Wednesday, December 10, 2014

REMINDER: Dec. 13 - Community Book Fair

COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Venue: Agana Shopping Center



Guam IRA - December 2014 IRA Newsletter


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

27th Language Arts Conference - Nov. 14 & 15

27th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference

Literacy, Assessment and Core Curriculum Standards 


Friday, November 14, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Guam

 

Sponsored by:
University of Guam
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Co-Sponsors:
School of Education
International Reading Association, Guam Council

E-mail: uoglac@gmail.com
Welcome to the 27th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) website!  The LAC is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy.
This year's Keynote Speaker:
University of Guam
Dr. Margaruite Smith
Dr. Smith is Director of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Hawaii and Pacific Sales and Service for McGraw-Hill Education. In that capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of teacher training, textbook and online learning sales, as well as Professional Development services for McGraw-Hill School Education educational materials, including SRA, Macmillan, Glencoe and Wright Group products to the Department of Defense Schools and to Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and Hawaii. 
She has degrees from Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Denver in education and in educational administration. She has taught in every grade level 1-12, and has been an elementary administrator. She has teacher certification in reading, English as a Second Language, as well as general studies K-12.

Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood
Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood is a former Superintent for the Guam Department of Education (GDOE).  She served as GDOE's research, planning, and evaluation administrator.  She holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Oregon, a master's degree in education, and a bachelor of arts degree in education.  She has also served as the chair of the committee to develop Guam Department of Education's master plan relative to the increase in military presence.  Dr. Underwood has been a leader in the local Filipino community organizations and an advocate of Guam's quest for self-determination and has served the community as a member of the Guam Memorial Hospital's board of trustees, the Guam Humanities Council, and St. Paul Christian School's board of directors.  She is also the vice chair of the Democratic Party of Guam.

Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year
Penaflorida is a Filipino teacher who won the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year award for his outreach teaching project known as, "Kariton Klasrum" (pushcart classroom).  He received his award from American actress Eva Mendes at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

According to Penaflorida, "Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes, and sizes.  We are one great tapestry...Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need."

If you are interested in presenting or attending, it is important that you return the forms with your check/payment immediately.  We have a limit of 300 participants.  Last year, many were turned away because we reached capacity before the registration deadline.  Don't let this weekend go without signing up.  We look forward to seeing you there!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS DEADLINE:  NOVEMBER 7, 2014
You can also earn two (2) PD894 graduate credits/CEUs.  You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional International Programs, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217.  For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233.  You can also e-mail the Instructor, Lois Taitano Gumataotao, at ltgumataotao@gmail.com.
Contact LAC Committee Chairpersons:
  • Dr. Clarisa Quan:  risaquan@yahoo.com
  • Dr. Catherine Stoicovy:  stoicovy@guam.net
  • Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera:  mnrivera1@yahoo.com
  • Dr. Christopher Garcia:  guamchrisgarcis@gmail.com
  • Dr. Michelle Santos: msantos@uguam.uog.edu

Administrative Coordinators:
  • Kathleen Duenas (Email: kduenas@uguam.uog.edu, Tel: 735-2725)
  • E-mail:  uoglac@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

IRA Meeting - Oct. 11

General Membership Meeting
October 11, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Royal Orchid Guam

Sunday, October 5, 2014

PIBBA Webmaster Conducts Literacy Presentation at C.L. Taitano Elementary School

It is always a pleasure to be able to make a difference in the lives of our students.  Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Webmaster, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, conducted a family literacy presentation at the Raising Readers Workshop held October 4, 2014 at C.L. Taitano Elementary School.  The workshop was meaningful, as parents were actively engaged in the process.  Kudos to the organizers of the workshop!  Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!

PIBBA Webmaster, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, conducted a literacy presentation on October 4, 2014 at C.L. Taitano Elementary School.  Pictured L-R:  Corina Y. Paulino, Principal; Dr. Rivera; and Jacqueline Monteverde.





Monday, August 18, 2014

First IRA meeting to be held Sept. 13

September 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Royal Orchid Guam

GPLS Summer Reading Program a Success!


Kudos to the organizers of this year's GPLS Summer Reading Program!  It was a huge success!  Participating children were awarded on Saturday, July 26, 2014.  Congratulations to all!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Guam IRA Receives Honorable Award in 59th Annual Convention


Congratulations to the GUAM COUNCIL for being recognized as an HONOR COUNCIL of the International Reading Association for its achievements in programs, membership promotion, and community service for eighteen (18) years.

The Guam Council of the International Reading Association (IRA) received the Honor Council award during IRA's 59th Annual Convention held in New Orleans.  GC-IRA is to be commended on making a difference in the literacy development of our island's children of all ages.

GC-IRA helps educators and parents alike discover the wonder and the worlds to be found in books. Guam IRA is a professional organization for individuals who are genuinely concerned with the development of reading programs for children and adults. It is a group of people who work together to improve literacy and reading instruction in Guam and Micronesia. To find out more information about the Guam IRA, visit its website at http://iraguam.blogspot.com.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PIBBA Guam Conducts Story Hour at Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Library

In celebration of CHamoru Month and World Poetry Day, the PIBBA Guam Chapter conducted the Saturday Story Hour at the Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Public Library on March 22, 2014.  The children were treated with cultural stories and poems.  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!

PIBBA Guam officers and members take a pose with Guam Public Library System staff and Saturday Story Hour participants on March 22, 2014.  PIBBA Guam shared cultural stories and poems in celebration of CHamoru Month and World Poetry Day.  Pictured back (standing) L-R:  Lois Taitano Gumataotao, PIBBA member; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Antonia "Toni" Salas, PIBBA Guam Vice President; Beauty Letewasiyal, UOG TESOL candidate; Benita "Benit" Lizama, Ginen I Hila; and Frank Aflague, GPLS Staff/Saturday Story Hour Coordinator.  Pictured in the front are the story hour children and their parents.

PIBBA VP Toni Salas reads her CHamoru tasi story to the children.


PIBBA member Lois Taitano Gumataotao recites her CHamoru poem on fishing that she co-wrote with Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA webmaster.

Beauty Letewasiyal, UOG TESOL candidate and future PIBBA member, shares her food story during the Read Aloud time.

Pictured above is the PIBBA sign that was posted at the entrance of the Hagatna Public Library.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Read Across America Event a Success!

The Read Across America literacy event was memorable for the young children and their families who attended the celebration at the Hagatna Public Library on March 1, 2014.  My youngest son Kinny was captivated by the Dr. Seuss puppet show and the various arts & crafts stations.  He and the other enthusiastic kids also participated in a special parade and feast in celebration of Dr. Seuss' 110th Birthday!  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  Kudos to all!  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!