Guam to host 31st Pacific Educational Conference

Photo shows the 31st Pacific Educational Conference elected Board of Directors during the P.E.C kick-off meeting held on October 29, 2019. From left, Joe Sanchez, vice chairman/vice president; Rosa Salas Palomo, treasurer; Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio, honorary chairman/honorary president; GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez, chairman/president; Dr. Sharleen Santos-Bamba, secretary; and Ike C. Santos, vice chairman/vice president.

Guam will host the 31st Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) in July next year, according to a news release from the Guam Department of Education.

The Pacific Educational Conference is a biennial event that has become the largest convergence of educators in the Pacific. It includes Ministers of Education, Superintendents, Commissioners, Directors, district administrators, school principals, teachers, librarians, professional staff, students and community educational stakeholders.

The conference is scheduled to take place from Monday, July 6, 2020 through Friday, July 10, 2020. It will include participants from across the region.

The week-long conference will provide an opportunity for educators to connect with and learn from colleagues from different areas of the Pacific, and to build on and expand educational expertise. The PEC will allow educators and stakeholders to come together to share their needs, concerns, ideas, strategies and insights from across the region on “Empowering the Pacific Child.”

The theme for the 2020 conference is “Empowering the Pacific Child – Nina’ sinan I Patgon Pasifiku.”

Over the next year, GDOE and PREL will be working with Guam partners to provide content-specific presentations and workshops, connect with PEC sponsors, and recognize outstanding teachers through the “Teacher of the Year” program.

Guam DOE is sponsoring the conference in collaboration with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), the University of Guam, Guam Community College, and Guam’s private non-public educational institutions.

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) is an independent, non-profit organization that is active in all corners of the Pacific, including Hawai’i, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

PREL aims to transform schooling and promote learning communities built on strong social and cultural capital, and does so by collaborating with schools, agencies, and communities.