The Social Studies Area of the College of Education held a whole-day seminar, Social Studies Education and the K to 12 Curriculum: Trends and Challenges last April 18, 2015 at the Benitez Theater. Around 117 participants from an estimated 30 schools in the NCR and nearby areas joined the seminar. Participants came from tertiary institutions like the Department of Education, University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, Philippine Normal University, Adamson University, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Bulacan State University, Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila, and many more. Secondary education participants came from both public and private schools. The seminar aimed to share best practices and developments in the field. Dr. Serena I. Diokno, chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, was the keynote speaker of the conference.
The College of Education recently concluded the K to 12 Mass Training of Grade 10 Teachers of NCR. The mass training which catered to teachers of different learning areas was organized in coordination with the UP College of Education and the Department of Education. The training for Math and Filipino was held on May 5 to 10 and involved 129 and 181 participants respectively. The training for Grade 10 teachers of Araling Panlipunan, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao, Science, and English was held the week after, May 11 to 16 with 157, 99, 136, and 144 participants respectively. The training is an annual commitment of the College to collaborate with the Department of Education in preparing teachers for the K to 12 program. Training facilitators come from both both College of Education and the Department of Education.
More than 550 participants from around 100 institutions filled the UP NISMED auditorium on May 9, 2015 to attend the symposium, “Curriculum Studies and 21st Century Skills” organized by the UP College of Education Curriculum Studies Area in cooperation with the UP Curricularists Society (UPCS). The symposium attracted participants from as far as Isabela (Isabela State University) and Zamboanga (Ateneo De Zamboanga). The majority of the participants came from Bulacan State University, Philippine Normal University, Adamson University, Southville International School and Colleges, and New Era University.
According to UPCS President, Ronnel Almazan, the symposium which is the second that the Society had helped organize, aims to “provide a platform for Curriculum Studies undergraduate and graduate students to present relevant researches with respect to how 21st Century Skills impact the curriculum.” The symposium featured plenary speakers who discussed 21st century skills in relation to different topics. Mr. Ho Sun Yee of Decision Processes International discussed Strategic Thinking and 21st Century Skills; Fr. Onofre G. Inocencio, Jr. of Don Bosco explained the TVET Curriculum and 21st Century Skills; Dr. Romylyn A. Metila of the UP College of Education presented on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education and 21st Century Skills, and Dr. Ferdinand B. Pitagan discussed Media Information Literacy and 21st Century Skills. Various paper presentations from students of Curriculum Education courses were also featured in the symposium.
UPCS was organized on 16 December 2013, with the following officers: Ronnel R Almazan, Rocelia Bayan, Pia Andres-Khan, Emie Ang, Charisse Malolot, Ferdinand Martin, Tina Manipis, and MG Liquido. The Society aims to “be a promoter of research, a venue for academic exchange, and an avenue for undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and stakeholders in education and training to continue contributing to the growth and development of the discipline.” Another Curriculum Studies symposium is scheduled for the second semester of AY 2015-2016
Health Education classes once again treated the College of Education to an informative and service-full celebration of Health Advocacy, Promotion, and Instruction (HAPI) Days last May 5-8, 2015. This year’s HAPI days featured several activities such as the free health and dental check-up for students and staff. The advocacy component of the activities this year focused on oral health and mercury poisoning, breast self-examination, and depression. Various lectures on the said topics were held at the MITC and Benitez Training Center, with some resource speakers from UP Manila. Students and staff of the College were also treated to healthy sandwiches and the popular taho throughout the week-long celebration. HAPI Days activities are organized annually by Health Education classes under the supervision of Prof. Francis Grace Duka-Pante.
by Lean Aquino
The Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Br. Armin Luistro spoke to an audience of approximately 200 at the Benitez Theater, UP College of Educaton, last 16 April 2015, for the talk entitled “InDept: A Close Look at the Presidential Cabinet.” Luistro talked about his time as the leader of DepEd as well as the situation of education sector in the Philippines. He enlightened the students and professors alike on the needs of our country and the challenges for educators and public servants amidst the implementation of the K-12 program. The event was organized by the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) Student Council and the College of Education Student Council, in partnership with the UP Community of Reading Education Advocates, the UP Educators’ Circle, NCPAG-Umalohokan, and the League of NCPAG Organizations.
*Credits for photographs go to the NCPAG Student Council
The Teaching in the Early Grades Area of the College Education recently conducted a ten-day training on Teaching Preschoolers and Early Graders in the Context of the K to 12 Curriculum. The training from April 6 to 17, 2015 at the Benitez Training Center had 30 participants from twenty schools which include Miriam College, Saint Pedro Poveda College, and Westfields International School. Participants came from all over Metro Manila, one is from as far as Bicol, while some are from neighboring Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan. The training was facilitated by current and retired professors at the TEG area: Dr. Leonor Diaz, Prof. Yvette Concepcion-Alcazar, and Dr. Felicitas Pado respectively.
by Shiela M. Odono
An Alternative Classroom Experience entitled ExSIGHTing 2.0 was held last March 26, 2015, Tuesday at Room 108, UP College Education. This ACLE about basic Braille and orientation and mobility was spearheaded by the Special Education Council- an advocacy organization promoting the rights of PWDs through programs and activities for individuals with special needs. Through these initiatives, they were able to spread awareness to the general public in believing that it is the ability and not the disability that counts.
ExSIGHTing 2.0 gathered around 60 plus participants from different colleges including attendees from Joy Disability Missions Inc. and Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI). As one of the participating organizations, UPSEC invited Ms. Natalie C. Pigar to share her experiences as a teacher of children with visual impairment in RBI. The program also included Braille reading and writing, simulation on how an individual with visual impairment does his or her everyday activities through a sandwich-making activity, and finally an experience on walking around the campus blindfolded. Project heads Aldrin Parreño and Marjorie Guardiano ended the event with their closing remarks.
On March 7, 2015, more than 170 high school and college students trooped to the Benitez Theatre to attend Why Teach?, a free forum that encouraged students to choose teaching as a profession. The forum that lasted from 9:00am to 12:00pm featured three speakers: Mr. Edson Alquizalas, a batch 2012 graduate of the College and currently a teacher at PAREF Southridge School; Bea Marinas, a BEEd SPED graduating student from the College of Education, and Prof. Maria Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon, the Secretary of the College of Education. The affair started with a charades game facilitated by the organizers, the College of Education Student Council. Participants eagerly listened to the talks and left with many answers to the question, Why Teach?, that the forum addressed.
The UP College of Education Student Council (CESC) organized an annual job fair at the ground floor corridors of the Benitez Hall last March 10-13 and 17-20. This event which aims to inform interested teachers or would-be teachers of vacancies and job requirements in several participating private schools, tutorial centers, and organization has been a much-anticipated event for job-seekers. Sixteen private educational institutions joined Ready, Set, Teach, the 2015 College of Education Job Fair. Among which are Saint Pedro Poveda College, Xavier School, Immaculate Concepcion Academy, Grace Christian School, St. Paul College Pasig, Wordlab School Inc., Reedley International School, The Raya School, School of St. Anthony, Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Montessori de Manila, Abba’s Orchard, MatheMagis, Infant Jesus Academy, Affordable Private Education Center (APEC) Schools, and AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center. Participating in this year’s fair is the non-profit organization Teach for the Philippines which aims to recruit the best students/graduates to teach in public schools around the country for two years. Through this, the organization aims to transform teachers into “advocates for education equity.”
To facilitate the application process, the UP CESC also received emailed curriculum vitaes of interested applicants and facilitated the submission to schools. For interested schools that wish to participate in the next College of Education Job Fair, please contact the UP College of Education Student Council through the Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/UPCESC.
In Celebration of Diliman Month, the Division of Educational Leadership and Professional Services (DELPS) of the UP College of Education organized DELPS Public Lecture 1 last February 28, 1:00-5:00 pm, at the Benitez Theatre of the College of Education. This free public symposium featured lectures by professors from the said Division. Dr. Jose Pedrajita of the Research and Evaluation Area lectured on Designing Action Research, Prof. Elenita Que of the Educational Technology Area talked about Designing Technology-Enhanced Instruction, Prof. Lorelei Vinluan of the Guidance and Counseling Area discussed Enhancing Students’ Adversity Quotient through Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), while Dr. Jerome Buenviaje of the Educational Administration Area lectured on The Dynamics of Work Passion Among Educational Administrators. The successful lecture series was attended by around 340 participants from various Teacher Education Institutions. In attendance too were other DELPS faculty members like Prof. Jaclyn Cauyan and Dr. Sherlyne Acosta.