Insular Areas & Palau Annual Technical Assistance Meeting

2021 Insular Areas and Palau Technical Assistance Meeting

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 & Wednesday, March 10, 2021 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Eastern Time – view in your timezone


*Note, you must register separately for both Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10 dates.*

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


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Ms. Faith D. George-Boone currently serves as a consultant for the Region 3 Comprehensive Center, providing technical assistance to state education agencies, districts, and schools.  She has 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in education at the school and district levels. In 2018, Mrs. George-Boone retired as Deputy Superintendent of Schools in the district of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Allison Layland is currently the Chief Education Strategist for the Academic Development Institute (ADI) and serves as a consultant for the National Comprehensive Center and 4 Regional Centers, providing technical assistance to state education agencies, U.S. territories and insular areas, districts, and schools in areas related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She has consulted with more than 11 state education agencies on effective implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and has more than 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in general and special education at the school, district, and state levels. Dr. Layland received a doctorate in education administration and policy studies from the University of Denver.

Dr. Mary Lee is Executive Director of Pacific Policy Research Center (PPRC) and currently leads the external evaluation for Comprehensive Center Regions 18 and 19. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) and brings a background in social science and policy research, programs evaluations, and post-secondary teaching. Prior to joining PPRC, Mary worked as Faculty Specialist for the UHM Colleges of Arts & Sciences, an instructor for the UHM Department of Political Science, and a researcher for the UHM Curriculum Research & Development Group.

Dr. John H. Lockwood has worked in the education, assessment, research, and management fields for 30+ years. He is currently the Director of the Region 3 Comprehensive Center at ETS, which serves Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has managed projects to scale up the use of content standards, provide support for turning around low-performing schools, and evaluating projects both large and small. Prior to his work at ETS, he was the Research Director for the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement in Washington, DC.

Dr. Emerson Lopez Odango serves as Director of the Region 18 Comprehensive Center, which delivers capacity-building services in the areas of teacher mentoring and induction, Early Learning, career pathways development, English Learners support through language policy, comprehensive needs assessment, strategic performance management, and continuity of learning. Dr. is interested in the identification and support of the needs of historically underrepresented communities through participatory action research and evidence-based practices. Dr. Odango graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a PhD in Linguistics, and is currently enrolled in the MS program in Speech-Language Pathology at Old Dominion University.

Ms. April Monroe-Phillips serves as the Virgin Islands State Manager with the Region 3 Comprehensive Center at ETS, providing direct support to the projects conducted in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).  Ms. Munroe-Phillips brings over 40 years of educational experience across the continuum of pre-K to post-secondary institutions with a focus on early learning success working with young children, parents, community and governmental agencies, educators, post-secondary students and policymakers.  Ms. Munroe-Phillips has been with the Comprehensive Center at ETS  serving as the state manager since 2012.  Ms. Munroe-Phillips holds a Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Millersville State University.

Dr. Melly Wilson serves as Director of the Region 19 Comprehensive Center, which delivers capacity building services in the areas of planning, performance and productivity; accountability system design and implementation; data quality; migrant education; emergency preparedness; and program monitoring and evaluation. She has served as Principal Investigator or Project Director on multiple federally funded projects and overseen the design of research and statistical analysis plans for a variety of projects including experiments, survey research, psychometric studies, evaluations, and secondary analysis of administrative data. She earned her PhD at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Shane Morrisey is the Group Leader of the Monitoring and Risk Team in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.  He has been working for the Department of Education for almost seven years.  Shane is a licensed attorney, and prior to joining the Department he spent two years serving as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Morocco.

Dan Behrend works on the Monitoring and Risk Team in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE).  Prior to joining OESE’s Office of State Support in 2016, Dan worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dan taught middle school students in Henderson, NC for three years, before returning to school to earn law and master of public policy degrees.

Presentation Materials

Session 1: Project Planning (Day 1)

Session 2: Project Implementation (Day 1)

Session 3: Project Evaluation (Day 2)

Session 4: Education Stabilization Fund Sub-recipient Monitoring (Day 2)

Last Modified: 03/08/2021