Islands Society Solicits K-5 Lesson Plans on History, Culture, Society, and Climate Change in Pacific Islands – 09/14/15

Honolulu, Hawaii — September 14, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society is soliciting high-quality lesson plans from educators across the Pacific Islands. Specifically, the Islands Society is seeking lesson plans for K-5 students about the following topics: 1) history; 2) culture; 3) society; 4) climate change. All submissions will be considered for distribution under the Pacific Islands in the Classroom program.

“Pacific Islands in the Classroom provides an invaluable platform for the unique histories, cultures and experiences of the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders to be shared with K-5 students around the world,” says Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “We are therefore calling on educators from across the region to submit their lesson plans on history, culture, society, and climate change that are taught through the contextual lens of Pacific Islands and/or Pacific Islanders.”

Any enquiries to participate or learn more about the ‘Pacific Islands in the Classroom’ program should please be directed to Ms. Charity Porotesano at charity@islandssociety.org.

About Pacific Islands in the Classroom

Pacific Islands in the Classroom is the first regional program under Islands in the Classroom. It aims to develop and distribute high-quality lesson plans that promote awareness about Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders while simultaneously strengthening competencies in core areas, including math and reading. It also seeks to increase knowledge-sharing and relationship-building among K-12 educators in Pacific island communities through the use of social media and social networking technologies.

More Information: Official Website

Vision, Mission and Objectives of Pacific Islands in the Classroom Approved – 09/14/15

Honolulu, Hawaii — September 14, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society formally approved the vision, mission and objectives of Pacific Islands in the Classroom. This marks an important milestone, as it is the first step in the development of a Three-Year Strategic Plan for the regional educational program.

As communicated by the President to the Board of Directors at the Islands Society, the vision is, “The Pacific Islands in the Classroom will inspire and empower K-12 students to become ambassadors, advocates, and change-agents for island communities.” Meanwhile, the mission is, “The Pacific Islands in the Classroom will provide K-12 students with the knowledge and skills required to understand and take action on the most important issues facing island communities.” Finally, the objectives are set forth as: 1) To educate K-12 students on the history, geography, and culture of Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders; 2) To expose K-12 students to the most pressing social issues facing Pacific Islanders around the world; 3) To empower K-12 students to be thought leaders in global discussions on the most pressing social issues facing Pacific Islander communities.

About Pacific Islands in the Classroom

Pacific Islands in the Classroom is the first regional program under Islands in the Classroom. It aims to develop and distribute high-quality lesson plans that promote awareness about Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders while simultaneously strengthening competencies in core areas, including math and reading. It also seeks to increase knowledge-sharing and relationship-building among K-12 educators in Pacific island communities through the use of social media and social networking technologies.

More Information: Official Website

Managing Director Appointed for Pacific Islands in the Classroom – 09/14/15

Pago Pago, American Samoa — September 12, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society announced that Charity Porotesano has been appointed the Managing Director of Pacific Islands in the Classroom.

“We are very excited to have Charity leading our latest educational initiative for Pacific Islanders,” says Eddie Walsh, President of the Islands Society. “Having served as an elementary school teacher in American Samoa, Charity understands what educators need to inspire K-5 students to realize their full potential.”

Pacific Islands in the Classroom aims to help K-5 educators incorporate lesson plans that create awareness about the Pacific Islands while simultaneously strengthening their students’ competencies in core areas, including math and reading. To do so, the program seeks to increase the use of open source technologies in classrooms throughout the Pacific Islands region.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects centre on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.

About the Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc)

The Pacific Islands Society is a constituent society of the Islands Society. Its mission is to respect, inspire, and empower Pacific Islanders around the world, especially women and the next generation of leaders. PacSoc is the oldest and most active of the Islands Society’s constituent societies. It currently runs a number of high-profile programs, including NexGen Pacific Artists, Pacific Security Scholars, and Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament. The society also has almost 4,000 followers on Facebook.

Pacific Islands in the Classroom to Develop and Distribute K-12 Lesson Plans About Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders – 09/14/15

Honolulu, Hawaii — September 14, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society announced the launch of Pacific Islands in the Classroom. It is the first regional program under the larger Islands in the Classroom project.

Pacific Islands in the Classroom aims to develop and distribute high-quality lesson plans that promote awareness about Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders while simultaneously strengthening competencies in core areas, including math and reading. It also seeks to increase knowledge-sharing and relationship-building among K-12 educators in Pacific island communities through the use of social media and social networking technologies.

“We are very excited to launch Pacific Islands in the Classroom,” says Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “Given that a significant amount of knowledge about the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders is primarily shared within families or through oral traditions, the development and distribution of these lesson plans will provide K-12 educators with a platform to connect their students with the unique histories, cultures and habitats of the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders with their students.”

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects centre on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.

Islands Society Launches Islands in the Classroom Project – 09/13/15

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — September 14, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society announced the launch of Islands in the Classroom. The new community project is specifically designed to help K-12 students learn about islands and islanders around the world.

“Islands in the Classroom aims to develop and distribute high-quality lesson plans that promote awareness about island communities while simultaneously strengthening competencies in core areas, including math and reading,” says Eddie Walsh, President of the Islands Society. “To achieve this objective, Islands in the Classroom seeks to increase knowledge-sharing among K-12 educators in island communities through the use of social media and social networking technologies.”

“For the first year, Islands in the Classroom will focus on the Pacific Islands region,” adds Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “We will start by inviting educators from across the region to submit lesson plans that align with specific subjects identified by our staff. We then will distribute the curated lesson plans to educators across the region. In the process, we will develop a specialized social network for K-12 educators from Pacific Island communities.”

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects centre on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.