Pacific Educational Conference Highlights Education Northwest Work


July 12, 2013


28th annual Pacific Educational Conference logo

Education Northwest’s work to improve equity, STEM education, and student writing will be prominently featured July 16–19, 2013, at the 28th annual Pacific Educational Conference—the premiere professional development event for educators in the Western Pacific.

At this year’s gathering in Saipan, Joyce Harris, director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center (EAC) which serves the Pacific region as well as the Northwest, will facilitate a workshop that examines how bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment impact students and teachers. Participants will home in on effective strategies that Pacific region schools can use to stop and prevent these harmful behaviors. Harris will also present a session on “Playtime Is Science,” an outreach program that empowers parents to introduce their children to science at home as a strategy to address the underrepresentation of culturally- and linguistically-diverse students in STEM classes and careers.

Jacqueline Raphael and Carolyn McMahon will facilitate a series of workshops that introduce educators to our research-proven 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment. In addition to teaching participants a powerful framework for communicating with students about the elements of quality writing, Raphael and McMahon will discuss key instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards.

“Education Northwest is pleased to partner with educators in the Pacific to improve outcomes for their students,” says Danette Parsley, Education Northwest’s Chief Program Officer, who will attend the event along with Chief Executive Officer Steve Fleischman. “Our involvement in this conference is just another example of our commitment to the region.”

Education Northwest’s history of providing training and technical assistance to the Pacific region began in 1975 with a contract for the Center for Bilingual Education, a precursor to today’s EAC. One of 10 federally funded centers, the EAC at Education Northwest addresses race, sex, and national origin disparities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop high academic standards. Recent EAC activities in the Pacific include capacity-building training to leadership teams from Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; work on an Office of Civil Rights compliance review of the Hawai’i Department of Education; and workshops on the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model, which helps scaffold instruction for English language learners.

Other work in the region includes a partnership with REL Pacific to provide assistance to the Pacific Alliance for Student Success (PASS). Education Northwest evaluators are conducting a descriptive study of the geographic distribution and academic performance of students from the Freely Associated States (FAS) in Hawai’i public schools. PASS plans to use the study findings to tailor support programs to FAS students and their families in high-need areas.

Education Northwest also serves as the external evaluator of GEAR UP Hawai’i. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.