The winners of the 5th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards together with representatives of Bayan Academy, Knowledge Channel Foundation, REX Book Store, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, and the Department of Education
The 5th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) recently honored four schools, two school divisions, and one school principal. Held last August 29 at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater, the EETA ceremony paid tribute to the following for promoting transformative education:
Create and Learning Paths (CLP) created a culture of peace and inclusion among 21st century learners. One in every five CLP students has special needs – hearing impairment, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. CLP students also have different cultural, political, and social backgrounds.
Lawit Elementary School is located in a remote baranggay in Misamis Oriental. It implemented the Instructional Management by Parents, Community and Teachers (IMPACT) program. IMPACT brought the entire village to the school. It also conducted home visits and provided learning materials that may be answered at home in case students couldn’t attend classes.
Winning School Divisions
The Department of Education – Carcar City Division switched to the Two Subjects, One Day (2SOD) Program. This change (from the typical eight subjects a day) benefited everyone. Teachers needed less time to prepare and students had to focus on only two subjects at any time. Parents were also able to more effectively tutor their children. Moreover, students seem to learn more: from a pre-test score of 34.8, their post-test score jumped to 72.81.
Another division, the Department of Education – Camiguin Division, applied the Open High School Program (OHSP). Students learned without physically going to school every day. Most classes were held on Saturdays and Sundays, with some after 5 p.m. on weekdays. This inclusive program promoted “education for all”. It helped indigenous children, out-of-school youth, working students, and more. The curriculum was the same, but students studied the modules in their own time.
Transformed Schools, Improved Learners
Chiang Kai Shek College promoted transformative education by revamping its organizational structure. In addition, it also revised its existing curriculum. These changes helped the school gain higher National Achievement Test (NAT) scores from 2011 to 2015. It also gained much higher student acceptance rates to the Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University in 2016-2017 compared to 2014-2015.
Diliman Preparatory School helped bring out the genius in every learner. By applying to the Whole Brain Learning System (WBLS), it combined various disciplines in developing the seven self-mastery skills in learning: learning to think, to do, to feel, to communicate, to intuit, to lead, and to be. It witnessed an increase in the number of its academic awardees and a decrease in its teacher turnover rate, among other success metrics.
Dr. Maria Cristina A. Robles received the Oscar M. Lopez Leadership Award. As the principal of the Navotas National High School, Dr. Robles inspired continuous improvement using ICT and school-based action research. She led the In-School-Off-School scheme, in which students had to go to school only three days a week. They were given Intervention Activity Worksheets (IAWs) to do at home, some of which are online. She also promoted the Project Mobile Computer Aided Reinforcement for Teaching (or M-CART). This instructional tool engaged students through meaningful activities using a mobile cart and a computer.
REX Book Store for Transformative Education
The EETA is the first and only educational award in the Philippines that recognizes unique ideas and best practices in school management and teaching and learning innovations. The Bayan Academy, Knowledge Channel Foundation, REX Book Store, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, and the Department of Education (DepEd) are the organizers of the EETA.