Seminar on Inclusive Education for Pre-Service & In-Service Teachers in Iligan

Seminar on Inclusive Education for Pre-Service & In-Service Teachers in Iligan

The Teacher’s Gallery Programs Consultant and a Retired DepEd Supervisor, Dr. Serry Vargas, together with  Teacher Liza Duyao – TTG Programs Manager, started the year with providing a free seminar for Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers on inclusive education last January 13 – 14, 2020 at the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City.

This activity was made possible through the collaboration between The Teacher’s Gallery and the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) College of Education, headed by their College Dean, Dr. Amy Buan.

There were 306 Pre-Service Teachers from MSU-IIT College of Education and 63 In-Service Teachers from the different public schools in Iligan and faculty members of MSU-IIT that attended this 2-day Seminar Workshop. The theme for this program is Teaching With No Limits: An Introduction to Inclusive Education Focusing on Learners with Disabilities.

Topics discussed includes:

  • Legal bases of inclusive education
  • Concept of Disability and Impairment
  • Barriers to Inclusion
  • Classroom strategies in handling learners with disabilities 
  • Common indicators of learners with:
    • Autism
    • ADHD/ADD
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Learning Disability
    • Sensory Impairment: Hearing and Vision
    • Physical and Multiple Disabilities
    • Emotional and Behavioral Disorder
    • Speech and Language Impairment

Last January 15, the College of Education of the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology held its 15th Pinning and Moving Up Ceremony for its Pre-Service Teachers. Dr. Serry Vargas graced the event as the honorable guest speaker.

The Teacher’s Gallery and the College of Education of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology is looking forward to a more strengthened partnership for its shared advocacy of empowering educators in promoting a quality and inclusive learning environment for the Filipino youth.

TTG Executive Director, #IskolarParaSaBayan of Australia Awards

TTG Executive Director, #IskolarParaSaBayan of Australia Awards

TTG Executive Director, Ms. Mai Roble, is now up for new and exciting learning adventures as #IskolarParaSaBayan sponsored by Australia Awards. Ms. Roble is one of the 37 Filipino scholars headed to Australia this January 2020 to pursue postgraduate studies in areas that are key to the Philippine development.

About Australia Awards Scholarship

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government, offering the next generation of Filipino leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research, and professional development.

Australia Awards Scholarships gives current and future Filipino leaders fully-funded postgraduate education (master’s and PhD) at any of Australia’s world-class universities. This will equip Filipino leaders with the knowledge and skills to contribute to Philippine development through their re-entry action plans or REAP.

Applications are strongly encouraged from all eligible citizens of the Philippines. The application process is open and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or disability.

First Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia

First Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia

Teachers, education leaders, members of the government and industry, as well as STEM advocates from different parts of Asia, gathered together for the momentous First Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia, happened in Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu, Philippines last November 21-24, 2019.

This leadership summit is co-organized by US-based STEM Leadership Alliance (SLA) and UNILAB Foundation and is supported by The Teacher’s Gallery.

With 65 renowned speakers from the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia, this Summit provided a platform for the important stakeholders to synergize their skills with the needs of both local and global communities and, more importantly, build a community of STEM champions who will work together towards advancing STEM Education, promote STEM careers and sustainable solutions. The goal is to bridge the existing gap in the academe and industry by preparing today’s learners in the demands of the workforce. It is evident that the education system must be guided and supported by integrated STEM Leaders to help them connect K to 12 curriculum to real-world applications. Several breakout sessions were in place to encourage in-depth interactions and group discussions.

The theme for Day 1 is focused on Navigating and Understanding the Integrated STEM Education Landscape. Distinguished guest resource speakers have talked about how integrated STEM looks like in learning environments.

Arthur Eisenkraft, Ph.D, Distinguished professor of Science Education and Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) in University of Massachusetts Boston, highlighted the importance of helping learners filter important information from the bad ones and make education meaningful for them. He emphasized the need for asking four essential questions — what does it mean, how do we know, why we do believe, and why we should care — to make an active STEM learning experience.

According to Victoria Levin, Senior Economist from The World Bank, the 21st Century well-educated person is someone that has these 3 essential skills: cognitive skills, technical skills, and socio-emotional skills. She highlighted the importance of teaching our students in nurturing their socio-emotional skills as they matter in their educational outcomes. 

The discussions in Day 2 focused on Strengthening the K-12 System Towards Innovative Solutions for Socio-Economic Development. The sessions highlighted the relevance of STEM Education to the real world concerns as well as the role of industries in integrated STEM. Members from the government, industry, and academe also shared their initiatives in STEM integration through a panel discussion.

Day 3 is geared on Articulating Future Pathways to Create Shared Initiatives to Advance Integrated STEM. Advancing Integrated STEM should be anchored on the importance of integrating soft skills to education.

Dr. Joyce Malyn-Smith, Director for Strategic Initiatives in Workforce and Human Development Education Development Center, mentioned that academic skills are not enough to succeed. Students need to be able to draw upon all their problem solving skills to save time and money for the company.

Raffle items and cool freebies were given away to educators who dropped by and signed up at The Teacher’s Gallery booth. Lucky winners of the raffle received exclusive TTG jackets and The Power of a Teacher books by Dr. Adam Saenz.

DepEd’s 1st National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education

DepEd’s 1st National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education

This November 2019 marks a milestone as the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified international human rights treaty. The Department of Education celebrates the essential truth that ‘every child, no matter how small, is a whole person with dignity and rights’ during the National Children’s Month every November, as mandated by Republic Act No. 10661, otherwise known as the “National Children’s Month Act”. This is to commemorate the adoption of the CRC by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989 and “instill its significance in the Filipino conciousness.”

Officials and personnel from elementary and secondary public and private schools, DepEd officials and personnel from the Central, Regional, and Schools Divisions Offices, as well as partners and stakeholders from the national and local government agencies, international organizations, private organizations, businesses, media and various civil society organizations (CSOs), including The Teacher’s Gallery’s non-profit arm – Inclusion Initiative, gathered for the First National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education last November 14-15 at The Heritage Hotel Manila, Roxas Boulevard corner EDSA, Pasay City. Children themselves and their parents are also participants of this momentous gathering.

This event is a maiden national gathering of the Department of Education through the Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs with the support of UNICEF, Save the Children, Council for the Welfare of Children, Plan International, Child Protection Network, and Ateneo Human Rights Center.

The Summit aims to reaffirm the commitment of stakeholders to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of the child, as enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, other domestic laws and rules, and international law, primarily the CRC. It also aims to unpack the various rights of the child in the context of basic education and provide a venue to deepen appreciation of these rights by both the rights-holders and duty-bearers in a rights-based framework of basic education. It served as an occasion to celebrate successes in upholding these rights and identify challenges in their realization to help address them with a whole-of-society approach, which necessarily includes the participation of children themselves as rights-holders.

Leaders and stakeholders stated their commitments in respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the rights of the child. Reaffirmation of commitment were heard from the following honorable guests, followed by a symbolic covenant signing:

  • Hon. Sherwin T. Gatchalian – Senator, Republic of the Philippines and Chairperson, Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture
  • Hon. Roman T. Romulo – Representative, Pasig City, Lone District and Chairperson, Committee on Basic Education and Culture
  • Undersecretary Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy – Undersecretary and Executive Director, Council for the Welfare of Children
  • H.E. Maria Teresa Almojuela – Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson – National President, League of Municipalities of the Philippines
  • Dr. Lourdes Sese –  President, Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA)
  • Mr. Reynaldo Antonio Laguda – Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress
  • Ms. Jing Castañeda – Anchor/Host, ABS-CBN and Program Director, Bantay Bata 163
  • Mr. Lars Jorgenssen – Executive Director, Stairway Foundation

In Day 1, the panel discussion focused on the role of duty-bearers in promoting child rights in basic education in a local context.

Separate parallel sessions were in place for the adults and for the students. Adult parallel sessions are focused on the following themes:

  1. Right to survival in relation to basic education
  2. Right of access to basic education
  3. Right to quality education
  4. Right to protection in relation to basic education
  5. Right to participation in relation to basic education

Sessions for Children:

  1. Children’s rights in education
  2. E-Learning course on children’s rights: I Am a Child

Day 2 morning session was dedicated in the presentation of group outputs from Day 1 parallel sessions. Both adults and children showcased their reports and explained their takeaways from their discussions.

After witnessing the Summit outputs, Department of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones started delivering her keynote speech by referring herself as “Lola Liling”. Addressing her speech to the young audience, she said “We are now moving towards quality education. This is your constitutional right. So if you feel that you are not getting quality education in whatever school you are in, it is your right, your priviledge and your duty to call our attention to it as learners and as parents because it is a constitutional right…”

The Summit was concluded with inspirational messages from partners and stakeholders and teachers.

TTG supports the First Integrated STEM Summit in Asia

TTG supports the First Integrated STEM Summit in Asia

Government, industry, education leaders and STEM advocates are invited to join the First Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia will take place on November 21-24, 2019 at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu, Philippines.

Developing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) literate citizenry that can synergize their skills with the needs of both local and global communities is vital if we are to navigate through a rapidly changing world.

The First Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia emphasizes the need for shared efforts among diverse sectors and provides a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue and collaboration among government, academe, industry, and community. The Summit is organized by the STEM Leadership Alliance Philippine Affiliate and is initiated by this year’s Secretariat, Unilab Foundation’s STEM+ PH and the Center for Integrated STEM Education in the Philippines (CISTEM).

Summit Goals

  • Create a platform for government, industry, academe, and the larger community to share current situations and existing initiatives focused on Integrated STEM, and to prepare today’s students to be part of the workforce of the future;
  • Develop a community of Integrated STEM Leaders that connects K-12 to real-world applications, shifting from an interdisciplinary to a multidisciplinary to a trans-disciplinary approach;
  • Create an evidence-based framework of the roles of each shareholders; and
  • Cultivate Integrated STEM Leaders who will become champions and advocates for Integrated STEM in their region.
Summit Goals
  • Create a platform for government, industry, academe, and the larger community to share current situations and existing initiatives focused on Integrated STEM, and to prepare today’s students to be part of the workforce of the future;
  • Develop a community of Integrated STEM Leaders that connects K-12 to real-world applications, shifting from an interdisciplinary to a multidisciplinary to a trans-disciplinary approach;
  • Create an evidence-based framework of the roles of each shareholders; and
  • Cultivate Integrated STEM Leaders who will become champions and advocates for Integrated STEM in their region.
Target Participants
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Principals
  • Teacher Associations
  • Post-Secondary Education Leaders
  • Business/Industry Leaders
  • Technical and Vocational Education Providers
  • Out-of-School Providers
  • Museum Curators
  • Government Officials and Policymakers
  • Non-profit Educational Organizations and Foundations
  • Superintendents and District Leaders
Thematic Areas

Day 1

Navigating and Understanding the Integrated STEM Education Landscape

 Topics:

  • Industry 4.0 Workforce for the Developing World
  • The Role of STEM in Achieving our SDGs
  • Socio-emotional Learning in STEM
  • Integrated STEM in the Classroom

Day 2

Strengthening the STEM pK-12 System Towards Innovative Solutions for Socio-Economic Development

Topics:

  • Leadership in STEM pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning
  • Engaging Women & Girls in STEM
  • STEM Integration
  • STEM Initiatives of Industries in the Philippines
  • Government-Industry-Education Alliance

Day 3

Articulating Future Pathways to Create Shared Initiatives to Advance Integrated STEM

Topics:

  • Integrated STEM Best Practices in Central Asia
  • Importance of GIE Collaboration
  • STEM Leadership Alliance Philippine Affiliate
  • The Role of Government and Industry in Promoting the STEM Agenda

Click here to visit the official website for registration and other details.