Be the change you want to see in this world

"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Graduate students enrolled in ED638: Teaching with the Internet presented at the University of Guam’s 22nd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference held November 6 and 7 at the University of Guam and Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. The theme of the conference was Multicultural Approaches in Language Arts Education. The students’ presentation titled Using Internet Tools to Enhance Multicultural Education explored web sites aimed at enhancing multicultural education, including reading, writing, collaboration, professional development, instructional technology, WebQuests, and more. Pictured L-R first row: Angela Sablan; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, instructor; and Marife Fernandez. Second row L-R: Darlene Quichocho, Ceria Santos, Tessa Pfahler, Yolanda Tabayoyong, Nadine Cruz, and Josephine Mesa Cruz. Back row L-R: Alan Jamison and Devin Paciente.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Family Literacy in the Pacific

Check out the new Family Literacy in the Pacific website at

Thursday, December 24, 2009

May the Lord richly bless you with a memorable Christmas to cherish with family and friends. Felis Pasgua! Feliz Navidad! Have a blessed Christmas filled much love, joy, peace, and happiness!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Congratulations to all of the Fall 2009 UOG graduates, especially those graduating from the School of Education! We are very proud of all of you, and we're confident that you'll do great things for our community! Remember, together we can make a difference!

I would also like to encourage all UOG graduates to join the UOG Alumni Association, and for those who graduated from the School of Education, I especially encourage you to join the SOE Alumni Association. You can access the alumni membership forms on the respective alumni websites located below.

UOG Alumni Association:

SOE Alumni Association:

Pictured above left to right: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Language and Literacy/TESOL Adjunct Professor, UOG Alumni Association Vice President, and SOE Alumni Association President; Richardson "Rick" Chiwi, Language and Literacy graduate; and Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, Language and Literacy/TESOL Program Advisor and Professor.

Pictured above left to right: Mae Mendiola, Special Education M.Ed. graduate and SOE Alumni Association Treasurer; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Language and Literacy/TESOL Adjunct Professor, UOG Alumni Association Vice President, SOE Alumni Association President, and ACEI Co-Advisor; Lois Taitano Gumataotao, Special Education M.Ed. graduate and SOE Alumni Association Vice President.

Pictured above left to right: Liwanag Dominguez, SOE Alumni Association Secretary; Lois Taitano Gumataotao, Special Education M.Ed. graduate and SOE Alumni Association Vice President; Lolita Sigueza, Special Education M.Ed. graduate; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Language and Literacy Adjunct/TESOL Professor, UOG Alumni Association Vice President, SOE Alumni Association President, and ACEI Co-Advisor.

Un Dangkulo Na Si Yu'os Ma'ase'! BIBA UOG!


●Forty-six received master's degrees this year, and 131 received bachelor's degrees.

●Valedictorian: Geralyn Marie Dydasco Pablo

●The graduates earned degrees in the areas of Language and Literacy, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Administration and Supervision, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Counseling, English, Communication, Biology, Accounting, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Computer Information Systems, Finance and Economics, International Tourism and Hospitality, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, and more!

Saturday, December 12, 2009 - A Special ED638 Contribution by Devin Paciente

As part of our community contribution to promote literacy, the University of Guam’s ED638* students and I will continue to share effective literacy websites that we think you’ll enjoy and learn from at the same time!

Website: Funschool


Contributor: Devin Paciente

The website provides learning activities for students, teachers and parents. There are many learning activities for grade levels Pre-K to 6th grade. Most of the activities are quiz-type games that users can play for subjects such as Reading, Language Arts, and Math. There are also games for content areas, such as Science, Social Studies, and Health.

For students in Pre-K, there are matching, counting and printable coloring activities. K-2 students can have fun learning how to type and spell with the Language game Super Hyper Spider Typer! Students in the 3rd-4th grades can have fun with math and memorizing activities that become more challenging as they progress through levels. The 5th-6th grade students can apply their knowledge to trivia-type games on a variety of subjects. The website also includes a game that helps young learners support recycling.

The website also includes a link for parents to On the website there is a blog where parents can read and share their stories, parenting tips, family activities, or just simply exchange ideas. Parents can also find seasonal/thematic arts and crafts activities, as well as many recipes that they can experiment with, such as grilling, cooking with kids, or healthy eating.

*ED638: Teaching with the Internet

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

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The Guam International Reading Association's 10th Annual Community Book Fair be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the Agana Shopping Center from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Bring the entire family for a fun day of literacy filled with books, Read Alouds, raffle prizes, and more! There will be exciting student performances including Maria Ulloa Elementary School’s Head Start students and the St. Francis Honor Choir. A special appearance of Clifford the Big Red Dog will also be available.

A special presentation of IRA’s Community Book Baskets will benefit the following: University of Guam’s School of Education Literacy Lab, Guam Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Ward, Erica’s House, Department of Youth Affairs, and the Alee Shelter in order to promote literacy.

There will be
an array of books just for you! There will be paperback and hardcover books, young adult literature, and an assortment of professional books—all at affordable prices. There will also be software, novelties, and brand new Read-A-Thon 2010: “Go Green, Go Read” stocking stuffers. Books for IRA’s upcoming visiting author, Eric Ode, will also be on sale. There will be items from Southern Creations, PBS Guam, School Essentials, and Scholastic. Other features include the make-n-take children’s craft table, face painting by ACEI, gift wrapping stations, and more! You won't want to miss this event!

Friday, November 27, 2009

29th Annual International PIBBA Conference - June 22-25, 2010, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Read details below.

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29th Annual International
PIBBA Conference


Tuesday-Friday, June 22-25, 2010
Marshall Islands High School

Sponsored by:
Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and RMI Chapter

Download Registration Form

Download Presentation Form

Download Exhibit Form

Download Indigenous Teacher of the Year Packet

Download Pioneer of the Year Packet

The PIBBA Conference is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and cultural enrichment. This year's conference offers a wonderful selection of traditional, innovative, and practical workshops, presented by creative and imaginative educators and cultural leaders from the Pacific islands.

PIBBA Conference Chairs:

Cheta N. Anien, President-Elect, PIBBA International
Emman Rokjan, President, PIBBA RMI Chapter

For information, contact Cheta N. Anien at (692) 625-5261/5262 or e-mail or


Pictured above: Proclamation signing for the 28th Annual International PIBBA Conference at the Governor's Conference Room. L-R front row seated: Carmen Weaver, Rosa Salas Palomo, Lt. Governor Mike Cruz, Governor Felix Camacho, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz. Back row L-R: Teresita Flores, Maria Cruz, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Carol Cepeda, Marife Fernandez, Mye Ganan Flores, Risa Salas Miguel, Zander Refilong, Joseph Mafnas, and Antonia Salas.

Pictured above: The 30th Guam Legislature presented a legislative resolution commending the celebration of the 28th Annual International PIBBA Conference on June 22, 2009 at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa. Pictured above L-R: Dr. Robert Underwood, UOG President and first PIBBA President; Masa-Aki Emesiochl, first PIBBA President-Elect; Juanita Manibusan, PIBBA Conference Co-Chair & 2008-2009 President of PIBBA Guam Chapter; Rosa Salas Palomo, PIBBA Conference Co-Chair & 2008-2009 PIBBA International President-Elect; Senator Tina Muna-Barnes; Frances Sablan, CNMI head delegation; Marilyn Salas, 2008-2009 PIBBA International Secretary; Alister Tolenoa, Kosrae head delegation; and Shelten Neth, 2008-2009 PIBBA International President.

Pictured above L-R: Zander Refilong, PIBBA steering committee member; Lt. Governor Bill Tosie of Kosrae; PIBBA President Shelten Neth; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA steering committee member.

Pictured above L-R: Teresita Flores, PIBBA steering committee member; Joe Mafnas, PIBBA steering committee member; Frances Sablan, PIBBA secretary; Alister Tolenoa, Kosrae delegation; and Carmen Weaver, PIBBA steering committee member.

SOE International Conference - February 12-14, 2010. Read details below.


First International Conference on


Marriott Hotel Guam

February 12-14, 2010

About the Conference

The University of Guam School of Education is hosting an international conference for researchers, practitioners and school administrators to share their expertise, experiences, theoretical perspectives and research findings in education The conference focuses on Current Trends and Challenges in Education with the following sub-themes:

1. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

2. Diversity, Learning Styles, and Special Needs

3. Partnerships, Collaboration, and Networking

4. Distance Education, Blended Learning, and Technology-Mediated Instruction

5. Dispositions, Values, and Relational Skills

6. Finance, Governance, and Accreditation

7. At-risk Learners, Family Crisis, and School-Based Interventions

8. Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy of Education

Dr. Richard Giardina
Dr. Nerida F. Ellerton

Registration Fee

International Participants:

Early Bird (Before January 15, 2010): $150

On Site: $200

Regional and Local Participants: $100

Students (on daily basis): $50

Call for Papers

Participants who wish to present papers should e-mail a proposal that specifies a sub-theme and submit an abstract of not more than 250 words to the following coordinators.

1. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Coordinator: Dr. Kelle Murphy


2. Diversity, Learning Styles, and Special Needs

Coordinator: Dr. Richard Fee


3. Partnerships. Collaboration, and Networking

Coordinator: Dr. Patrick Leddy


4. Distance Education Blending Learning, and Technology-Mediated Instruction

Coordinator: Dr. Jacqui Cyrus


5. Dispositions, Values, and Relational Skills

Coordinator: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera


6. Finance, Governance, and Accreditation

Coordinator: Dr. James Maryott


7. At-Risk Learners, Family Crisis, and School-Based Interventions

Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Kane


8. Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy of Education

Coordinator: Dr. Sweeter Sachuo


Those who wish to participate in the Workshop on Technology-Enhanced Classrooms and the Round Table Discussion on a Collaborative Agenda for Research in Education should e-mail their proposals to the following chairs:

Workshop Chair: Dr. John Sanchez


Round Table Discussion Chair: Dr. Lou Ferrer


Important: Deadline for the submission of abstract and proposal is November 30, 2009.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 30, 2009

Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: December 10, 2009

Deadline for submission of full papers: January 10, 2010

For details go to


For details you may contact the following chairs:

1. Program: Dr. Stephen Kane


2. Registration: Dr. Don Shuster


3. Accommodation: Dr. Marge Artero


4. Publications: Dr. John Sanchez


5. Invitation: Dr. Velma Sablan


6. Promotions: Dr. Jacqui Cyrus


7. Sponsorship: Dr. Ning Li


8. Secretariat: Dr. Benit Camacho-Dungca


9. Cultural Tour Committee: Dr. Ye-Kyoung Kim


Dr. Lourdes M. Ferrer

Conference Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne

Dean, School of Education

Graduate Credits/CEUs*

You can also earn three (3) ED894 graduate credits/CEUs. You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional Development and Life-Long Learning Center, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217. For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233. You can also e-mail the Instructor, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, at or call 735-2440.

*This course may be funded by the YEC Recertification Scholarship to qualified GDOE educators for certain workshops/sessions that fall under specified key areas. For more information, call 735-2470.