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Snapshots of this year's 37th Annual International PIBBA Conference in Saipan, CNMI

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Click on the video below to view the 36th Annual International PIBBA Conference hosted in Pohnpei

Saturday, June 25, 2011

30th PIBBA Conference

30th Annual International PIBBA Conference .



Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23, 2011


Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and CNMI Chapter

The PIBBA Conference is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and cultural enrichment. This year's conference offers a wonderful selection of traditional, innovative, and practical workshops, presented by creative and imaginative educators and cultural leaders from the Pacific islands.

PIBBA Conference Chairs:

Frances Sablan, Secretary, PIBBA International

Diane Hocog Borja, PIBBA CNMI Chapter


.... For information, e-mail Frances at, Diane at, or


. Download Registration Form

Downlaod Presentation Form

Download Exhibit Form

Download Indigenous Teacher of the Year Packet

Download Pioneer of the Year Packet

Hotel Accomodations, Commuter Airlines, Car Rentals, and other specials

Avis Car Rental Special

Click on the image above to view the PIBBA Conference

invitation letter from the Mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan


We are pleased to announce that PIBBA Conference participants will be given a special discount of 10% off the lowest fares. However, travel period for this offer is June 14-July 2, 2011. When making the reservation, simply mention the reservation code *GC1110*. Click here to view details of the special Continental Airlines discount.


PIBBA Officers and Members get ready for the PIBBA International Meeting on June 25, 2010. L-R: Rosa Salas Palomo, PIBBA International President; Kanchi Hosia, Assistant Secretary for RMI Elementary Education; Cheta Anien, PIBBA President-Elect, and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster. PIBBA Officers and Members for 2010-2011 will steer the next PIBBA Confe under the leadership of Senator Kathesolei. .

PIBBA participants from Guam, CNMI, 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, PIBBA Immediate Past-President; Frances Sablan, PIBBA Secretary; Julia Shore, GDOE Chamoro Teacher; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster and GDOE ESL Coordinator/Teacher; and Jacqueline Hazen, IREI. Back row: Nelsin Iriarte, PDOE Language Arts Specialist; Koshy Reuney, GDOE ESL Coordinator; Dr. Arlene S. Diaz, GDOE, SPC-ESL; and Marie Salas, GDOE ESL Coordinator.

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The Palau Delegation actively participates in the 29th Annual International PIBBA Conference. Pictured front row left to right: Dario Harris, Julita Debngek, Elin Rebluud, Senator Kathy Kesolei, Vivian Schmull, and Jerome Megreos. Second Row L-R: Tem N. Meriang, Kerungil Tellei, and Johnson Joshua. Third Row L-R: Selina Ramon, and Lucia Tabelual. .PIBBA recipients for the Teacher of the Year and Pioneer of the Year were awarded on June 24, 2010. Pictured L-R: Frances Sablan, PIBBA International Secretary; Rosa Salas Palomo, PIBBA International President; Antonia Salas, Guam Teacher of the Year; Cheta Anien, PIBBA International President-Elect; Marlyn Ernist, Chuuk Teacher of the Year; Zander Refilong, Guam Pioneer of the Year; Saped Santos, Pohnpei Pioneer of the Year; Alfred Capelle, Republic of the Marshall Islands Pioneer of the Year; and Shelten Neth, PIBBA International Immediate Past President. Not pictured are Ema Melander, Kosrae Teacher of the Year and Standon Andrew, Kosrae Pioneer of the Year.ed with the prestigious PIBBA Teacher of the Year and Pioneer of the Year awards. We encourage fellow educators in the community! A 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. .

PIBBA presenters prepare themselves for their scheduled presentations. Pictured L-R: Dr. Greg Tainatongo, Retired GDOE Administrator & Teacher; Kos Reuney, GDOE ESL Coordinator; Dr. Sharon Nelson-Barber, PREL Chief Excecutive Officer; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster & GDOE ESL Coordinator/Teacher; and Julia Shore, GDOE Chamorro Teacher. . . .. .

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

Marshall Islands Choir and Special Education Students perform during the PIBBA Conference Opening Ceremony held June 22, 2010 at the RMI International Convention Center. . The students were instrumenal in providing cultural entertainment that provided much ight on their culture and and of which allowed us to g appreciation of cultural diversity..

Pohnpei presenters pose during their Values Behind Proverbs workshop. Pictured L-R: Maria Donre, Social Studies Specialist; Nelsin Iriarte, Language Arts Specialist; and Rickson Higgins, Library, Museum, and Archives Curator.

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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, PIBBA Webmaster & GDOE ESL Coordinator/Teacher; Nelsin Iriarte, PDOE Language Arts Specialist; Hazen; and Kos Reuney, GDOE ESL Coordinator. . . . .

. . Iolani Meleijon from Leipajid Handicraft Shop was one of many vendors who sold various indigenous arts and crafts from the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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