ERIC Number: ED476109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Culturally Responsive Schools for Micronesian Immigrant Students. PREL Briefing Paper.
Heine, Hilda C.
This paper provides background information about the geography, language, culture, and political history of the Micronesian region, noting that Hawaii's public schools are experiencing an increase in the enrollment of children from Micronesia. Micronesia includes the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the three Freely Associated States (FAS), which include the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau; and the Territory of Guam. The Republics of Kiribati and Nauru are also geographically included in Micronesia. Residents of the FAS can enter, reside, and seek employment in the United States without a visa or green card. Many immigrants from the FAS are seeking better educational opportunities, health care, and job opportunities. Educational challenges facing FAS students include limited English language skills, lack of familiarity with school system expectations, and cultural mismatches. Schools and teachers can help alleviate this situation by honoring, understanding, and appreciating diversity, communicating openly with families, seeking translation assistance, and setting high expectations for all students. The paper concludes with answers to 19 questions that teachers frequently ask about educating children from the FAS. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Limited English Speaking, Pacific Islanders, Second Language Learning
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii