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THE PEACE ROCK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

A Partnership Between the UP College of Education and the UP Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association

Work started at the northeast corner of the UP College of Education in May 2015 that very few may have noticed. Fewer still may know of the vertical rock column that was raised there some 16 years ago in the aftermath of a gruesome murder.

On February 19, 1999, Nino Calinao, a senior UP Journalism student was shot and killed after being mistaken for a member of a rival fraternity. It was an atrocity further aggravated by the victim’s circumstances — a son of a jeepney driver who was the brightest hope of his family to ease out of poverty. It was also the latest tragedy in many decades of fraternity-related violence within the UP campus, and unfortunately it would also not be the last. In that moment at least, the appalled UP community found itself gathered in a common ground as the resurgence of campus violence was denounced collectively.

The UP Alpha Phi Omega found parallels that ran close to home. They too lost one of their own, 5th year UP College of Engineering student Rolando T. Abad, in a similarly senseless act on August 30, 1977. This fueled their drive to put up a symbol that will remind one and all of the need to end the cycle of violence.

They found a kindred spirit in then UP College of Education dean Dr. Leticia Ho, who supported their idea to raise the Peace Rock at the northeast corner of the Benitez Hall, to kick-off a campaign calling out the culture of violence corrupting the fraternity system.

In the years that followed, the reason for the Peace Rock’s placement has all but been forgotten. While the resident members of UP APO have been conducting periodic cleanups of the area, lack of practical use for passersby has left the Peace Rock and what it advocates largely ignored.

On April 20, 2015, current UP College of Education dean Dr. Rosario Alonzo endorsed the proposal to improve the Peace Rock. Eight benches were added, strategically designed and placed so that respect for personal space is enhanced. Facing inward, the center of each bench can also serve as a table for laptops or lunch boxes. Paved walkways provide easy access to and from the college’s laboratory school, the UPIS, as well. A drinking fountain, too, offers relief for the parched UP scholar.

The iconography of the dove as a messenger of love, peace, and hope is universal. On top of the Peace Rock is a rendition with an olive branch, created by sculptor Ral Arrogante. The artwork has been ingeniously put together from copper discards and has no welded parts, a trademark of the artist.

The oblique placement of the Peace Rock in a bed of river stones points to the role of peace in the university — not as an end in itself, as might be interpreted had it been in the center, but as a means for the various disciplines, represented by flow-shaped stones, to flourish.

The hope is that the Peace Rock will serve as a constant reminder for campus organizations of their responsibility, to their members as well as the academic community, to always strive to support an atmosphere conducive to learning, research, and innovation.

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Call for Applications: LANGUAGE EDUCATION

CALL FOR APPLICATION
TENURE TRACK TEACHING POST AT THE
U.P. COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

POSITION: Assistant or Associate Professor of Language Education
DIVISION: Division of Curriculum and Instruction
INSTITUTION: College of Education, University of the Philippines Diliman
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 16 October 2015
START OF TEACHING: January 2016, Second Semester AY 2015-2016

The Faculty of the UP Diliman College of Education seeks two full time assistant/associate professors of Language Education. Applicants must have the following qualifications.

– with undergraduate academic preparation in language or a field that trains one in language and communication

– must have a doctoral degree OR at least a master’s degree in Language Education (or a closely related field) from a reputable university

– must have a combination of secondary and tertiary level teaching experience

– must have taught Filipino in either or both the secondary and tertiary levels

– must have the capability to teach a variety of Language Education courses

– with undergraduate academic preparation in language or a field that trains one in language and communication

– must have a doctoral degree OR at least a master’s degree in Language Education (or a closely related field) from a reputable university

– must have a combination of secondary and tertiary level teaching experience

– must have taught English in either or both the secondary and tertiary levels

– must have the capability to teach a variety of Language Education courses

Applicants must submit the following:

(1) Letter of interest describing his/her qualifications, including research accomplishments

(3) College and graduate transcript of records (original or photocopy);

(4) Contact information of your current employer and last two employers, if any;

(5) Contact information of three (3) references

Dean, College of Education

MICHAEL ARTHUS G. MUEGA

Chair, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

Review of applications will begin immediately and appointment of selected applicants will begin in January 2016. The selected applicants are expected to perform the following duties:

(1) teach Language Education and other related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (2) advise graduate students who are writing their thesis or dissertation; (3) serve as thesis/dissertation critic or panel member; (4) serve in division, college, and university committees; (5) attend faculty meetings regularly; (6) maintain active research agenda as documented through publications and presentations; (7) render extension (community) service; and (8) develop and update syllabi for courses to be taught.

UPAA confers 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to Educ alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez

The College of Education is proud of the achievement of two of its beloved alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez.

The College of Education is proud of the achievement of two of its beloved alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez.

 

Two Eduk alumnae, Usec. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez, recently received the 2015 UP Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Educational Innovation and 2015 UP Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Educational Administration respectively on June 20, 2015 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni. The UPAA official website explains that the UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award is conferred to “alumni who have demonstrated, in their chosen field of endeavor, exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions that bring about substantial benefits to society and distinct honor to the University.” Achievements and contributions that impact the community in the local, national, and international level are especially valued. Nominees are evaluated based on their service orientation, leadership, impact of work, and integrity.

Dr. Dina Ocampo is currently the Undersecretary for Programs and Projects of the Department of Education. She earned her BEEd (1985) and master’s degree (1991) at the College of Education where she is also a faculty member and one time Dean (2010-2012). She was one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) in 2007 and an awardee of the Search for Outstanding Teacher (SOT) sponsored by Metrobank Foundation (2009).

Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez is currently Assistant Vice President for Academic Development and Director of the University Research Center at Far Eastern University (FEU). She earned her MEd in Guidance at the College of Education (1975 ) where she was once a faculty member. Dr. Wong-Fernandez also served as guidance counselor at the UP Integrated School and was Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in UP Diliman from 1996 to 1999. Prior to moving to FEU, she taught at De La Salle University in 2000 and became Dean of the College of Education from 2003-2007.

The College of Education is proud of the achievement of two of its beloved alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez.

Social Studies Area’s Seminar Updates Teachers on K to 12

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.

Dr. Serena Dikono delivers her keynote speech

Dr. Serena Dikono delivers her keynote speech

Parallel presentations shared the latest developments in the field

Parallel presentations shared the latest developments in the field

Participants engage in an interesting discussion

Participants engage in an interesting discussion

Participants listen to Dr. Diokno's speech

Participants listen to Dr. Diokno’s speech

Prof. Calingasan handles a session

Prof. Calingasan handles a session

Seminar organizers and participants pose for a picture

Seminar organizers and participants pose for a picture

College of Education teams up with DepEd for K to 12 Mass Training for Grade 10 Teachers

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.

Successful Curriculum Studies Symposium on 21st Century Skills Fills NISMED Auditorium

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

Dr. Pitagan with UPCS President Ronnel Almazan and Dr. Amy Fajardo

Dr. Pitagan with UPCS President Ronnel Almazan and Dr. Amy Fajardo

Fr. Innocencio with Ronnel ALmazan And Dr. Amy Fajardo

Fr. Innocencio with Ronnel ALmazan And Dr. Amy Fajardo

Dr. Rom Metila with UPCS President Ronnel Almazan and Dr. Amy Fajardo

Dr. Rom Metila with UPCS President Ronnel Almazan and Dr. Amy Fajardo

Symposium participants fill NISMED auditorium

Symposium participants fill NISMED auditorium

Symposium organizers and some participants

Symposium organizers and some participants

Participants from different institutions are recognized

Participants from different institutions are recognized

Mr Ho Sun Yee explains strategic thinking and 21st century skills

Mr Ho Sun Yee explains strategic thinking and 21st century skills

Happier HAPI Days in 2015

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.

A student reads helpful health information posted during HAPI days 2015

A student reads helpful health information posted during HAPI days 2015

Depression speaker, Dr. Carlo Paolo Castro with Dean Alonzo and Prof. Duka-Pante

Depression speaker, Dr. Carlo Paolo Castro with Dean Alonzo and Prof. Duka-Pante

Combat Stress  through HAPI days

Combat Stress through HAPI days

Speaker explains the importance of dental health to the audience

Speaker explains the importance of dental health to the audience

Speaker explains breast self-exam

Speaker explains breast self-exam

HAPI days lecture on breast self-exam

HAPI days lecture on breast self-exam

Free blood pressure check-up during HAPI days

Free blood pressure check-up during HAPI days

Dr. Castro explains the causes of depression to students

Dr. Castro explains the causes of depression to students