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Palau Partnership to Support Teacher Effectiveness

Palau education leaders understand that support for teachers’ professional learning, development, and evaluation needs to be part of an integrated strategy that promotes the use of effective instructional practices in the classroom. As part of their continued focus on planning a comprehensive teacher development strategy, leaders from the Palau Ministry of Education, Palau Community College, and a consortium of private schools are working with REL Pacific to enact a systems approach to 1) developing and evaluating teacher effectiveness, 2) promoting practices that increase educator retention, and 3) helping improve student outcomes. Together, the partnership envisions a teacher effectiveness system that distinguishes between expert and novice teachers and provides meaningful data to inform the preparation and development of teachers at all stages of their careers.

The core partnership members will provide expertise on education research, ministry- and school-level policy and practice, and Palau’s unique context, all of which will contribute to designing and supporting a strategic system to effectively attract, prepare, develop, support, and retain high-quality teachers in Palau.

Partner Organization(s): Palau Ministry of Education, Palau Community College, Belau Modekngei High School, Emmaus Bethania High School, Maris Stella Elementary School, Mindszenty High School, Palau Mission Academy, and Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School.

Current Projects

Building on the SY2022/23 project that supported school leaders’ in identifying meaningful indicators of effective teaching, this project is grounded in continuous improvement processes, particularly, the “study” and “act” phases of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle. School teams will research their own school’s methods and processes for supporting literacy instruction as it relates to their school improvement plans. REL Pacific will facilitate four coaching sessions with school teams between July 2023 and April 2024.

This applied research project directly supports the Palau Partnership to Support Teacher Effectiveness and the Palau MOE goal to attract, develop, and retain a qualified and effective teacher workforce. In the short term, these analyses will allow the Palau MOE to better anticipate future teacher recruitment needs by using the results to anticipate upcoming teacher workforce changes related to the mandatory retirement age and the associate degree requirement. In the medium to long term, these findings can be used to better understand the reasons teachers exit the profession, which can inform efforts to design supports for teachers considering leaving and can inform future data collection efforts to further refine the plan for improved teacher recruitment and retention. The study is expected to be published in summer 2024.

Completed Projects

REL Pacific worked with private school leaders in Palau to create systems to develop, coach, and retain effective teachers. Private schools serve a large portion of the overall Palauan student population, so through training and coaching, REL Pacific supported private school leaders to identify meaningful indicators of effective teaching, collect data to measure each indicator, and use the data for decision-making and continuous improvement. The project goal was to help the schools develop structures that support the development and retention of a qualified, effective educator workforce well-positioned to improve student learning outcomes. REL Pacific facilitated four training and coaching sessions between August 2022 and April 2023.
Event Type: Webinar | Event Date: March 12, 2024
Date: March 12 (March 13 in Palau, Guam, CNMI, FSM, Marshall Islands) Time: 12 p.m. HST (7 a.m. Palau, 4 p.m. MT, 6 p.m. ET) Duration: 1 hour Description: This two-part webinar series introduced practitioner-friendly tools for collecting and acting on...
Event Type: Webinar | Event Date: February 13, 2024
Date: February 13 (Feb 14 in Palau, Guam, CNMI, FSM, Marshall Islands) Time: 12 p.m. HST (7 a.m. Palau, 3 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. ET) Duration: 1 hour Description: This two-part webinar series introduced practitioner-friendly tools for collecting and acting on...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: April 21, 2023
REL Pacific partnerships are structured to support evidence-based and equitable decision making for education change in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific region. This structure, illustrated as a pandanus tree, honors the priorities of education entities in...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: March 01, 2023
Many school systems across the United States and the Pacific Region experience challenges in recruiting and retaining a sufficient number of qualified educators to provide all students with high-quality instruction.
Product Type: Infographic | Publication Date: November 2022
This infographic provides examples of promising approaches and strategies drawn from studies across the United States for increasing K-12 teacher retention. Developed to support a REL Pacific partnership project in the Republic of Palau, this infographic...
Product Type: Resource | Publication Date: May 2022
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REL Pacific is partnering with the Palau Ministry of Education, Palau Community College, and local private schools to expand school leaders’ knowledge of effective teaching and strategies for supporting teacher recruitment and retention.
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