Announcements

March 1, 2017
Pacific Resource for Education and Learning (PREL) today announced the appointment of Paul Hadik to the post of Chief Executive Officer. Hadik, a former member of the Executive Committee of the PREL Board of Directors will assume his new role in March 2017, succeeding Nicole M. Forrester.
Please see the Press Release here

December 11, 2016
The 30th Pacific Education Conference will be held July 17-21, 2017 in Koror, Palau. This biennial event, last held in 2015, brought together over 1,000 participants and featured 110 workshops and seven plenary sessions.
Please see more at PEC2017

July 12, 2016

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Amazon’s second-annual Prime Day is on July 12
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July 6, 2016
PREL launches Pacific-wide storytelling initiative
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning today announced the launch of the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative, an internet platform for place-based stories from all Pacific Islands to be shared with a global audience. This multimedia effort embraces the rich Pacific storytelling heritage and brings it into the internet age.

“This project seeks to find the nexus between oral traditions of our island communities and present-day modalities of communication, especially among youth of the Pacific,” said the project’s Founder and Director Dan Lin, a senior research and policy specialist at PREL. “Storytelling is a very embedded part of Pacific culture and Indigenous cultures generally. We want to encourage the younger generations to take up the mantle of telling stories and to take advantage of greater levels of connectivity and improved technical capacity—which exists even in remote places.”

The Cooperative accepts submissions in all forms from Indigenous Pacific Islanders and residents including written stories, photos, videos, and poetry. An editorial advisory group composed of volunteers from across the region will serve as content curators and submissions will be edited for clarity and length. “As long as someone is willing to tell a story, we’re willing to help them be heard,” Lin stated.

The project originated when Lin, who is a regular contributor to National Geographic and the Associated Press, as well as a crew member on Hokulea’s Worldwide Voyage, saw a need for an accessible and inclusive digital storytelling platform.

“Within the Pacific, Indigenous communities are too used to someone else telling stories on their behalf,” he observed. “It’s time to reclaim the role of tellers of our own stories, which is critical for bridging the gaps between generations.”

Renowned Marshallese poet, activist, and Pacific Storytellers Cooperative collaborator Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner affirmed the Cooperative’s importance in an email statement.

“This project sees the value in the art form, as well as in other mediums such as using film and social media, and I’m excited that we’ve been able to reach youth in the Marshall Islands, Guam and Saipan so far. I’m really looking forward to getting this project to other parts of the Pacific as well,” she said.

The Pacific Storytellers Cooperative is currently supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to PREL. The Cooperative anticipates seeking additional funding sources within the coming year.

The project website is available at storytellers.prel.org.
 
June 15, 2016
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May 24, 2016
Ke Alaka’i: Special Education Leadership Project
Preparing Special Education Teacher Educators

Awarding 6 Grants $132,000 each
The focus of the grant is to develop university faculty who will become teacher educators in Hawai’i and/or the Pacific region.

These scholars will graduate with expertise in evidence-based practices, multicultural special education, and online teacher preparation.
Applications and materials must be submitted by: October 1, 2016

Click here to read a flyer describing the grant and doctoral training opportunity, as well as, application information.
 
May 21, 2016
The inaugural 2016 Outstanding Contribution to Education in the Pacific (OCEP) Award Dinner honored Rev. Francis X. Hezel, SJ.

Over 90 attendees from throughout the Pacific joined this celebration, which was a fundraiser for the Pacific Teacher Scholarship Endowment.
The outstanding Guma Rasan Acho Latte performed an “Ancient Chamoru Dance” before the presentation of the OCEP Award to Father Hezel by PREL Board of Directors Chair Vic Angoco.

PREL extends its warmest thanks to Matson, a Gold Sponsor of the event.
Thank you also to Bronze Sponsors Bank of Guam, Guam Education Facilities Foundation, First Hawaiian Bank, GTA, and Micronesian Brokers.

To view photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here.

April 13, 2016
We are delighted to announce that Rev. Francis X. Hezel, S.J. will be the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Education in the Pacific (OCEP) Award.

The OCEP award was recently created to recognize the extraordinary men and women whose years of dedication to Pacific education have been beyond outstanding. This year, we recognize the decades of innovation and exemplary service across the Pacific by Father Hezel.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Father Hezel has lived and worked in Micronesia since 1963. His service to the Pacific has spanned from a high school teacher to director of the Micronesian Seminar, to producer of over 70 video documentaries. A self-taught historian, he has published eleven books and more than a hundred articles on the region. Students of the Pacific have benefited greatly from Father Hezel’s contributions and through their success, his legacy will continue to grow.

We would be delighted if you would join the celebration of Father Hezel’s inaugural OCEP award, at a dinner honoring him on Wednesday, May 18 at the Outrigger Hotel, Guam. Please see the invitation to attend here.

Please makes any ticket and sponsorship enquiries at communications@prel.org

April 12, 2016
Opportunity for Education Financial Management Adviser position, offered by PACTAM2

Help ensure that all girls and boys in the Republic of the Marshall Islands have access to relevant and quality education by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of systems of support for education.

This role is offered in Republic of Marshall Islands. The partner organisation is Ministry of Education. Assignment duration is 12 months with expected start date being July 2016.

Please apply for this position by clicking Here before the closing date of 17 Apr 2016.

December 13, 2015
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PREL 2015 Annual Report, is now available online.
To read PREL 2015 Annual Report, Click Here.

October 22, 2015
Ulu Kalihi Invitation
 
PREL is proud to partner with Ho`oulu `Aina at Kokua Kalihi Valley and the Bishop Museum to deliver Ulu Kalihi.

September 28, 2015
It is our pleasure to announce the eighth annual 2015-2016 Ethnomathematics and STEM Institute at the UH Manoa College of Education with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Partners include the: University of Hawai‘i System, State of Hawai‘i Department of Education, Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, Pacific American Foundation, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, University Laboratory School, and Polynesian Voyaging Society.

For more details:

See the Video

September 23, 2015
PREL Senior Specialist Daniel Lin was featured in the Huffington Post for his coverage of Typhoon Soudelor’s direct hit of Saipan. Lin states, “The story of Saipan’s recovery, though seemingly tragic, is actually one of resiliency, endurance and humanity at its best.”

Portraits Of Typhoon-Ravaged Saipan Show Resiliency Amidst Ruin

September 18, 2015
The United Nations has issued a press release “Pacific Prepares for Strengthening El Niño”, with warnings of high sea levels in countries near the equator and severe drought in the South Pacific countries over the coming months.

In response to the upcoming El Niño, the Pacific Islands Smaller Island States (SIS) has released a Climate Change Declaration urging COP 21 to limit global temperatures, ensure that those affected are protected, and uphold the polluter pays principle.

September 14, 2015
Islands Society has selected PREL President Nicole Forrester as its Local Female Leader for PREL’s efforts to promote the health and well-being of the next generation of Pacific Islanders through partnerships in education.

To read Islands Society’s interview with Nicole Forrester, Click Here.

August 31, 2015
We are proud to have partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Sciences and the Republic of the Marshall Islands Public School System (RMI PSS) to have hosted a climate education workshop for teachers in Majuro.

RMI PSS will be implementing climate education as part of their mandatory curriculum. Read More

August 27, 2015
PREL will be moving their Honolulu office to a new location in September. The new address is:

1136 Union Mall, PH 1A (9th Floor)
Honolulu, HI 96813

It is walking distance from our current location and next to Fort Street Mall just behind Hawaii Pacific University. Our office phone numbers will remain the same.

August 3, 2015
PREL is launching a Storytellers’ page, which will share the voices of the Pacific. Coming soon!

July 31, 2015
The 29th Pacific Educational Conference (PEC): Our Ocean, Our Islands, Our Children brought together 1017 participants, making it the largest international event to be held in the Marshall Islands. Educators and thought leaders from around the world participated in 110 workshops and 7 plenary sessions to discuss climate change, teaching methods, and innovations in education. PEC also recognized the 2015 Pacific Teachers of the Year (TOY) from American Samoa, Chuuk, Guam, Hawaii, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Pohnpei, and Yap. The 30th PEC will be held in Palau in 2017.

May 19, 2015
President Nicole M Forrester talks about creating and building sustainable communities through partnerships in education.

May 13, 2015
Dr. Art Sussman met with Palau officials to discuss climate change through the PCEP project.
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Pictured from left to right: Vice President Antonio Bells, President Tommy Remengesau, Dr. Art Sussman, and Minister of Education Sinton Soalablai.

April 14, 2015

If you would like to learn more about relief efforts for Typhoon Maysak, please read the articles below:

Kaselehlie Press Article on Rebuilding Effort for FSM after Typhoon Maysak
Kaselehlie Press Articles on United Nations, US Aid, and IOM support of Maysak Relief

April 10, 2015
We are inspired and humbled by the resilience of our brothers and sisters in Chuuk and Yap that were devastated by Typhoon Maysak. We hope that you will join us in our effort to help a community that has lost most of their homes and schools.

GUAM DONATIONS TO CHUUK
The Salvation Army is sending a container, provided by Matson to Chuuk for disaster relief efforts on Friday April 17th.

We are accepting donations to fill the container with items such as water, canned food, bags of rice, noodles, first aid kits, tarps, nylon rope, rolls of plastic, clothing, bedding and hygiene items. Donations for “Chuuk Relief” can be dropped off from 8am-4:30pm at The Salvation Army’s administration building, located in Tiyan, around the corner from the old Gate Theater or the WIC office.

Donations will be accepted until Thursday April 16th by 5pm. Volunteers will be needed to help sort clothing and box various items from 1pm-5pm, Monday April 13th until Thursday April 16th.

Please call Jeff Dizon, EDS Liaison at 671-477-9872 ext. 104 or Captain Mike Lutcher at 671-477-9866 for further inquiries.

HONOLULU DONATIONS TO YAP
Please contact Xavier Fethal (xfethal@hawaii.rr.com or 808-230-9793). They will gladly take whatever you can share.

April 7, 2015
Read PREL Senior Specialist, Daniel Lin’s National Geographic Article on Yap’s environmental stewardship: A Small Island Takes a Big Stand on Plastic

March 15, 2015
Today is World Water Day! PREL is honored to support an event in Yap that highlights the importance of water. This event will take place on March, 22, 2015 at the Colonia Community Center from 9:30AM to 12:30AM.

March 13, 2015
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning Presents: Who We Are

Produced by Director Kelly Noecker

February 17, 2015
PREL is honored to have been selected by Northwestern University Alumni Hawaii as their local charity partner for its annual Dance Marathon fundraising event!

Join us for Dance Marathon — Hawaii Edition!

Saturday, February 28
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Avenue

At one event you will help support the work of two great organizations, Starlight Children’s Foundation in Chicago and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning in Hawaii.

There is a cover charge of $5 if you’re wearing purple, $10 if you aren’t. We will also be raffling off a Northwestern tote bag at this event!

RumFire will validate parking for up to 4 hours.

Invite your friends and family to help support two great organizations!

Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 24th to communications@prel.org so we can get an idea of how many people will be joining us for this fun and worthy event!

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February 5, 2015
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning is now accepting applications for part-time, non-paid internships in the Honolulu office in the fall, spring, and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience at a community-driven education-focused non-profit organization.

Successful candidates will be passionate about education and community development, and have:

High-level research skills;
Outstanding oral communication skills; and
Outstanding writing skills with an eye for detail and accuracy.

Applicants are encouraged to apply between one and three months in advance of their desired start date and must be eligible to work in the United States. Non-US citizens or permanent residents must already be in possession of a valid F1 or J1 visa at the time of their application.

You can apply for the internship program by e-mailing a cover letter, your resume and university/college transcript (if available) to info@prel.com

January 28, 2015
Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard speak about PREL’s dedication to empowering the leaders of tomorrow and to thank PREL CEO Nicole Forrester for her service at the 2nd Annual Northwest and Pacific Convention.
Watch The Video By Clicking On This Link

January 21, 2015
Chuuk Women’s Council (CWC) is looking for donations for the second floor of the CWC SMPoll Memorial Wellness Center: Youth and Family Resource Center.

They are looking for office furniture, media equipment, and household furnishings. For a complete list of their needs, please click here.

If you are able to make a contribution by February 7th, contact: Yvonne Mori’s at the Palolo Learning Center tel: (808) 733-8651 ext. 3.

January 20, 2015
PREL Senior Affiliate Dr. Megan Bang is the winner of the 2015 Bobby Write Award for Early Career Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education from the AERA Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group!

Dr. Bang’s explorations of how indigenous students engage in sophisticated cognitive tasks, such as navigating multiple epistemologies, have become seminal pieces for advancing culturally relevant science education.

January 16, 2015
PREL will purchase and provide video and audio equipment for the CMI Media Club to make movies on water sustainability and climate education!

January 14, 2015
PREL’s first live-streaming event was broadcast from the 2015 Service Learning Summit in Guam. Keynote speakers include eco-literacy specialist, Dr.Ming Wei Koh, who discussed the impacts of learning gardens on their communities.

December 15, 2014
The 2015 PEC will be held on July 27-31 hosted by the College of the Marshall Islands and the Ministry of Education in Majuro, RMI.

November 4, 2014
Nicole M. Forrester has been named PREL’s new CEO. She is excited to work with educators throughout the Pacific.