Pohnpei Teachers Learning Community
In collaboration with Pohnpei Department of Education (PDOE), Science Curriculum experts, PREL staff, and the PDOE Science Specialists have formed a 12-members Pohnpei Teachers Learning Community (PTLC) with teachers who participated in the Developmental Approaches in Science, Health and Technology (DASH) program professional development in 2013–14, as well as with other science teachers. Representative schools include Lukop, ESDM, Saladak , Awak, Nett, Kolonia, Ohmine, Sekere, Sokehs Powe, Palikir, and Pehleng elementary schools.
The purpose of this learning community is to enhance learning about climate education in Grade 1–8 classrooms through professional learning opportunities to build the PTLC members’ capacities as teachers and trainers of other teacers and to improve their skills to implement national and state standards and adapt locally-relevant climate science resources, particularly PCEP and WfL resources.
The PTLC will work to build and increase community-school partnerships. Teachers will integrate hands-on, place-based, project-based learning to enhance classroom learning through working with community climate adaptation partners such as the United Stated Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pohnpei Climate Change Outreach Committee/Local Professional Learning Community members, Island Food, Department of Agriculture, Land-Grant program, and others.
PDOE has approved the meeting of teachers once a week to work in group clusters to develop lesson plans to trial out in their respective classrooms. PREL staff and PDOE science specialists will provide support and assistance as needed.
report by and photo courtesy of Juanita Lawrence