Baguio City – The Cordillera office of Department of Education (DepEd-CAR) conducted and will conduct the 2nd Tranche Mass Training of Senior High School Teachers in the Academic Tracks from March 11 to 18, 2017, and March 23 to 30, 2017, under DepEd Regional Memorandum 075, s.2017 and in line with Republic Act (RA) No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, and the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
The objective of the activity is to provide teachers with a concrete understanding of the Curriculum Frameworks, Learning Standards and Competencies, Teaching Plans and Assessments. Participants to the activity are all senior high school (SHS) teachers in the STEM, ABM, HUMSS and GAS strands of the academic tracks from the eight school divisions in CAR. For the first batch, there were 118 participants for the training on STEM and 51 for the ABM strands which were conducted last March 11 to 18, 2017, at the University of the Cordilleras.
Representatives from DepEd-CAR were present during the opening program which was held on the afternoon of March 10. Among the representatives who were present are from the Curriculum & Learning Management Division headed by the OIC-Chief Education Supervisor Sabado D. Oayet, Education Program Supervisor in Mathematics Romulo B. Basa, from the Quality and Assurance Division Yves Y. Sixto, from the Human Resources Development Division headed by the OIC-Education Program Supervisor Emilia M. Faustino, and the DepEd Regional Director herself, Beatriz G. Torno. Director Torno spoke to the trainees as co-motivator, co-trainer, co-facilitator, co-researchers, and co-inspirers of the 21st-century learners. On the same day, the trainers were oriented on the flow of the 8-day training. The trainers for the different courses are professors from the University of the Cordilleras as experts in their own field.
For this first batch, the topics covered were Curriculum Frameworks, Learning Standards and Competencies, Teaching Plans and Assessments of the different courses in the STEM and ABM strands. The focus of the training was not merely on the content of each course but more on the strategies, techniques, and approaches in teaching the different courses most especially that majority of the SHS teachers are teaching courses that are not in line with their area of specialization. Brainstorming and demonstration teaching were also conducted by the trainees.
One focus of the training is the proper conduct of research. As an output, each group was tasked to produce a research mainly on the ongoing implementation of the SHS program. On the last day of the training, a representative from each group presented the findings and as well as their conclusions and recommendations. As a result, three general findings came out from these researches on the implementation of the SHS curriculum. Among these findings are needs for instructional supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and instructional resources.
“Huli man daw and matsing, naihahabol din,” according to Ms. Faustino during the closing program pertaining to the findings above. In the closing program, a representative from the different sections gave their insights and impressions on the training on the specific strands of the Academic Track.
The 2nd batch of the said training will be held on March 23 to 30, 2017, at Saint Louis University for SHS teachers in the HUMSS and GAS strands.
BY CLARITA EMILIO EDDIO