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KHS teacher selected for research program

KAGMAN High School teacher Annette Pladevega, who assists students and coordinates the Short-Term Experience for Underrepresented Persons or STEP-UP program, was chosen for the Research Experience for Teachers’ Ecology of Bird Loss Project, a summer program of the National Science Foundation.

Annette PladevegaAnnette Pladevega
The foundation selected only one teacher each from Guam and the CNMI.

“Although I served as a chaperone [for students who were invited to present their research findings], I also had a minor role in the presentation for an [Ecology of Bird Loss] poster, ‘Teachers in the Forest: How hands-on experience translates to the classroom,’ ” Pladevega said as she recounted her participation in the Marianas Terrestrial Conservation Conference at Guam Community College on Nov. 17-18.

“I served as the first CNMI teacher in the Research Experience for Teachers program,” she added.

According to Pladevega, the summer program was designed to enhance the professional development of K-12 science educators through research experience with the goal of bringing new knowledge into the classroom.

The program required the teachers to participate in ecological research for seven weeks. Their task was to collect scientific data and develop lessons for science learning in their classrooms.

During the program, Pladevega participated in field research on Saipan and Rota.

Working with the Ecology of Bird Loss staff, Pladevega said their specific assignment was to examine the effect of bird loss on Guam. They also compared Guam forests, where bird species are now extinct due to the brown treesnake, to forests on Saipan, Tinian and Rota which still have birds.

The foundation has been running the program for years and many qualified teachers have applied.

A successful applicant receives a stipend of $1,000 per week for seven weeks between May and August; $1,000 to implement the curriculum during the school year; and access to $1,000 for curriculum supplies or to cover the cost of field trips during the school year, among other things.