoniber, Director of Education, Pohnpei Department of Education
Mr. Sanfio Sony, Executive Director, Chuuk School System
Mr. Laurence Vogel, President & CEO, Y. Hata & Co. Ltd.
Mr. Surangel Whipps, Jr., President & CEO, Surangel & Sons, Co.
Special Advisory Committees:
The Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) as a nation comprised of four States including Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, and Yap. Due to cultural, linguistic, and geographical differences each FSM state establishes a special advisory committee that serves to identify state needs and advice the FSM PIRC on parent and community connections with schools and academic improvement culturally appropriate for children of that state under cluster model.
The Special Advisory Committee in Pohnpei State is comprised of seven members representing parents, teachers, principals, early childhood education, women’s associations, and the Department of Public Health Services. The Special Advisory Committee in Chuuk State replicates the same structure. The Special Advisory Committees for Kosrae State and Yap State has yet to be established but will replicate same structure and functions. The FSM National PIRC Special Advisory Committee then is comprised of twenty-eight members representing the four FSM states.
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning has established and operates a Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The FSM PIRC is meeting its established purposes by (1) developing and strengthening the relationship between parents and their children’s school and (2) furthering the developmental progress of children being assisted by the project.
The goals and objectives of the FSM PIRC are:
Goal 1: Develop and strengthen partnerships between parents and schools to improve educational outcomes for students at risk of educational failure.
- Objective 1.1: Establish a school reform model at all FSM schools.
- Objective 1.2: Increase parents’ roles and responsibilities as partners in children’s education.
- Objective 1.3: Increase parents’ school-based participation in meeting the educational needs of children.
Goal 2: Ensure that the children of families assisted by the FSM PIRC are ready for school.
- Objective 2.1: Improve parents’ understanding of early childhood development.
- Objective 2.2: Increase parents’ exposure to early literacy materials.
Parent Engagement Model
The FSM PIRC is implementing Cluster Model of school reform under which parents are demonstrating increased children’s education, improving school learning environment, and improving children’s development and readiness for school among participating children. The Cluster Model is an adoption of effective school reform model and is determined relevant to the cultures of the FSM children. It is a model designed around school reform effective practices that encourages learning at home and connecting to school learning with meaningful engagement for parents and children.
The FSM PIRC has offices in Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap from which PIRC staff will assist schools to implement a parent-inclusive governance structure known as Cluster PTA. Schools implementing the Cluster Model of school reform are demonstrating increased involvement of parents in their children’s education, improved learning environments, improved child development, and enhanced reading readiness among participating children. The FSM PIRC staff also delivers services to implement the project's early childhood education components. The FSM PRIC has a full-time staff member in both Chuuk and Pohnpei and half-time staff in Kosrae and Yap.
To meet its objectives, the FSM PIRC offers the following services:
How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
- Replicating the “Cluster PTA” model to ensure parents understand standards, parents to demonstrate increasing involvement in their children’s schooling, and young people to better prepared for success in school.
- Disseminating and implementing early childhood parenting programs
- Translating early childhood education materials into the languages of the four FSM states
- Workshops for parents on how to involve themselves with schools
- Workshops for teachers and administrators on how to encourage parental involvement
- Network development to bring communities and schools together
- Parent leadership training
- Parenting classes
- Radio and television spots on parenting and educational issues
- Information dissemination on parenting, parental involvement, and early childhood education.
The Cluster Model brings parents together to work towards a common goal: children’s academic improvement. As parents become more knowledgeable about childhood development they reaffirm establishment of common goal. Each cluster team take part as a unit in the school reform model and share needs for development to complement their children’s learning.
Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
The project is expected to contribute findings and to inform research policy and practice by way of its implementation effectiveness in school reform. As designed, finding will be documented to contribute to Statewide PIRC efforts.