PCEP Update: March 2015
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Hello PCEP partners! 2015 is in full swing and the past couple months have been a productive time for PCEP. We’re excited to share these updates with you!

If you’d like to send us your feedback or just say hello, send a message to Corrin (barrosc@prel.org) and Ming Wei (kohmw@prel.org).


2015 Service Learning Summit at the University of Guam

PCEP offers keynote at 2015 Guam Service Learning Summit

On January 15th, Ming Wei Koh (PREL Hawaiʻi) gave the keynote address for the Guam Department of Education 2015 Service Learning Summit held at the University of Guam. Her talk focused on the summit’s theme of “Strengthening Service Learning through Mentoring,” as well as notions of service learning connected to place, stewardship and community well-being in times of a changing climate.

See Ming Wei’s talk here or on PREL’s website: http://prel.org/videos/

Palau SCAC

New Palau science curriculum framework coming in May 2015

By next school year, educators in Palau may be unveiling a new science curriculum for all students in grades 1 through high school. PCEP and the Palau Ministry of Education (MOE) are working to replace Palau’s current grade 1-12 science curriculum framework, creating a policy that is more conducive to high quality science education.

Since October 2014, Art Sussman (PCEP Co-PI) and Destin Penland (PREL Palau) have been working with the Palau MOE’s Science Curriculum Advisory Committee (SCAC). The group meets virtually and face-to-face to redraft the science curriculum framework with a new emphasis on science concepts rather than science vocabulary, local contexts rather than continental USA contexts, climate change science, and impacts of climate change on Palau ecosystems and human systems, including adaptation strategies. The new Framework will be finalized in May 2015 and formally adopted shortly thereafter.

Mesulang (thank you) to the Palau SCAC for their dedication to this new vision of science education!

Voyaging for STEM in American Samoa

Voyaging for STEM in American Sāmoa

In February, Daniel Lin (PREL Hawaiʻi) and Linda Furuto (University of Hawaiʻi) joined American Sāmoa’s newly formed local professional learning community (LPLC) to explore the connection between traditional navigation and STEM education.

The LPLC – a group of science educators, ASDOE staff, and community partners – inspired by Hōkūleʻa’s Worldwide Voyage, is on a mission to provide teachers in American Sāmoa with the tools needed to deliver project-based STEM lessons that are grounded in ASDOE College & Career Ready Standards and focused on locally-relevant topics.

This February face-to-face meeting part of a series of workshops leading up to the development of STEM resources and units focusing on climate change, ethnomathematics, and ethnoscience. By June 2015, the LPLC will be ready to provide classroom educators with (a) holistic lesson units and (b) connections to community organizations that can support student service learning projects.

New resources on web portal

We are always adding to the PCEP web portal @ http://pcep.prel.org. Go check out the new resource we added this month!

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