Supporting Micronesian Students and Families in Hawaii Schools

A Talk with Mr. Paul Hadik
President and CEO Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)

For 28 years, Paul Hadik has been a teacher of Pacific Island students. In 1993, Mr. Hadik moved to Kosrae, one of the four States of the Federated States of Micronesia, where he worked as a teacher, high school principal and State Director of Education for almost 18 years. In 2011, Mr. Hadik moved to Chuuk where he oversaw Chuuk High School, managed the Chuuk State Accreditation Team, and worked with the Chuuk State Education Reform Team. In March of 2017, he returned to Oahu where he currently serves as the President and CEO of PREL.

PREL's Sample Services and Resources

  • Pacific Child focused Professional Development Courses for 3 PDE3 credits
  • Culturally Responsive Sheltered Instruction - Course for teachers focusing on
  • language acquisition and strategies for teaching Pacific Island students
  • (secondary and elementary)
  • Image to Word-Word to Image - Course focusing on using art, technology and
  • reading to improve writing for Pacific Island students
  • Micronesian Alphabet Series- Shared with all school libraries and available on
  • PREL website
  • Micronesian Readers- Available on PREL website www.prel.org
  • Various Pacific Child resources to assist in teaching Micronesian students
  • PREL translation program- translation of text for students, parents and teachers
  • (e.g. handbooks, rules), and phonetic translations of basic words and phrases
  • for teachers
  • One and three day educator Professional Development Sessions titled
  • “Supporting Micronesian Students In Hawai`i Schools”

Outcomes

  • School Administrators will be introduced to the Compact of Free Association (COFA) which exists between the U.S.A. and the countries of the Marshall Islands, FSM, and Palau, and how this Compact directly impacts education in Hawaiʻi
  • School Administrators will gain a better understanding of the role and systems of education in the COFA nations and how this affects assimilation of students who transfer here
  • School Administrators will receive insights on culture and behavior of COFA students and how these impact learning in the classroom
  • School Administrators will hear tips on successfully involving COFA parents in Hawaiʻi education systems
  • School Administrators will receive a listing of PREL resources and services to assist in supporting Micronesian education

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