DoDEA Invites Guam School Professionals to Conference

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Guam – More than 450 educators attended the 14th Annual Professional Development Institute (PDI) Students, Technology, Research and Standards (STARS) Conference at Guam High School (GHS) in Agana Heights Oct 19.

The conference offered a chance for educational professionals and teachers from local public and private schools, and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Guam District teachers to get together to assimilate ideas to further their profession and constitute new and creative ways to promote a positive learning environment for students.

“The purpose of the PDI STARS was to provide teachers with new ideas to use in the classroom, opportunities and suggestions for discussion of best instructional practices, and innovative approaches to teaching,” said Maria Rubio DoDEA Guam District instructional specialist for continuous school improvement, assessment and program evaluation.

The all day occasion included demonstrations, lectures and hands-on learning seminars to help stimulate healthy, positive and creative thinking. Attendees were able to pick four classes to attend. The classes ranged from visual thinking strategies to using teacher-created video for students’ continuous reference. 

[Professional Development Institute (PDI) Students, Technology, Research and Standards (STARS) Conference facilitator, Sharon Beals teaches conference attendees basic sign language during the conference at Guam High School in Agana Heights Oct. 19. The class taught special education teachers different signs that can be used in the classroom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Corwin Colbert/Released)]

“Because we have some limitations here as far as opportunities, we try to create opportunities so everyone can grow professionally,” said Rowena Stanley, PDI committee member and GHS teacher. “If we can learn new things and take advantage of the resources we have on island, we can create better opportunities for the children.”

Ray Luvmos, an English teacher from Harvest Christian Academy, said the conference was successful and he learned new ways to help him stay focus and efficient as well as keep his students engaged.

“PDI invited four of us to come down and it’s been great,” he said. “One of the math classes called, ‘Hooking it,’ taught by a McCool teacher was great. I learned a lot on how to keep the students attentive and engaged. ‘Pictures are worth a thousand words,’ was another great topic. I love using visuals to teach my class and in this day in age children are more technologically advanced. We got to keep up.”