WASC on island to review GDOE accreditation

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Guam – Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) officials are on Guam as part of a mid-cycle review of the Guam Department of Education district-level accreditation.

According to a release from GDOE, the accreditation team will be conducting visits in the next two days.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said, “WASC will be visiting with our management team and divisions over the next few days to look at the practices, policies, and procedures of our department, and to ensure that the work at our central offices aligns with the overall mission of supporting teaching and learning.”

In April, GDOE submitted a mid-cycle report to WASC outlining district and student data, ongoing district improvements, and significant changes and developments over the past three years.

Fernandez said, “GDOE is a pioneer in this area and is one of the first districts in the nation to receive district-level accreditation from WASC. The district-level accreditation model is something that is being looked at by other school districts throughout the nation.”

Fernandez continues, “District accreditation helps to ensure that the mission of teaching and learning is embedded into district practices and that every employee at the Guam Department of Education knows that our main focus has to be our students. We look forward to sharing our progress with WASC and leveraging this process to continually improve our efforts to support our schools.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.