Caritas Christi urget nos!
(By: Mrs. Evelyn Pacquing)
More than 250 teacher education students and professionals converged during the 6th Regional Pre- Service and In- Service Teachers Summit held at Global Center of St. Paul University Philippines on April 4-6, 2018.
Guided by its theme @Capacitating the Pre- Service Teachers for the New Teacher Education Curriculum,” the 3-day seminar aimed at acquainting the participants with the Enhanced K to12 Curriculum Framework, Basic and Global Teacher Education Standards and Competencies, Proposed Teacher education Curriculum for AY 2018-2019, and the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers. Moreover, it provided the participants with opportunities to deepen their content knowledge on different learning areas, to be equipped with teaching-learning methodologies via demonstrations by the facilitators and selected pre-service teachers and to present researches related to the field.
During the opening program, Sr. Merceditas O. Ang, SPC, welcome remarks, reiterated the need for competent 21st century teachers who must be equipped with necessary skills appropriate to meet the demands of the millennial learners. Dr. Honorato R. Alzate, Director IV, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Region 02 inspired the participants by sharing his experiences on being a teacher. “Teaching requires passion and dedication,” he added.
Dr. Pilar B. Acorda, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Teacher Education (SASTE) presented the rationale of the program. She emphasized that the conduct of the summit is reflective of SPUP’s role as Center of Excellence in Teacher Education for Region 02. Dr. Billy P. Siddayao, SASTE Associate Dean, presented the trainers and participants thereafter. For the smooth and successful conduct of the seminar, Ms. Evelyn L. Pacquing, Academic Team Leader for Languages expound the guidelines for all the scheduled activities.
Various lecture presentations were also given and facilitated by reputable speakers. Dr. Almacita P. Abrigo, Education Supervisor II, CHED, Region II, presented a lecture on the updates on the New General Education Curriculum. She likewise presented the policies concerning admission of students for college A.Y. 2018- 2019. She also emphasized that quality education begins with best teachers and that learning is a life- long process.
Dr. Virginia C. Liquigan, Member, CHED Technical Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education (TCESE) highlighted the plenary sessions as she underscored on the updates pertinent to the New Teacher Education Curriculum. She pointed out the essentials of the curriculum, that it should have national and international contexts. Moreover, she presented information on the development of the New Teacher Education Curriculum including the frequently asked questions about it.
Parallel sessions on the content/ strategies of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum, socialization and other evening activities, research presentations and demonstration teaching made the rest of the summit a very worthwhile experience.
As one participant from a nearby university remarked, “this summit is such a timely event before the Commencement Exercises.”