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, August 30, 2011

Fellowship with former Guam Governor Joseph F. Ada; PIBBA International President Shelten Neth; Mark Mendiola, UOG Endowment Foundation Executive Director; President & CEO Lee of RadioCom/Consulting Engineer for FSM Broadcasting Association and Public Broadcasting Corporation; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA International Webmaster.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jumpstart's Read for the Record

On October 6, 2011, more than 2 million people will read Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, in an effort to call an end to America's early education achievement gap. On this day, you are encouraged to read and set a record in the process! Let's sit down to read and stand up for children everywhere!

Visit the following link to get more information regarding the Jumpstart's Read for the Record:

You can also read Llama Llama Red Pajama online this year at the following link:


Image source: We Give Books

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ten things every new teacher should know

Readers give advice on classroom management, teaching profession

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor
Read more by Meris Stansbury

“I wish I had been told that classroom management was more important than teaching skills," said one reader.

Perhaps you’ve had this thought before: “If I knew then what I know now…”

You know the material. You know there will be some “problem” students—but what else do you need to know before you take that first step in the classroom?

In today’s often volatile teaching environment, and with expectations heightened, it’s critical to be prepared. In a recent Question of the Week, we asked readers: “What’s the one thing you wish your education professors had told you about teaching or classroom management?”

From school of education experts to veteran teachers with decades of experience under their belts, eSchool News readers weighed in by the dozens with their best or most useful advice for beginning teachers. Based on these suggestions, here are our readers’ top 10 pieces of wisdom for those considering teaching (edited for brevity).

What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have any advice of your own to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

10. Make sure your professors have experience with current instructional practices.

“It would be very difficult to answer this question having taught almost 27 years, but I do know what my student teachers come without. Most … come without current knowledge. I have a student teacher starting this fall with no knowledge of reading and writing workshop, standards-based grading, current authors, etc. Most of my student teachers have method course instructors who are not regularly in the classroom. It is vital that college professors are either experienced classroom teachers … or currently in a classroom on a regular basis.” —Sherril Studley, high school English/Career Forward teacher

Monday, August 22, 2011

Guam Council IRA 2011-2012 Meetings

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Top of the Mar, Nimitz Hill

September 10, 2011
Sharing the Power of Literacy
Location: Top of the Mar, Nimitz Hill

October 15, 2011
Intriguing Author - Marc Tyler Nobleman
Location: Top of the Mar, Nimitz Hill

November 5, 2011
Never too Late to Rejuvenate at UOG's Language Arts Conference
(Location: Guam Marriott Resort and Spa)

December 10, 2011
Communities Gather Together to Promote Reading
(Location: Agana Shopping Center)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

PEC Guam Delegation Performs for Community at ASC

The Guam PEC Delegation culminated their experience with the Tuleti dance presentation and table displays for the general public on August 21, 2011 at the Agana Shopping Center. Way to go team! Hopefully, we will continue our experience during PEC 2013 in Saipan, CNMI! Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!

Agar Produces PEC Guam Delegation Specials: Video and Album

Our IT guru, Eric Agar, produced the following PEC Guam Delegation specials. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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Monday, August 15, 2011

GCC held its fall Convocation at the Hyatt Hotel. It was a meaningful gathering with countless highlights that GCC has done to make a difference in its students and the community as a whole. Dr. Mary Okada spoke about the various accomplishments GCC has much to be proud of, along with the unavoidable budget realities. Dr. Ray Somera spoke about the importance of accreditation and mentioned various acronyms associated with its empowerment. He emphasized the S-U-N, leaving us to reflect on the following: "S" for the standards of good practice; "U" for the unwavering commitment, and "N" for the next steps we must take to complete our mission. Enjoy the snapshots below taken during the event!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

After presenting and participating in the PEC 2011 sessions, we not only had the opportunity to visit my Rosario Familia, but we also were able to gather together with my Neth Familia, who hosted a special dinner when we arrived in Pohnpei. Enjoy the following snapshots!