Students from both public and private school attended the Career Fair at Ebeye Gym. Office of Chief Secretary Ebeye Kwajalein Deputy Chief Secretary Abacca Anjain shares with PSS that this “Career Fair is huge turnout and a very successful one.” Previous career fairs tend to fall during Education Week and are mostly school-based. Although schools invite other schools to attend their school-based career fair, it was the first time all private and public schools were under one roof. Several booths that the students visited were Bank of Marshall Islands, College of the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll Utility Resources (KAJUR), Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority (MIPSA), Marshall Islands Resources and Marine Authority, Marshall Islands Social Security Administration, Ministry of Healthy, Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Telecommunication Authority, National Training Council, and Youth to Youth in Health. Students inquired what careers and vocational trainings are available. The career fair captivated student interests towards their career goals which was one of the many important topics discussed at Kwajalein Atoll Education Summit.
Instead of staying at home watching TV or surfing the web, these students spent their Spring Break playing several outdoor activities which was hosted by Youth to Youth in Health with the help of School Enrichment Program. What a great event which the students clearly enjoyed!
A huge kommol tata to the Youth to Youth in Health and School Enrichment Program for providing extracurricular acitivities for our students during their spring break.
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Towards the end of January, PSS District Supervisor Hebel Luther, PSS Math Curriculum Instructions Specialists Chizuko Matsumoto and Daishiro Taniguchi along with JOCV Junko Tanaka, Tomoko Kamochi, and Toshio Akiyama visited several schools in Arno. The group distributed the new math textbooks and manipulatives to the following schools: Arno, Bikarej, Jap, Lukoj, Matolen, Ulien, Tutu, Tinak, Kilange, Longar, and Ine. Two separate workshops were conducted for two groups. Workshop 1 participants were the teachers in Arno, Bikarej, Japo, Lukoj, Matolen, Ulien and Ine and Workshop 2 participants included teachers from Tutu, Tinak, Kilange, and Longar. In each workshop, teachers learned how to utilize the textbooks and manipulatives, participated in demonstration sample lessons, created lesson plans, and finally shared their lesson plans. Many of the facilitators believe that with more practice and continuous effort, these teachers will be able to master the new textbooks.
Marshall Islands High School:
On March 3rd, MIHS hosted their annual Practicum Orientation at MIR Poolside. 'Exploring future careers in life- the best way for life long survival" is the theme for this year's practicum. Associate Commissioner of Secondary and Career Education Junior Paul shares that he was also a part of the Practicum program and saw it was extremely beneficial. Along with providing work experience, the program supports student educational and career goals. After the opening ceremony, teachers speak with participants about the rules and regulations, expected student behavior, and goals for their students. Last week, 100 of the best students completed their first week of work at their job sites.
Laura High School:
Similar to Marshall Islands High School practicum students, the practicum students of Laura High School completed their first week of work last week. On March 9th, Laura High School hosted a recognition and pinning ceremony for thirty-two students. Their theme is “The Joy of Service Leads to Success.” During this practicum, eighteen students under the Health Academy will be at the Ministry of Health. The objective of the Practicum is to expose students to every department in the hospital and to observe how procedures are being done. The Practicum will guide them on what medical field are they going to pursue after finishing their nursing course. While fourteen of the students will be at Laura School. The Teacher Academy Practicum is designed to give students opportunity to work in the Elementary school classroom setting to complete the course requirement. The main goals for the Teacher Academy practicum is to provide opportunities to observe professional in education, work with teachers and students, and make career decisions, enable students to see practical educational experiences, offer variety of strategies, materials, and equipment for future uses, and to experience learning and teaching activities. The practicum enables students to develop knowledge of work places, create work experience, and demonstrates the importance of human relations.
To build capacity with school principals, the Curriculum, Instructions and Assessment (CIA) department Director and Specialists and Director of Staff Development worked strenuously to host a Professional Learning Community (PLC) designed for school principals. In mid-December, all primary public school principals situated in Majuro along with the principal of Laura High School and Life Skills Academy attended the first Principal’s PLC. PLC is an ongoing process in which a group of educators regularly meet to share expertise, and collaboratively work to improve teaching skills and students’ academic performance. Creating life-long learning leaders and creating a thriving school climate where educators educate and learners acquire knowledge are two of the overall goals for the Principal’s PLC. This PLC discussed the leadership roles, why their roles as principals is significant, school management, and school records. During this PLC, Sandy Konelios the Director of Staff Development shared a discussion around school management by looking at “What’s in Your Day.” Afterwards they discussed the importance of maintaining updated school records.