Marshall Islands Research Alliance

The Marshall Islands Research Alliance includes membership from the Ministry of Education, College of the Marshall Islands, Assumption School, Majuro Cooperative School, and the Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office. The alliance aims to increase collaboration and connectedness across the education sector, and focuses on optimizing data systems and strengthening teacher effectiveness and preparation. This includes increasing teacher preparation in specific domains (e.g., classroom management and differentiated instruction), building connections between the college teacher education program and in-service teachers, and monitoring teachers’ continued use of knowledge and skills gained through professional development workshops. Optimizing data systems is a key priority for alliance members as well, particularly in terms of addressing the need for a more streamlined and centralized data system.

Impacting Teacher Effectiveness Through Human Resource Alignment
REL Pacific staff facilitated a face-to-face structured planning meeting in the RMI around a recorded REL Pacific webinar, Impacting Teacher Effectiveness Through Human Resource Alignment. As a result of the meeting, participants identified the need to identify a teacher competency model and provide specialized traning and preparation (for example, for teaching Special Education or ELL students). In addition to general adjustments to the induction and orientation process, some teachers may also need orientation to the context and culture of the RMI. Additionally, participants are considering revisiting principals’ job descriptions and vice principals’ roles. Although the first phase of this work is complete, REL Pacific will continue to provide support to the RMI as they consider a teacher competency model.

Check back soon for more information on upcoming work in the RMI.

Member organizations:

  • College of the Marshall Islands
  • Majuro Cooperative School
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands, Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Education

The alliance leads for the Marshall Islands Research Alliance are Ben Cronkright and Nitara Dandapani.

Watch a video on projects from the Marshall Islands Research Alliance: