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2012 FSM Special Education Leadership Meeting
On September 18-21, 2012, Special Education program management, state advisory council chairpersons, Maternity Child Health Care (MCH), and key staff from all the four FSM States and National Department of Education (NDOE)-Division of Special Services convened in Chuuk State for the 2012 Special Education Leadership Meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to review the requirements for the FSM 2011-2012 State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) for Special Education due to US Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) in February 2013 and to address other reporting requirements.  The meeting was co-facilitated by FSM NDOE and consultants from Guam CEDDERS and San Diego State University. During this 4-day meeting, the participants:Reviewed each FSM State Local Education Agency Local (LEA) Performance Plans (LPP) progress data and improvement activities to be included in the FSM 2011-2012 APR/SPP; Established National Priorities for 2012-2013;  Reached consensus…
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Public Announcement-FSM FFY 2013 Part B Application
Public Announcement March 08, 2013 The FSM Department of Education announces that an application for funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is being submitted for Federal Fiscal Year 2013. The FSM receives funding under IDEA to provide special education and related service programs for eligible children with disabilities and their families. IDEA requires that the annual application for funding be made available for Public Review and Comment. Consistent with this requirement, The FSM Department of Education announces that the Annual State Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education on May 15, 2013. The FSM Department of Education announces that a 60-day public review period and a 30-day public comment period will be available to allow the public an opportunity to review the application and to…
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2013 FSM Special Education States' Monitoring Reports
March to May 2013: FSM Division of Special Services conducted its annual onsite monitoring visit for all four FSM States. The Federated States of Micronesia, Department of Education receives funding under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Grant through the U.S. Department of Education. This funding is designed to supplement the provision of special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities within each State of the FSM and to improve and expand programs and services for children with disabilities. The special education and related services supported by IDEA are consistent with the approved FSM Special Education Handbook and P.L. 14-08. As part of the General Supervision requirements of IDEA, NDOE must conduct a comprehensive special education monitoring program to ensure that the provisions of IDEA are being followed within each FSM State. To accomplish this, NDOE conducts annual Verification Monitoring visits to each State and…
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FSM 2013 Interagency Leadership Conference
The Federated States of Micronesia will held its 2013 FSM Interagency Leadership Conference on August 14-16, 2013 on Pohnpei State. This conference is organized by various agencies and developmental partners supporting persons with disabilities and other marginalized populations in the FSM.  This conference has become an important event in the FSM for experts, service providers and various stakeholders promoting the rights of people with disabilities. The theme for this year’s conference is “Count Us In: Promoting and Strengthening Interagency Collaboration and Empowering Persons with Disabilities in the FSM”  The expected outcomes of this year’s conference are:   Identification of existing barriers/challenges (social, financial, political, infrastructure, information, etc.) in delivering quality services to persons with disabilities;  Identification of practical action steps to address existing barriers (at all levels and by all partnering agencies);  Establishment/formalized…
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FSM's New Initiative for Early Literacy
Kolonia, Pohnpei, January 13-17, 2014 The FSM Response to Intervention Initiative (RtI) takes its first steps to improve language and reading skills for ALL students in the FSM. During the week, the FSM Department of Education conducted a kickoff meeting of intensive training to initiate a new program designed to improve language and reading skills for children in grades Early Childhood Education to 3. This project is now referred to as FSM Project Literacy Intervention for FSM leaders of Tomorrow, or FSM Project LIFT. Secretary Rufino Mauricio opened the session addressing the Leadership Teams, including the Directors of Education from each State, and the National Department of Education staffs who joined together to learn new skills in providing effective reading instruction.  Consultants from the University of Oregon provided training and hands on experience for the Project LIFT Coaches with students at Sekere Elementary School. The consultants will continue to provide training and…
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2014 Data Training on Effective Use of Data
March 12-14: Yap, Federated States of Micronesia - The FSM Division of Special Services coordinated a data training for FSM States special education coordinators, data managers, case managers, and other data personnel from the departments of education. Dr. Steve Spencer and Youngho Jang of San Diego State University helped facilitated the training. Dr Steve Spencer has been serving as a consultant to the FSM Special Education Program for numerous years while Young Jang is the programmer for the Special Education Database, which is Student Information Tracking System (SITS)  The purpose of the 3-day training was to introduce the new features on the SITS, and share strategies on how the program can effectively share its data to principals, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders. There were a total of 30 from all the States and National Government. The states were provide with copies of new SITS User’s Guide, which contain the revised user’s guidelines, OSEP Data Dictionary, and…
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Public Announcement: FSM FFY 2015 OSEP Part B Application
February 9, 2015: The FSM Department of Education announces that an application for funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is being submitted for Fiscal Year 2015. The FSM receives funding under IDEA to provide special education and related service programs for eligible children with disabilities and their families. IDEA requires that the annual application for funding be made available for Public Review and Comment. Consistent with this requirement, The FSM Department of Education announces that the Annual State Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2015 will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education on May 3, 2015. The FSM Department of Education announces that a 60-day public review period and a 30-day public comment period will be available to allow the public an opportunity to review the application and to makes comments. The dates for…
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About Us
1. FSM National Government, The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a sovereign island nation in the north Pacific which was part of what was known as the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands (TTPI). Right after the WWII, most of the islands in the Micronesian Archipelago, with the exception of Guam, were colonized under the mandates of the Trusteeship Agreement, giving the United States administrative jurisdiction over the entity to oversee the development of the islands in order to become self-sufficient. In the 70's, during which the leaders of the TTPI negotiated separate political status with the United States, the Trust Territories broke up into several republics - the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (which chose to become a U.S. commonwealth); the Republic of Palau; the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and, the remaining island groups of Chuuk (formerly Truk), Pohnpei (Ponape), Yap and Kosrae (Kusaie) formed the FSM. The FSM established its constitutional entity in 1976 through the FSM…, 2. Department of Education, Since the inception of the FSM National Government in 1979, the Division of Education was established within the Department of Social Services. In 1986, the Department of Social Services was converted into the Department of Human Resources under the auspices of the 2nd President of the FSM, His Excellency John R. Haglelgam, from Yap. Education remained a division until 1992 at which time the FSM Congress approved PL 7-97, creating the Department of Education during the tenure of the 3rd President, His Excellency Bailey Olter of Pohnpei. With FSM P.L. 10-55, the 4th President, His Excellency Jacob Nena of Kosrae, reorganized the Executive Branch in 1997 to merge Health, Education, and Social Affairs to create a new department which was named HESA. Later in 2007, the 7th President, His Excellency Emmanual Mori of Chuuk, with the approval of FSM Congress P.L. 15-09 separated HESA to create two different departments, namely Department of Education and Department of Health and Social…, 3. Division of Special Services , The Division of Special Services is responsible to coordinate, monitor, and provide technical supports to the FSM states on special education program and other related services. As a mandate by the FSM Public Law 14-8, FSM is required to provide Free Appropriate Pubic Education (FAPE) to all children from birth to age 21. Since the main source of fuding for this program is from the United States Office of Special Education Program (OSEP), the Division is also required to follow the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Click  Regulations  to view these laws.
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