Pacific Circle Consortium
The Pacific Circle Consortium (PCC) was established in 1977 as an initiative in international co-operation between educational research and development institutions in the Pacific Region initially drawn from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S. (Mainland and Hawaii) were represented at the first meeting. Membership has since been extended to other countries from within this region and from Asia. The focus has also changed from one of collaboratively produced curriculum materials to broader issues of policy development and educational research. From hosting yearly workshops and meetings the organization has moved to a single yearly conference at which joint projects are discussed and reported upon and a range of papers and symposia are presented. The Consortium is now independent from the OECD.
The PCC now draws members from Australia, New Zealand, several Pacific Islands, China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, several states of the United States, Vietnam, Canada, Latvia, and México. Conference attendees have also come from Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Nepal and Ecuador.
Originally launched in 1987 the Pacific Circle Consortium’s journal, Pacific-Asian Education (formerly Pacific Education), has established itself as an international refereed journal, which reports on PCC projects and other relevant research within the organization’s purview.
PCC bestows three honors—the Peter Brice Award, the Arthur King Curriculum Innovation Award, and the Neil Baumgart Lecture.
Member contributions to the Pacific Circle Consortium help to offset the costs of the annual conference and the Pacific-Asian Education journal. Membership fees into the Pacific Circle Consortium are automatically part of the registration fee to the annual conference; that is, all full registrants in each annual conference become members of PCC for the following year. Membership is from July to June.
Visit www.pacificcircleconsortium.org for more information.
Pacific Historic Parks
Pacific Historic Parks is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) in Guam to engage youth in reflecting on the lessons learned from World War II in the Pacific. The mission of Pacific Historic Parks is to support NPS World War II sites and other entities managing Pacific historic locations through education and interpretive programs, research, preservation, restoration and fund development.
Visit www.pacifichistoricparks.org for more information.
An area steeped in complex history, War in the Pacific National Historical Park offers activities for everyone, from perusing interactive displays in a state-of-the-art museum, to snorkeling and diving amongst picturesque coral reefs. The park is comprised of the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center and seven National Park Service sites located throughout the island of Guam, offering forests, wetlands, beaches, savannas, fishing, swimming, hiking, and most other adventures you can dream up. Together, the sites are a patchwork of military relics and evidence of Guam’s unique role in World War II’s Pacific Theater.