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Ala (Pathway) for All Learners in American Samoa

The American Samoa Department of Education is partnering with REL Pacific to support and promote a wider and deeper culture of data use across the district and within schools. ASDOE seeks to improve student academic outcomes by developing a stronger culture of data use with central office staff and school leaders, strengthening data-driven decision making with the Teacher Quality Office, and ultimately providing supports for teachers who directly influence student learning.

ASDOE leaders have launched three new initiatives that strengthen their capacity to promote data-driven decision making. The “K–3 Early Literacy Initiative” was launched in 2021 to address the needs of students in English language arts. The Teacher Quality Office is in the process of creating an exit survey to learn about the factors that may affect teacher recruitment and retention. Finally, ASDOE is focused on building a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS). The Ala (Pathway) for All Learners in American Samoa partnership complements these efforts by providing meaningful professional learning opportunities for district-level staff focused on building their capacity for data collection and analysis surrounding teacher retention and attrition, as well as for school leaders focused on using the SLDS system and developing a culture of data-driven decision making at their schools.

Current Projects

The first training and coaching project Enhancing Central Office Ability to Address Teacher RetentionRetention will engage district-level staff from the ASDOE Teacher Quality Office to develop capacity with collecting data on the teacher workforce, to understand factors that may be influencing teacher attrition, particularly new teachers. Over the course of four training sessions, central office staff will learn about how to collect and use data to gain knowledge about the American Samoa teacher workforce, as well as existing research, literature, and frameworks available to develop a process for data collection and analysis. This project began in January 2024.

No completed projects at this time.

Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: April 08, 2024
By expanding the use of relevant data, the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) leaders hope to catalyze education beyond compliance, creating an environment of innovation where educators approach data with curiosity and a growth mindset that...
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: Resource | Publication Date: May 2022
REL Pacific is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. REL Pacific partners with educators and policymakers in American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia...
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REL Pacific has convened a Community of Practice (CoP) for educators from across the Pacific region to discuss shared concerns and problems of practice related to the collection, use, management of, and ethics regarding education data. A central goal for this CoP is to collaboratively explore resources that make the use of data more relevant and impactful for educators in the Pacific region. Additionally, this CoP provides an opportunity for individual members to address unique concerns related to data quality or culture in their jurisdiction.
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This partnership aims to improve student engagement, school connectedness, and academic outcomes in the Republic of the Marshall Islands by developing a culturally relevant and sustaining education framework that is grounded in Marshallese culture, language, context, and ways of knowing.
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This REL Pacific partnership is supporting Guam Department of Education's systematic efforts to increase students' math proficiency. The partnership is providing professional learning to increase educators' use of evidence-based math instructional strategies and is analyzing students' math course-taking patterns to better inform educators' decisions about course recommendations and intervention support services.
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This partnership with the Federated States of Micronesia's (FSM) national and state departments of education seeks to improve student academic outcomes by developing systemwide structures and processes to support the creation and use of evidence-based, culturally sustaining models of instruction in all schools across FSM's four states.
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REL Pacific is partnering with the CNMI Public School System to address its high-leverage need of building a stronger culture of data use at the classroom, school, and systemwide levels, particularly regarding K–3 student literacy instruction and learning outcomes.
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REL Pacific is partnering with the American Samoa Department of Education to reach their goal of developing a stronger culture of data use at all levels of the system, including strengthening data-driven decision making around teacher retention and attrition, and providing supports for teachers who directly influence student learning.
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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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This REL Pacific partnership is supporting a hui (partnership) of schools developing a networked improvement community (NIC) engaging in critical action research around the development and implementation of high-quality ‘āina-based, place-based, and project-based instruction and assessment in Hawai‘i charter schools.

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