A two-day workshop hosted by REL Pacific. REL Pacific identifies priority needs in the region through comprehensive reviews of education system data, interviews with education agency staff, and ongoing contact with the field and “research alliances” that bring together key stakeholders (such as College of the Marshall Islands, National Training Council, and Public School System) to work collaboratively to address problems and questions of high priority and relevance to Pacific education, including teacher effectiveness, family and community engagement, college and career readiness, and data optimization.
Dr. Phillip Herman, Pacific Director of REL states that “evaluation is a useful tool in improvement. We are here to improve student outcome by addressing the issue in a Marshallese perspective.” The workshop centers on building capacity to engage in culturally responsive evaluation and research in the RMI. Minister Wilbur Heine expressed his confidence in the group on absorbing the materials that will be conveyed during the workshop. Participants of the workshop got an understanding of key concepts and practices in evaluation, identified problems and consider evaluation type, and shared examples of evaluation questions.