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Education board approves DOE's District Action Plan

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - It has been years in the making and finally, last night the Guam Education Board  voted to approve the Department of Education's five-year District Action Plan.   

DOE superintendent Jon Fernandez said, "It's not perfect but we have a lot of detail to add to it as we go along the way but I do hope that the message the board sends today is that we believe with the adoption of these standards all the work Mr. Sanchez, our administrators, our teachers have put into this for the last two years is going in the right direction."

It's described as the big picture a document with strategies doe will deploy and implement over the next five years that will not only strengthen curriculum but also set benchmarks to evaluate student and teacher performance.  The vote by the board however was not unanimous as GEB chairperson Dr. Jose Cruz expressed concerns that he had never seen the district action curriculum map.  "Why wasn't it presented to the board it looks as if someone is not reading what is expected the standard here there's this big idea and I got this from the schools and the frustration that I have is that it is out there but it looks like the people with oversight aren't sensitive to their own work," he said.

And while Dr. Cruz was miffed that he had never seen the curriculum map, other board members said they did, likewise  deputy superintendent for curriculum and instructional improvement Joe Sanchez defended the curriculum map has been before the board since last year. "This has been brought to the board since December 2013, the document completed in January it was in board report I have a copy f that we had 2 full day retreats when we covered this , the schools have had this for over 8 months," he said.

Ken Chargualaf said, "I have seen those documents I am familiar with it

Dr. Cruz went so far as presenting an amendment to include the district curriculum map into the District Action Plan. The motion failed. Chargualaf said, "Point of information that curriculum map you have in front of you those  will come naturally as we progress throughout the school year the teachers will be using that as your guides. What we are recommending we look at Guam DOE strategic plan and approve as to form because that is itself the whole that really represents the vision of DOE."

The DAP was approved five to two.
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