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Project Menhalom

Contact Information
James M. Petitte, Project Director
Guam Public School System
P.O. Box DE
Hagatna, GU  96932
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $2,999,900 for a four-year project

Program Description
Project Menhalom is a partnership of the Guam Public School System; University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service; and the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Menhalom is an indigenous Chamorro word that means “of good character, wise and principled.”
Guam will facilitate community partnerships for effecting systemic change in policy and practice to ensure all middle schools have a support system to positively impact student academic achievement and social behaviors. Project personnel will select character education curricula and provide ongoing training and monitoring. The project will serve 6,767 students in grades 6-8 and 489 teachers and staff in seven middle schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To increase the academic achievement and positive behaviors of all middle school students
  • To build consensus with stakeholders on implementation of character education
  • To implement a district-wide character education curriculum in the middle schools
  • To implement the School-Wide Information System (SWIS) to support character education
  • To implement PBIS as a systemic framework for change

Evaluation Design
Guam will conduct a quasi-experimental research study and will collect data through the School-Wide Information System (SWIS), questionnaires, focus groups and surveys of students, teachers and parents.


 
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Last Modified: 11/08/2011