Inclusive Schools Week PH 2018

Inclusive Schools Week PH 2018

Inclusion is an advocacy that is truly growing in today’s Philippine society, supported by the goal of quality education to be made accessible to all. This has opened our doors to diversity within the space where education thrives, pushing progress forward for students hindered by disability, gender, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.

To commemorate this, we would like to invite various schools and stakeholders to celebrate the Inclusive Schools Week PH 2018, the first-ever celebration of inclusive education in the Philippines on December 3-7, 2018.

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event in the USA sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc. This time, the annual event will be spearheaded by The Teacher’s Gallery in the Philippine setting. This is a celebration of fostering inclusion for all students who come from all kinds of backgrounds.

Principals, administrators, teachers, leaders, students, parents – everyone who plays a role in inclusive education is invited to join the celebration. Create your own workshops, group discussions, and simulations to learn more about inclusion and its applications.

Through this, we hope to spark a meaningful discussion with educators, students, and parents on what inclusion means in education spaces. These may be a classroom, school, and community-wide initiatives – all contributed by everyone who will participate. By joining together in this celebration, we hope that we would be able to unite as one in creating more inclusive environments within schools and the communities to which they belong, contributing to creating a more inclusive society.

If you’re interested in celebrating inclusion with us this December 3-7, 2018, click the button for the application form and you can download our toolkit, publicity materials, and flexible program template that you can use to help you get you started.

The Power of a Teacher’s Heart

The Power of a Teacher’s Heart

Be reminded of your VALUE and IMPACT as an educator!

Invite your teacher friends and colleagues so you’ll learn together the real power of a teacher’s heart!

Why we need this seminar-workshop?

According to a survey of 100 teachers in Metro Manila by Thelma Rabago-Mingoa of De La Salle University, the five most common sources of stress are:

  1. having too much paperwork
  2. high cost of living
  3. financial concerns primarily attributed to an insufficient salary
  4. oversized classes and
  5. being too busy

As a result, these teachers in Metro Manila are facing fatigue, neck shoulder and lower back pain, sleep disturbances, and headaches. Teachers have cited coping mainly through sedentary behaviors and distractions including watching television and going to the mall, or movies. Additionally, the research of Sharehann T. Lucman on the self-image and social status of Filipino teachers sheds light on the fact that because society views the teaching profession as inferior to other professions, teachers experience various forms of anxiety. There is a dissonance between this lack of respect for the teaching profession and the view teachers often have of themselves as influential social actors. While there is much high-level and long-term policy work to be done in elevating the teaching profession and increasing the rigor of training programs, for the time being there is no doubt that teachers would benefit from learning and habitually practicing mental exercises and reflection that would help mitigate these factors or at least shift the negativity being imposed upon them by the education environment. This is not only the case with the Philippines. Globally, research has found that teachers are similarly feeling stressed, disrespected and less enthusiastic about their jobs. In the “2017 Educator Quality of Work Life Survey” of over 4000 educators, 61% of educators find work “always” or “often” stressful. The workshop is a combination of mindfulness practices and a wellness guide developed by Adam Saenz, author of The Power of a Teacher, a psychologist and therapist and most importantly, an advocate for maximizing teacher impact in the classroom.

What will you learn?

  1. Redefining Your Purpose: Why I Chose to Be a Teacher?
  2. Identifying and Dealing With Obstacles to Become an Effective Teacher
  3. Power of a Teacher: Understand Your Value and Impact
  4. Balance and Wellbeing: Living the Life of the Thriving Educator
  5. Adapting Holistic Wellness
  6. Financial Freedom Through Financial Literacy
  7. Stress Management 101: Moving Your Career from Bitter to Better

Dr. Adam L. Saenz

How did he go from juvenile detention to two doctorates, with training at Harvard Medical School and Oxford University?  Adam Sáenz will tell you: it was the power of community. Whether you’re searching for a reason to believe or you just need a hope-filled reminder, the bottom line is that you do have tremendous power to make a difference in your world, and Dr. Sáenz’ message will compel you to engage your calling with passion, with purpose, and with vision. Now, as a licensed psychologist and theologian, Dr. Sáenz conducts workshops across the country in the areas of stress management, self-care, and the dynamics of effective relationship and team-building.  Dr. Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University with clinical training at Harvard Medical School.  He completed his post doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  He also earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at Christ Church College of Oxford University.

The Power of a Teacher

Remember? YOU WENT INTO EDUCATION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Whether you are searching for a reason to believe or you just need a hope-filled reminder, the bottom line is that you do have tremendous power to make a difference. Dr. Saenzs The Power of a Teacher is the result of years of research and professional development conducted in school districts nationwide. Between the covers of this book you will find unique encouragement and an accessible wellness guide designed specifically for teachers to nurture peak-experience teaching. In The Power of a Teacher you will: – Develop wellbeing! Take Dr. Saenz 50-item Teacher Wellness Inventory to identify strengths and weakness in the occupational, emotional, financial, spiritual and physical areas of your life. Each chapter is loaded with practical action steps to increase your wellbeing. – Get connected! The Power of a Teacher is filled with discussion questions to create interaction and dialogue between you and your colleagues. Build the support and accountability you need to live and teach well. – Be inspired! Read the stories of real people whose lives were changed by real teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is the registration fee and what are the inclusions?

  • Early Bird Rate (Until September 30 only) Php 7,650
  • Regular Rate (October 1 onwards) Php 8,500
  • Power Club member – Php 7,650
  • PWD, Senior Citizen –  20% discount on posted rates

Registration fee inclusions:

  • Workshop Kit
  • AM & PM Snacks
  • Meals
  • Certificate
  • 3 days and 2 nights accommodation

Where can we send the payment for the registration?

  • Kindly send your payments on the bank account specified below:
    • Bank Name: Banco De Oro
    • Account Name: The Teacher’s Gallery Inc.
    • Account Number: 000390429627
    • Swift / BIC Code: BNORPHMM

What are the things to bring and the dress code?

To ensure a fast and smooth transaction on the first day of the seminar-workshop, all participants are advised to bring the following:

  • printed copy of the acknowledgement letter with registration number (this is the number found on the upper right hand side of the letter).
  • proof of payment or deposit slip with printed name/s of the participant/s
  • valid ID
  • you may also bring umbrella, folding fan, and extra shirt for sudden change in weather condition and a water bottle for your convenience.

Smart casual is the dress code for this event.

Inclusion Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers

Inclusion Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers

The Teacher’s Gallery is a social enterprise that aims to empower Filipino educators in building inclusive communities. As part of our advocacy, we recognize that all learners start to develop their individual potential at young age and it is crucial for us, educators, to bring out the best in our learners for them to know the never-ending possibilities and share their excitement of discoveries.

We have invited our dear friends and colleagues specializing in Early Childhood curriculum. One of our keynote speaker is Miss Andrea Stavrakas, M.A., a Special Education Inclusion Specialist (K-5) in Wellesley Public Schools in Massachusetts, USA. Also, she is an Adjunct Instructor who develops professional development or graduate courses for teachers, and a known Academic Coach and Mentor for special education teachers and teaching assistants for students with disabilities.

International Summit on Inclusive Education – Part 2

International Summit on Inclusive Education – Part 2

#YesToInclusion because #InclusionWorks

Building on the momentum of the first part of the international summit held last February 2017, this second part aims to continue the dialogue in inclusive education and broaden its scope to address exclusion due to gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and again, ability.

It is designed to serve as an open, participatory platform for all of us to share, collaborate, identify critical gaps in current practices and policies and co-create new ideas, approaches, methodologies and best practices. This multi-stakeholder approach and break-out session structure of the summit will enable and empower participants to engage in deep exploration and analysis of the issues confronting each marginalized sector and address cross cutting concerns in making inclusive education a reality.

  • Traditional special education solution, lack of unified strategy – and diverse understanding on inclusion concept
  • There is a little to no convergence of programs that could optimize use of resources to address education needs for all children
  • There are no clear processes for consolidating, learning from, sharing knowledge, and taking action on inclusive education
  • There are schools that are unsafe and inaccessible that further contribute to exclusion
  • Comprehensive Inclusive Education Act that encompass DepEd, TESDA, and CHED policies
  • Ordinances from local governments allocating support and funding for cross-sectoral support encompassing education-health-nutrition-protection concerns
  • A mandate from the President to all concerned agencies to support inclusive education.
  • To effectively integrate Inclusive Education in the Philippine Educational System
  • To increase enrollment of marginalized children in quality education and promote inclusion
  • To cultivate caring families, competent teachers and supportive administrators to implement a learner-centered, differentiated pedagogy
  • To promote safe and accessible learning environment for all learners

Event Highlights:

International Summit in Inclusive Education – Part 1

International Summit in Inclusive Education – Part 1

This Summit hopes to set the cornerstone for building a thoughtful and proactive community for inclusive education. Given the broad scope of inclusive education that covers people with disabilities, indigenous people, Muslims and other marginalized communities, most of the topics and discussion at this February Summit will focus on people with disabilities. It is our end goal to build on this Summit as the beginning of a series of conferences, the greater essence of inclusive education – education for all.

Our international speaker is Dr. Tony Booth of the University of Cambridge and author of the celebrated book, Index to Inclusion, which has been translated to over 40 languages. He will lead us in rethinking in detail what he calls inclusive values which would enable us to both engage students, parents and the larger community and to connect us with other initiatives such as special education support programs, Madrasah and alternative learning systems.

Dr. Booth will be joined by Mr. David Hoff of the Massachusetts based Institute for Community Inclusion to discuss employment strategies for PWDs. We have extraordinary speakers sharing their overcoming-disability-to succeed success stories.  Schools, both public and private, parents, and service providers have been invited to tell their best practices/perspectives on how inclusion works for their children.

The Summit is being co presented by The Teacher’s Gallery and SMX/SM Cares and is supported in planning by the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST), Unilab Project Inclusion, The Asia Foundation/Fully Abled Nation, Best Buddies, Save the Children, ATRIEV, Norfil Foundation, Center for Possibilities Foundation Inc., Leonard Cheshire Disability, CEU Inclusion Program, Reach International and UP College of Education.