The Pacific Literacy Consortium (PLC) exists to build and align strategic partnerships that foster developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative educational approaches designed to improve literacy rates in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific.
PLC was engendered by a longstanding partnership between (a) the Literacy and Hawaiian Education Section, Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the (b) Hawaiian Education Program Office, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support (OCISS), Hawaiʻi Department of Education. The formal partnership between these two agencies, commonly referred to as Pihana Nā Mamo, was catalyzed in 2000 through a grant from the Native Hawaiian Education Program, U.S. Department of Education. Since then, the efforts of this partnership were sustained and scaled by eight subsequent federal grants that resulted in systematic, coordinated services to teachers and students across 51 public schools in Hawaiʻi.
PLC’s strong interagency collaboration has been informed by teams of researchers, school leaders, content experts, cultural practitioners, instructional designers, and evaluators. In addition, the PLC’s Native Hawaiian Education projects have received strategic input from an advisory council comprised of leaders who serve critical roles across the preschool to post-secondary education continuum.