March 21, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Venue: Liguan Elementary School

February Newsletter

Read-A-Thon Kick-Off Snapshots

January Meeting Snapshots

IRA Community Book Fair Snapshots

Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -

On November 18, 2017, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its 17th Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Micronesian Resource Center; Philippine School; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.

Guam IRA Donation to organizations on November 18, 2017: Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA Webmaster and Immediate Past President; Rufina Mendiola, Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) member; Aileen Namelo, Micronesia Resource Center Project Manager; Rose Cruz Castro, Guam IRA President; Liwanag Dominguez, Philippine school representative; and Geri Charfauros, Guam IRA Treasurer.

IRA Guam Anthology


Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Vivian Wolff at the Grants table.


Click on the following links to access important grant information and the IRA grant application, which are now Word-ready! Just download them, and you are ready to type!

Application Deadlines: April & October meetings, 11:00 a.m.

IRA Grant Application for SY2019-2020

September 7
October 5
November 15 & 16 - Language Arts Conference
December 14
January 11
February 8 - RAT Kick-Off
March 21
April 18 - Spend It All, Spend It Now
May 2

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year from Around the Pacific!

Happy New Year from around the Pacific! May the year 2011 bring you many blessings filled with much love, joy, peace, and happiness!

Filis Añu Nuebo! – Chamorro
Feliz Año Nuevo! – Spanish
Engan ke ya sasu! - Kosraean
Gung Hay Fat Choy – Chinese
Ungil Beches Er Rak! – Palauan
Selsalan Ebéach e duw! – Yapese
Peren En Parakapw! – Pohnpeian
Hauoli Makahiki Hou – Hawaiian
Pwapwan Ei Ier Mi Fo – Chuukese
Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo! – Korean
Maligayang Bagong Taon – Tagalog
Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan! – Vietnamese
Jeramman ilo iio in ekaal! – Marshallese
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu – Japanese
Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layúi Luugh me raagh féé! – Carolinian

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas from Around the Pacific

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Guam IRA Community Book Fair A Success

The annual Guam IRA Community Book Fair held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Agana Shopping Center was a success filled with a meaningful literacy environment for families and friends. There were exciting performances and appearances, array of paperback and hardcover books, young adult literature, face painting/book reading by the Assocation for Childhood Education International (ACEI), PreSchool GATE arts and crafts, software, novelties, Read-A-Thon 2011: Read to Succeed items, and prizes! Thank you for joining us in our celebration of promoting literacy! Enjoy the following snapshots taken at the community book fair.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thank you for all that you do to make a difference! Enjoy the holiday, and remain blessed. :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day!

To all of those who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, so that we may have the freedom that we enjoy, we salute you! *HAND SALUTE* God Bless you all, and God Bless the USA! HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

23rd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference Snapshots

The annual Language Arts Conference focused on the theme, "Scaffolding Reading and Writing Instruction for Pacific Island Students" on November 5 and 6, 2010 at the University of Guam and Guam Marriott Resort and Spa. Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the conference.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

SOE Conference Participation

IRA Board members were present during the SOE Conference held October 22 and 23, 2010. They encouraged fellow educators to join IRA.

Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Sandy Liberty, Melissa Lujan, and Grace Griffin.

November 2010 Newsletter

Click here to view the November 2010 Newsletter.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Poetry4Kids with Kenn Nesbitt

Come to the Barrigada Branch Library on Thursday afternoon, October 21, from 3:30 -4:30 to enjoy the humorous poetry of Kenn Nesbitt, visiting author from Spokane, Washington.

Nesbitt is the creator of the website, and the author of several books of poetry including The Tighty Whitey Spider, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, When the Teacher Isn't Looking, and other titles.

This event is sponsored by the Guam Council International Reading Association and the Guam Public Library System. Call Cyndy at 789-1996 for more details.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

IRA Donation to 23rd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference

The IRA Guam Council donated $1,500 to the 23rd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference. Pictured above L-R: Margaret Asuncion, IRA Guam Council President; Troy McVey, Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and LAC Co-Chair; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, LAC Co-Chair, and Neldie Pendon-Limtiaco, IRA Guam Council President-Elect. Not pictured are LAC Co-Chairs Dr. Clarisa Quan; Dr. Catherine Stoicovy; Dr. Beth Somera; Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne, SOE Dean; and Debbie Respicio, LAC Administrative Coordinator.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Astronomy Team Presentation on October 2 - Almost Everything You Need To Know About The Sun!

The Guam Girl Scouts' Astronomy Team is inviting you to a special presentation on "Almost Everything You Need To Know About The Sun!" All high school girls are invited to join the astronomy team on Saturday, October 2, 2010, 12:00 noon 2:00 p.m. in the UOG Science Building, 1st Floor(look for the sign).

You will learn about the sun through FUN hands-on activities and in easy-to understand language. This is a FREE activity! You do not need to be a registered Girl Scout to attend. Call 646-5652 for more information.

Friday, September 17, 2010

23rd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference


Friday-Saturday, November 5 - 6, 2010
Guam Marriott Resort and Spa

Sponsored by:
University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
School of Education
International Reading Association, Guam Council

Download Presentation Form

Download Registration Form
You can also earn 2 graduate credits/CEUs for the conference. For more information, contact the Professional International Programs (PIP) at 735-2601. You may also e-mail the instructor, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera at

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Language Arts Conference!
For more information, e-mail:

Visit the LAC website at

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let Us Remember: 9/11

On September 11, we paid tribute to those who suffered from the 9/11 attacks on America. We will always remember those who lost their lives, those who sacrificed to help in any way they could, and the day that brought everyone from all walks of life, rich or poor, together as ONE! God Bless the families and friends of those we have lost, and the brave men and women who continue to fight for our freedom!

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Mamay Wins IRA Grand Prize

IRA member Gregory "Greg" Mamay won the grand prize of a Continental Airlines round trip ticket to Asia. Congratulations Greg! You could be the next winner in IRA's October general membership meeting. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Guam Council IRA September Newsletter Released

Click here to view the Guam Council IRA September 2010 Newsletter. Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing all of you at our first general membership meeting on Saturday, September 11, 2010, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

IGP 2010 Poetry Slam

IGP 2010 Poetry Slam Theme

“Why Should I Care about___?”
Topics to include my education, my family, volunteering, and doing the right thing.

Poetry submissions via fax are due on or before August 25th. Email submissions are due before August 27th.

Top Finalists can read their entries at the IGP Back to School Carnival event on August 28th, 2010. Participants must be between 7-20 years of age.

Poems must contain 150 words or less, and only appropriate language.

Fax submissions to 473-3004 or email them to Attn to IGP Contest. For more information, call the IGP Center at 637-3011 or 688-4752.

Friday, August 13, 2010

First PREL Newsletter Released

The first edition of the PREL NEWSLETTER is now available via PDF by clicking here or visiting The PREL NEWSLETTER is a quarterly publication of PREL in collaboration with the Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific and the Pacific Comprehensive Center. The newsletter focuses on activities of the different programs of PREL in the Pacific region, provides information about upcoming conferences, events, professional development opportunities, and more. In particular, this issue includes topics of the Summer Reading Camp in Palau, the Project MACIMISE inaugural institute in Saipan, Pacific CHILD summer annual institute in Hawai’i, and PCC highlights and updates! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday Story Hour with Bob the Builder

PBS Guam and the Guam Public Library invite you to a special Story Hour with Bob the Builder on Saturday, July 31, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library in Hagatna.

Enjoy story hour, arts & crafts, face painting, and more! The first 100 kids will receive a free special gift. For more information, contact Leigh Pereda, PBS Guam at 734-5483 or or call the library at 475-4752.

Friday, July 9, 2010

In Loving Memory of Herman Pablo, Sr.

The IRA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Herman Pablo, Sr. from Santa Rita. Pablo, an IRA friend and father of IRA Board Member Evelyn Topasna and Geraldine Lujan, was called to his eternal rest. He will always be remembered. May he rest in peace.

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera Represents IRA at the 29th Annual International PIBBA Conference

Pictured above Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera (left) and Kos Reuney.

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, IRA Webmaster, represented the Guam IRA and ESL Program at the 29th Annual International PIBBA Conference June 22-25, 2010 in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Dr. Rivera and fellow ESL Coordinator, Kos Reuney, presented the following workshops:

* Going Green with IRA to Impact Culture in the Pacific
Learn how the Guam International Reading Association engaged in a “Going Green” campaign to reach out to its members in a more environmentally friendly manner. In doing this, IRA moved forward in “Going Digital!” This saved postage, energy, and natural resources. Ultimately, this impacts culture in the Pacific, as are able to conserve trees, water, and the natural environment that are important to our culture. It is important that we preserve what we can, because a culture without its natural resources will eventually die out.

*Using Digital Storytelling to Save Our Language and Culture
Digital storytelling offers a powerful medium to convey stories. Learn how you can use digital storytelling to build schema, increase reading comprehension, and most of all, save our language and culture.

*Using Coconut Weaving in Guam Classrooms to Improve the Language Arts and Mathematics Skills of Local Students
Guam has a rich heritage and tradition in folk arts, such as the art of coconut-leaf and pandanus-leaf weaving. For thousands of years Chamorros have used abundant foliage to produce useful and unique items. Although the artistry of weaving is not used abundantly like before, attempts to revive the art is currently being done by the Gef Pago Cultural Center and other local artists. Explore examples of integrating language arts and mathematics skills in the art of weaving from Guam, including utilitarian items, such as hats, headbands, fans, mats, bracelets, and baskets, as well as decorative items, such as roses, grasshoppers, whips, and fish.

The following describes additional information regarding the conference.

Pictured above: PIBBA participants from Guam and Pohnpei are ready to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Annual International PIBBA Conference at the RMI International Conference Center on June 22, 2010. Pictured front row L-R: Shelten G. Neth, Frances Sablan, Julia Shore, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, and Jacqueline Hazen. Back row: Nelsin Iriarte, Koshy Reuney, Dr. Arlene S. Diaz, and Marie Salas.

Pictured above: PIBBA recipients for the Teacher of the Year and Pioneer of the Year were awarded on June 24, 2010.

Pictured above: PIBBA participants show off the coconut-weaving artifacts they made, as part of the presentation titled, Using Coconut Weaving in Guam Classrooms to Improve the Language Arts and Mathematics Skills of Local Students presented by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Kos Reuney, ESL Coordinators from the Guam Department of Education.

Pictured above: PIBBA presenters prepare themselves for their scheduled presentations. Pictured L-R: Dr. Greg Tainatongo, Kos Reuney, Dr. Sharon Nelson-Barber, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, and Julia Shore.

Pictured above: The Majuro Atoll Local Government Choir perform during the PIBBA Conference Opening Ceremony held June 22, 2010 at the RMI International Convention Center.

Pictured above: Marshall Islands Choir and Special Education Students perform during the PIBBA Conference Opening Ceremony held June 22, 2010 at the RMI International Convention Center.

Pictured above: Pohnpei presenters pose during their Values Behind Proverbs workshop. Pictured L-R: Maria Donre, Nelsin Iriarte, and Rickson Higgins.

Pictured above: Jaqueline Hazen from the Island Research and Education Initiative (IREI) introduced several sets of bilingual books developed in collaboration with local educators and linguists in the four states of FSM. Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Nelsin Iriarte, Hazen, and Kos Reuney.

The 29th Annual International Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference was filled with cultural excitement that has left a lasting impression for all participants from across the Pacific region! The conference theme, “Reviving the Languages and Cultures of the Pacific – Kubwij Buni Eo” was highlighted in each of the conference days from June 22-25, 2010 in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Each day featured the gathering of participants presenting cultural presentations, songs, and entertainment. Of course, the conference also highlighted PIBBA’s song, which includes all the languages of the region, such as the following chorus: “Iokwe, Raan Annim, Kaselehlia, Alii, Aloha, Olomwaay, Hafa Dei, Tuwoh, Mogethin, Talofa.”

Among the entities that attended the conference are Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Chuuk, CNMI, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Yap, and Guam. The mission of PIBBA is to bring these entities together to promote cultural and language activities by disseminating information, involving communities, and encouraging quality education programs through the western Pacific.

The first night of the PIBBA Conference featured a cultural opening ceremony that was held at the RMI International Conference Center and special dinner hosted by President Jurelang Zedkeia and First Lady Hannah Jurelang Zedkaia. The familiar “Yokwe” could be heard throughout the walls of the center. The evening included a special cultural dance and appearance by the Paramount Chief, welcoming remarks by Honorable Titus Langrine, special message from His Excellency Irooj Jurelang Zedkeia delivered by Acting President Amenta Matthew, special address by Dr. Sharon Nelson-Barber, remarks by PIBBA President Rosa Salas Palomo, a closing prayer by Rev. Enja Enos, introductions by Immediate Past-President Shelten Neth and emcee Molly Helkena, chanting by Willie Mwekto, and performances by the Marshall Islands High School Choir/Special Education students and Majuro Atoll Local Government Choir.

The second through fourth days of the PIBBA Conference were held at the Marshall Islands High School, which began with breakfast, entertainment, announcements, guest speakers, and acknowledgements. The second day featured guest speaker and RMI 2010 Pioneer of the Year, Alfred Capelle, followed by various cultural and educational/language workshops.

The third day featured guest speaker Dr. Hilda Heine, followed by various cultural and educational/language workshops, and a special awards ceremony for the Indigenous Teacher of the Year and Pioneer of the Year for each of the entities.

The final day of the conference featured guest speaker US Ambassador Martha Campbell, followed by additional cultural and educational/language workshops. The PIBBA International Business Meeting was later conducted, and the new PIBBA officers were elected. The new position of webmaster was also introduced during the business meeting. The newly elected PIBBA Officers include the following:

President: Cheta Anien
President-Elect: Senator Kathy Kesolei
Secretary: Frances Sablan
Treasurer: Shelten G. Neth
International Historian: Dr. Marilyn Salas
Webmaster: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
Immediate Past-President: Rosa Salas Palomo

The day ended with a silent auction of cultural arts & crafts and a closing ceremony and dinner hosted at the RMI International Convention Center. It featured meaningful traditional performances and presentation of gifts from all the Pacific entities.

We extend a big “Kommool Tata” to all PIBBA Conference steering committee members, and all the entities that joined us to make the 29th Annual International PIBBA Conference a memorable event that will always be remembered for years to come! Thank you! Kommool! Si Yu’os Ma’ase’! Kalahngan! Kinissow! Mesulang! Kammagar!