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Getting to Know Pacific Island Students from the Freely Associated States Infographic Series

Families from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau have traversed the Pacific region for centuries, but over the past several decades, more families have moved from the islands to pursue education, work, and healthcare in the continental United States, Hawai'i, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. These growing populations of Pacific Island students in U.S. schools have prompted a need for a closer look at ways educators can provide culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining education to students who are from or have family connections to the Pacific region.

The goal of this infographic series is to facilitate greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the diversity of cultures and experiences of Pacific Islanders and provide tangible methods for educators to meaningfully engage with Pacific students' communities inside and outside of the classroom.

Acknowledgements

We are grateful for the community members, organizations, and REL Pacific team across the Pacific region and the continental United States who provided input and feedback for the development of the infographics in this series.

Content contributors and reviewers:
  • Ms. Roberta Abaday, instructor, University of Guam (REL Pacific locally based consultant)
  • Ms. Shaila Abdullah, creative director and owner, My House of Design (REL Pacific project team)
  • Ms. Darienne Dey, research associate, REL Pacific at McREL International (REL Pacific project team)
  • Mr. Dominic Fanasog, professional development coordinator, Yap Department of Education (REL Pacific locally based consultant)
  • Dr. Katie Gao, managing researcher, REL Pacific at McREL International (REL Pacific project team)
  • Ms. Marlynn Halbert, administrative officer, Federated States of Micronesia Department of Education (REL Pacific locally based consultant)
  • Ms. Carlnis Jerry, program director, Marshallese Education Initiative
  • Mr. Wilson Kephas, consultant, Kosrae Department of Education (REL Pacific project consultant)
  • Dr. Theresa Koroivulaono, education consultant, emmanED (McREL regional adviser)
  • Ms. Emeliana J. Musrasrik-Carl, director of court administration, Federated States of Micronesia Supreme Court (REL Pacific governing board member)
  • Dr. Emerson Odango, director, Region 18 Comprehensive Center at PREL
  • Ms. Natasha Saelua, researcher, REL Pacific at McREL International (REL Pacific project team)
  • Mr. Chasmon Tarimel, school counselor, Puyallup School District.
  • Ms. Meagan Taylor, managing consultant, REL Pacific at McREL International (REL Pacific project team)
  • Ms. Elsei Tellei, artist, Tiuladokow Artwork (REL Pacific project team)
  • Ms. Magaria Tellei, chief of curriculum and instructional materials development, Palau Ministry of Education (REL Pacific locally based consultant)
  • Ms. Lynette Villagomez, deputy director, Region 18 Comprehensive Center at PREL
  • Ms. Dorsalina William, language arts specialist, Chuuk Department of Education (REL Pacific locally based consultant)
  • Dr. Melly Wilson, director, Region 19 Comprehensive Center at PREL
Contact for more information:
  • Katie Gao, REL Pacific (kgao@mcrel.org)
  • Natasha Saelua, REL Pacific (nsaelua@mcrel.org)