The I Tellai Newsletter December 2023 issue is available now!


Guam CEDDERS Presents at 2023 MTEC

Guam CEDDERS participated in the 2023 Micronesian Teacher Education Conference held July 3-7 in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. The theme of this year’s conference was Connecting Indigenous Knowledge Across Academic Disciplines. Participants, including educators, leaders, professionals, consultants, and partners, came from all across Micronesia and other regions to network, learn, and share knowledge about educational practices and initiatives that support student achievement. CEDDERS Associate Director of Program Development, Technical Assistance, and Outreach Dr. Josephine Cruz and CEDDERS Training Associate Rachel Duenas conducted three separate one hour breakout presentations, titled “To Proficiency and Beyond: Integrating the Elements of Explicit Instruction Within the Response to Intervention Framework.” The purpose of the sessions was to provide training on effective instructional delivery, specifically on the elements of explicit instruction within the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. The conference activities included cultural showcases presented by each state as well as optional island tours provided to participants.

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GDOE Offers Training to SSIP Schools

On August 7 and 8, the Guam Department of Education in collaboration with Guam CEDDERS, supported its State Systemic Improvement Project (SSIP) school sites with two professional development sessions. These sessions were part of SSIP’s: Continuous Improvement Road Map for Improving Reading & Math Achievement.

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Guam EHDI Spreads Hearing Awareness

The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) held two of six mini conferences scheduled for the last grant year of the Na’ Mas Fitme Project. On July 15 and August 19, a total of 94 participants made up of family members, caregivers, and childcare providers attended the conferences at the Dusit Beach Resort Guam. The Guam EHDI staff provided conference attendees with an overview of the projects and services provided by Guam CEDDERS, for individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers in the community.

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GSAT has a mission to increase the community’s access to assistive technology by bringing about awareness of AT devices, services, resources, and vendors. Moreover, GSAT strives to help island residents with the acquisition of AT by providing means and resources to obtain desired AT devices and services.

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The Guam EHDI Project is 100% federally funded and was established in 2002 through a federal grant awarded to the University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service (Guam CEDDERS) by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish Guam’s Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program.

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Tri-Agency Partners on Developmental Disabilities


To promote, educate, and advocate for equal rights and access to justice for our underserved communities.


To ensure that the most vulnerable in our community become self-reliant and knowledgeable of their civil rights and liberties through client-centered services.

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The Guam Developmental Disabilities Council (GDDC) serves as the Territory of Guam’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD).  Under federal law, Public Law 106-402, each state and territory are authorized to establish a Council on DD, which receives funds to carry out initiatives for systems-change, capacity building, and advocacy.  Through these activities, the Council promotes the inclusion, integration, independence, and productivity of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all areas of community life.

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