Hundreds of Educators participates in the Wellness Wheel Exhibit

Hundreds of Educators participates in the Wellness Wheel Exhibit

The Teacher’s Gallery (TTG) was one of the major sponsors of the Association of DepEd Directors (ADD)’s event named “Hold IT In Trust: LEADING in the Time of Industry 4.0” last September 25-27, 2018 at Manila Mariott Hotel Grand Ballroom, Pasay City. The assembly provided education leader-participants the opportunity to strengthen their capabilities in achieving the goals of the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum Program.

The team invited Dr. Adam Saenz as one of the Keynote Speaker in the event and he received a warm welcome from the participants after his keynote presentation. The team held a book signing and picture-taking with Dr. Adam Saenz especially to those who bought his book titled as “The Power of a Teacher.”

The event was attended by thousands of leaders in education and hundreds of them participated in the Wellness Wheel where participants answered a total of fifty (50) questions and the results of their answers were plotted on the wheel to see the shape of their five (5) key aspects of being: occupational, emotional, spiritual, financial, and physical being.

The exhibit is to solely promote TTG’s upcoming Wellness Workshop titled as “The Power of a Teacher: It Can Change a Student’s Life. It Can Change the World” which will be held on October 17-19, 2018 at the Tagaytay Haven Hotel. Interested? Read here.

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.

Treats for Teachers

Treats for Teachers

“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” – Ever Garrison

As we celebrate the National Teachers’ Month this September 2018, the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council posted activities for teachers as “10 Acts of Gratitude.” If you are a teacher, make sure to bookmark these exciting activities made especially for you this month!

1. Educational Tours in Museums for FREE

Have extraordinary experiences through free entrances on the following museums for the whole month of National Teachers’ Month:

2. 39th Manila International Book Fair (September 12-16, 2018)

Teachers visiting the Book Fair will be granted entrance for free at the Hall 1 in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The annual event is one of the country’s biggest book events and will not just include the usual genre of books but will also include book launches, signings, dialogues with our co-readers!

3. Power of A Teacher’s Heart Wellness Seminar-Workshop

Did you know that The Teacher’s Gallery is gearing up for our upcoming Wellness Seminar with the world-renowned Keynote Speaker Dr. Adam L. Saenz, who is also the author of “The Power of A Teacher’s Heart.” The workshop is a combination of mindfulness practices and a wellness guide developed by Adam Saenz, a psychologist and therapist and most importantly, an advocate for maximizing teacher impact in the classroom.

Learn more by clicking here. 

4. And other Seminar Conferences for Teachers

Teachers are invited to attend a 3-day lecture about topics on cyber-education that will be facilitated by SEAMEO INNOTECH, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and World Vision. There will also be 300 teachers invited to a FREE 3-day Alternative National Seminar Conference: “Educator’s Life Care Conversation, Artshop, and Playshop Conference” hosted by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

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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


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.

Early Childhood Educators Convened for Inclusion Strategies

Early Childhood Educators Convened for Inclusion Strategies

Last August 17-19, 2018, The Teacher’s Gallery convened early childhood educators to discuss Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) and share techniques in classroom to accommodate diverse learners. The workshop-seminar was held at Tagaytay International Convention Center. 

Keynote speaker, Ms. Andrea Stavrakas, MA, welcomed the audiences by explaining the basic concepts and core considerations of DAP which revolved around the discourse that no students are alike. Hence, it’s crucial to understand differences of children – further discussing the various principles of child development, and guidelines for effective teaching. Ms. Stavrakas was then followed by Ms. Amcy Esteban elaborating the framework for teaching that is grounded on research on child development and learning which seeks to promote optimal learning and development. While Session 4 & 5 ponder with the topics of Effective Teaching and Curriculum: DAP and Intentionality and Bringing the DAP: Child Assessment and Relationship with Families facilitated by Ms. Jagilen Dela Cruz, participants were shown video clips of international early childhood development practices to emphasize how the strategies work. 


To cap off the first day, educators participated in the Karaoke Night of the Evening Socials and got to know each other more. Most of the karaoke singers even exceeded the standing ovation through creative paraphrasing of the lyrics to show their passion in teaching. 

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, we should teach the way they learn.” – Mai Roble

The 2nd day first speaker Ms. Michelle Sevilla highlighted the importance of assessment as a developmental screening used to assess the needs of the child and proper classroom-based assessment. In the next session, Ms. Andrea Stavrakas explains the Developmental Characteristics of Children at Different Ages and Practices that are most appropriate for children each age. Next speaker, Ms. Mai Roble presented Child and Adult Guided Experiences which are about the flexible teaching strategies through creativity, building blocks, copying and transferring learning – emphasizing on “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, we should teach the way they learn.”After a quick break, Ms. Andrea Stavrakas expounded more on the Differentiating Instructions – Why & How.

Mr. Gerry Rivas clarified the difference of instructions in Early Math, the Impact of Excessive Screen Time on Development and Well Being. To wrap up the day, Ms. Andrea Stavrakas focused on how educators can help the struggling readers in the inclusive classroom. 

The last session during day 3 emphasized about the Strategies that work: Classroom Looping – when a teacher moves with a group of students to the next grade instead of sending them to a new teacher which has the potential to provide that consistency that is critical for attachment; one of the benefits of classroom looping is students feel comfortable talking to their teachers as a trusted mentor, and will often share stories that most students would not typically share their teacher. In result, this practices developed a high level of caring and respect in their classrooms. 

To conclude the 3-day seminar-workshop, participants were asked to do a photo-op per region with the invited resource persons. 

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.