Dr. Willie Cabral
K to 12 is an organizational and administrative operation to bring Philippine secondary education up to par with the rest of the world. It is the most comprehensive educational reform of secondary education in the Philippines in many decades. It is a necessary reform, but it is not sufficient to lift the quality of Philippine education to international standards, since it does not adequately address the major factors that determine the quality of education: teaching and learning.
Last October 14, 2015, the Communication Foundation for Asia held “The Challenges of K-12” workshop that aimed to lift the quality of teaching & learning in our schools. Attending the workshop were educators and school administrators from across the Philippines.
Dr. Emerita Reyes
The first resource speaker Dr. Willie Cabral provided the foundation of the workshop. He talked about the experiences of the K-12 program and how they can be properly implemented. The next speaker Dr. Emerita Reyes shared the ongoing practices of the K-12 program at the University of Makati. She showed examples as to how they were able to properly execute it in the Philippine setting.
Mr. Henri “Henk” Ankoné with participants
The workshop lead speaker Mr. Henri “Henk” Ankoné focused his talk on “Effective Learning and Teaching”. He involved each participant through a series of workshops in designing ideal lesson formats for their respective schools. He encouraged innovations to aid them, as they brave the latest education reform.
“The Challenges of K-12” workshop will soon be available as a massive open online course (MOOC). Visit these websites cfamedia.org and facebook.com/paglinang for developments of the course.
60 Kindergarten teachers, 58 Math teachers and 20 Home-based educators gathered for the KATHA 2014 launch held on July 12, 2014 at Valenzuela National High School. The 10-day staggered schedule training-workshop was initiated by the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA), Office of Cong. Magtanggol “Magi” Gunigundo and the Educational Resources on Multilingualism and Multiculturalism for All Teachers (ERMMAT) in cooperation with the Valenzuela Department of Education, University of the Philippines Family Life and Child Development group (UP FLCD) and UP Layap.
The plenary session started with the opening remarks from Dr. Willie Cabral, DepEd Superintendent Division of City Schools Valenzuela, followed by a keynote address given by Cong. Gunigundo. He talked about MTB-MLE provisions of the new K-12 Law (RA 10533).
Fr. Benjamin Alforque, MSC of CFA gave a talk on Integrating Values and Culture in Education, while Dr. Ricardo Ma. Nolasco, associate professor of the UP Diliman Department of Linguistics discussed What MTB-MLE is and What it is Not.
Parallel sessions began on the afternoon. The resource speakers were Ms. Micah del Mundo, Ms. Charla Santiago and Mr. Lester Lim of UP FLCD, and the math duo Ms. Pauline Mangulabnan of DLSU, Manila and Mr. Robert Contreras.
KATHA aims to continue and sustain the efforts of stakeholders in orienting, educating and preparing the teachers, school heads, parents and communities to support the new language-in-education policy of the government. The resource pool for Katha 2014 includes experts from CFA, UP Diliman, De La Salle University Manila, Colegio de San Agustin Manila, University of Sto. Tomas and Ateneo de Manila University.