Leading International Nonprofit Launches Innovative Initiative to Support Educators in Island Communities

The Islands Society launches global initiative aimed at empowering educators creating K-12 curricula developed by and for island communities.

Honolulu, HI, August 29, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Islands Society is proud to be launching its first initiative to support educators in island communities. The 'Islands in the Classroom' initiative aims to connect teachers on a global network to support the quality and content of K-12 curricula in their respective classrooms. As a unique collaborative project, educators from around the world are invited to submit lesson plans on various themes based on their local cultures, histories and experiences which are then curated and shared.

"This program is unique in that it aims to promote awareness of issues critical to islanders in classrooms around the world," says the President Mr. Walsh. "In addition to this, curricula that celebrate local histories and breakthroughs will encourage a greater appreciation of these communities' unique cultures and experiences."

As a critical part of improving social mobility for islanders, the program aims to capitalize on the use of free technologies and commons resources to enhance the learning experiences of students.

"We believe the 'Islands in the Classroom' initiative has great potential to connect communities around the world, one classroom at a time," says Vice President Keiko Ono. "As a critical part of improving access to employment and training for young people, we believe the program can help educators empower students but also ensure we learn about and celebrate the myriad of diverse histories and cultures in island communities."

Educators interested in joining this global network of teachers in island communities are invited to contact Charity Porotesano at charity@islandssociety.org.

About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on nine issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.

See: www.islandssociety.org

Pacific Islands Society

The Pacific Islands Society a constituent society of the Islands Society. It is dedicated to promoting promoting stronger people-people relations between the Pacific Island Countries and beyond through speaking series, cultural events and annual campaigns.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/pacific-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PacificIslandsSociety

About Remote Islands Society
The Remote Islands Society is one of the constituent societies of the Islands Society. The Remote Islands Society works to raise awareness of the issues affecting the approximately 600 islands claimed by Japan.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/remote-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Remote-Islands-Society/433158006765387

About South Carolina Barrier Islands Society
The South Carolina Barrier Island Society is a constituent society to the Island Society. It seeks to inspire and empower residents of the sea islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/south-carolina-barrier-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/South-Carolina-Barrier-Islands-Society/

About Inland Islands Society
The Inland Society is a constituent society of the Islands Society. It is dedicated to inspiring and empowering individuals who depend on lake islands and river islands around the world.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/inland-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Inland-Islands-Society/911033662301431

About Baltic Sea Islands Society
The Baltic Sea Islands is one of the constituent societies of the Islands Society. It is committed to inspiring and empowering islanders from the Baltic Sea Islands.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/baltic-sea-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/1619960531593875/

About Eddie Walsh

Eddie” Walsh is the Founder and President of the Islands Society. He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also a Young Leader at Pacific Forum CSIS and a recent Academic Guest at the University of Zurich. Prior to founding PacSoc, Mr. Walsh was a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University, a Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at Microsoft, and the Vice Chair for the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club. He is also a past recipient of the Vivian Award from the National Press Club.

About Keiko Ono

Keiko Ono is the current Vice-President of the Islands Society. Borne of Japanese – Papua New Guinean descent, she was primarily raised between nine countries in South-East Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining the Pacific Islands Society, Keiko studied Politics and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. She has since served as one of three Presidents in SOAS Students Union, worked as a researcher for a Zambian NGO and developed experience as an educator in Tokyo working with the Japan-based international NGO, Peace Boat.
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