Division of Instruction & Primary Schools
Who We Are
The Division of Instruction and School Management is mandated to provide education and related services to children in kindergarten to grade 12 of ages 5 to 18, focusing on providing access and improving student performance and learning outcomes at the primary and secondary levels, as well as addressing the needs of special education students. The Division manages and provide support for the 80 primary schools and 6 secondary schools in the public school system.
Besides managing primary and secondary schools, the Division also oversees four supplemental programs: Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education, and Media & Instructional Services.
Primary schools are managed by the Associate Commissioner of the Division through five Assistant Commissioners who oversee schools in these five regional divisions: Western Region, consisting of Lib Island, Mejatto (Rongelap), Ujae, Lae, and Wotto atolls; Central Region: Jabat Island, Ailinglaplap and Namu atolls; Southern Region: Kili Island, Ebon, Namdrik, and Jaluit atolls; Eastern Region: Mili, Arno, and Northern Regionconsisting of Aur, Maloelap, Wotje, Likiep, Ailuk, Utrik atolls and Mejit island. Kwajalein Atoll and Majuro Atoll are considered separate school regions respectively, each holding some of the largestschools in the RMI.
Curriculum & Instruction
The Curriculum, Instructions and Assessment (CIA) unit oversees curriculum development and assessment work and ensure these activities are updated periodically. It works collaboratively with the other divisions and programs within the Public School System to provide teachers with quality support and resources to be effective, well-informed educators. This is done through the provision of appropriate instructional materials and training in curriculum implementation. The unit also provides quarterly assessment in subject areas to inform teachers and gauge student progress.
Special Education Program
The Special Education Program continues to operate under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B. The Act provides funds to the Freely Associated States to provide free and appropriate services to children with disabilities ages 3-21. The grant provides funding in the following areas: teacher salaries, staff development, materials and supplies and other related services. During the FY 2012, the program implement Outcome 9 under the MOE Performance Based Budget Portfolio.
Instructional Services Center
The Instructional Services Center (ISC) was established in 2007. It is a revival of the Curriculum/Learning/Training Center which was an Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title 1 project commencing in the early 1970s.
As part of the Ministry of Education in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, ISC is a US federally funded Supplementary Education Grant project in the Division of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. ISC has been given the responsibility of writing, as well as reviving materials, producing and maintaining educational materials to be utilized by Marshallese children and their teachers. Centering on literacy in Marshallese, a series of readers have been developed for elementary school children in kindergarten through eight grade.
ISC is divided into three services, namely: Publication, Training and the Media Center.
This year, World Teach placed 17 volunteers at __. The volunteers were supported and supervised by their Field Director, Vanessa King. Of the 17 volunteers, ten on Majuro atoll, and seven on outer islands. One volunteers terminated their service early. Seven of the volunteers lived with host families, and ten lived in faculty housing provided by the Ministry of Education.
The volunteers were trained during a three-week Orientation, a three-day Mid-Service Conference, and a one-day End-of Service conference. Field Staff conducted site visits with 16 volunteers. Four volunteers completed the World Teach Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification process. The majority of the volunteers taught English in elementary schools, but some volunteers also taught Science, Math and other subjects. Ten volunteers were placed at the high school level.
Aside from teaching, volunteers engaged in significant exercise, literacy, arts, and music projects. Several volunteers supported the musical, coached sports, and lead a variety of clubs at their schools throughout the school year.
Health and safety remained paramount concerns in the 2018-2019 academic year. Apart from a vigorous emphasis on boat safety, volunteers were also trained by doctors and water safety experts in other health and safety matters. Still, illnesses were common, particularly on the outer islands. One volunteer had to be evacuated to Majuro in order to undergo treatment for chikungunya, while two others received emergency treatment after a door crushed them during a training session. After receiving treatment at the hospital in Majuro, all were able to return to site.
Overall, the WorldTeach Marshall Islands program remains relevant and robust. Potential challenges include scaled down funding, health and safety issues particularly on the outer islands, and difficulty to recruit. Opportunities include partnerships with more local governments and with the College of the Marshall Islands. WorldTeach may also help the Ministry of Education in building the capacity of local teachers.