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RMI Partnership to Support Foundational Teaching and Learning

Acknowledging a need to strengthen students’ foundational learning opportunities, education leaders in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Ministry of Education (MOE), Public School System (PSS), and College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) have partnered with REL Pacific to develop a culturally relevant and sustaining education framework that is grounded in Marshallese culture, language, context, and ways of knowing. Education leaders believe that students are unable to access the foundational learning they need to support their academic and life goals because of a number of systemic factors that are barriers to student learning. For example, current classroom materials and pedagogical practices reflect Western epistemologies and cultural values that do not necessarily sustain and nourish the rich cultural, historical, and linguistic diversity of teachers and students in the RMI. The purpose of the culturally relevant and sustaining framework developed by the RMI partnership is to provide educators in the RMI with a research-informed model that outlines culturally relevant and sustaining educational practices within the context of the RMI. As a part of these efforts, partnership members are pursuing the long-term goal of developing a systems approach to promoting culturally relevant and sustaining education.

Current Projects

To support the development of a culturally relevant and sustaining Marshallese education framework, core partnership members have requested REL Pacific training and coaching support in collecting and analyzing qualitative data on Marshallese students’ ways of knowing. REL Pacific will also provide coaching support in the collaborative interpretation of qualitative findings. Key learnings will be used by partners to develop a culturally relevant and sustaining Marshallese education framework.

No completed projects at this time.

Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: December 22, 2023
The RMI Ministry of Education, Public School System, and the College of the Marshall Islands have partnered with REL Pacific to develop a culturally relevant and sustaining education framework that is grounded in Marshallese culture, language, context...
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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REL Pacific Logic Model