PACIFIC EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE TO MEET IN HAWAII

News Release

State of Hawaii Department of Education Honolulu, Hawaii June 1, 2007

The Hawaii Department of Education will welcome teachers and school administrators from throughout the Pacific Islands to the 24th Annual Pacific Educational Conference, July 9-12 at the beautifully restored historic facilities of McKinley High School.

The DOE is host, along with co-sponsors Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education.

PEC, the largest educational conference in the region, is expected to attract more than 1,000 educators, primarily from the U.S.-affiliated island education systems served by PREL: American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (including states Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap, and Kosrae), and Hawaii. Participants and speakers also come from the U.S. Mainland and Canada, other Pacific Islands, and Asia.

PEC, a major source of professional development opportunities, is organized by Pacific educators for Pacific educators, who present a majority of the workshops. The 2007 conference theme, "Language Acquisition: Knowledge that Empowers," covers a wide range of language arts. Other workshops address the full education spectrum, from science and math to social studies and the arts, from assessment and accountability to leadership and educational policy, and from special education and early intervention to counseling and classroom management. Sessions will also address the cultural and educational integration of Micronesian students in Hawaii, and the recent "One Ocean, One People" voyage to Micronesia and Japan by the traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe Hokulea.

Speakers will include Dr. Graham Smith, University of Auckland, on indigenous education; Dr. Robin Scarcella, University of California at Irvine, on the needs of English Language Learners; and Hokulea navigator Nainoa Thompson. Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann will deliver welcoming remarks. (See a fuller list at http://www.prel.org/pec2007 ).

PEC’s target audiences include all teachers, school administrators, education policy makers, parents, and business and community members involved with their schools.

The early bird registration fee of $125 has been extended and must be postmarked by May 31. The fee is $150 during June and $175 in July. The student fee is $50. Registration can be completed online at http://www.prel.org/pec2007.

Registration/Information: Web – http://www.prel.org/pec2007.

E-mail – pec2007@hawaii.edu.

Mail – PEC 2007, attn: Gloria Kishi, 475 22nd Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.

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