It is with great pleasure that we congratulate the graduates of our 2017 Teacher Certificate Program (TCP-CDDS). The 442 graduates are senior high school teachers from 230 private schools located all over the country. They received their certificates during the culmination of their four-day Demofest, which was held at St. Paul University Manila.
We developed the TCP-CDDS in partnership with St. Paul University Manila as a product of our commitment to help educators provide innovative education to next-generation learners. As a special training program designed specifically for Senior High School teachers, the TCP-CDDS introduced concepts and procedures relevant to designing and supervising classroom instruction and promoted in-depth mastery of content per subject area or discipline.
The program was conducted from August 2016 to May 2017 and engaged 12 groups (Dagupan-Cabanatuan, Naga, NCR 1, NCR 2, CDO, Mindoro, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Aklan, Zambales, and Bohol) in intensive curriculum development and instructional teaching training. It was open to participating schools with a duly signed Memorandum of Agreement with REX Book Store Inc. and St. Paul University Manila.
The program included the following courses:
- Designing and Developing the Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
- Curriculum Implementation and Supervision (3 units)
- Current Trends in Teaching and Learning: Models and Methodologies (3 units)
- Assessment and Evaluation of Learning (3 units)
- Elective/Demofest (6 units)
Besides increasing teachers’ abilities in developing and adopting innovative curriculums, tools, and strategies, the program awarded successful participants 12 units of credit (out of the 18 MA units equivalency of the TCP program) should they decide to pursue full graduate studies.
REX Book Store’s Chief Operating Officer Don Timothy Buhain congratulated the graduates and reiterated that to instill the needed reforms, the “seeds” of change must be planted now, in the classroom.
Books alone won’t make the child better. It’s an ecosystem of things—the books, the assessment, the intervention, but most importantly, you, the teachers… You are the ones who will inspire the students to become better. REX Book Store sees you as partners in reaching our highest aspirations for our Filipino youth; the program Para sa Bata, which aims to provide excellent professional development programs for our teachers, would not be successful without you at the helm,
– Don Timothy Buhain, COO
Teaching for lifelong learning
During the ceremonies, group leaders – Mark Daniel Cruz (Columban College, Olongapo City), Andy Boncayao (Mt. Carmel High School, Quezon Province), Mary Joy Duhay Lungsod (Lyceum of Iligan Foundation), Allan Capunfuerza (Dominican College, Tarlac), and Nesie Fe Binatero (Bohol Wisdom School) – who represented the five major subject areas – shared their experiences.
Cruz, a Social Studies teacher, said that the program has greatly prepared them to become highly effective teachers who will meet the learning needs of their senior high school students. “Education is a lifelong process of learning. All of us are gathered here to learn and experience something new and something that we can apply in real-life classroom situations. It is very important for us to update ourselves in the different strategies and methodologies that we can use to make each day full of lifelong learning experiences,” he shared.
“The implementation of Senior High School in our country is a challenging yet timely change. As expressed by Robin Sharma, ‘All change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and so beautiful at the end.’ The SHS program is indeed very difficult when it was initiated. Ultimately, by welcoming it with open arms and minds, adapting to this continuous process of change is made more engaging and rewarding with the help of training programs, like REX’s Para sa Bata TCP, given to all stakeholders, most especially us, teachers,” remarked Duhay Lungsod.
Meanwhile, Binatero said that by helping enhance their proficiencies, the SHS-TCP helped them become more “responsive” educators. “More than the certificate, the Para sa Bata program has greatly influenced us to be the kind of educators that this world should have, the ones who go beyond academics and grades because we hone the spiritual, human value, talents, and deep wisdom of each child.”
For Capunfuerza, the TCP underscored the immense role of teachers in imparting holistic lifelong learning and why they need to become the kind of teacher who makes a real and lasting impact in the lives of his or her students. “In behalf of the Math group, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the people behind the TCP. Please continue supporting and helping us teachers in developing our teaching and learning strategies and gaining academic requirements needed for our professional growth. Both St. Paul Manila and REX are truly partners in the field of education towards attaining academic excellence,” he added.
Lastly, Boncayao is thankful that he took part in the Para sa Bata journey to academic excellence. “While we are challenged by the 21st century together with the educational reforms set forth by the K-12 program of the Department of Education, teachers – through determination, openness to new ways and ideas, relentless passion to impart knowledge, and, of course, support from partners like REX – will overcome whatever setback.”
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