The current reform initiatives in Philippine education provide a huge drive to enhance the quality, relevance, and sustainability of teacher education. In all these reforms, teachers and teacher educators continues to serve as vanguards of transformation in the nation. In order to make themselves better prepared as change agents, teachers and teacher educators are continuously encouraged to undergo high-impact and innovative training and development programs that make a balanced use of traditional and emerging formats of teaching and learning resources.
PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATOR ENABLEMENT
Mindful of such realities, Miriam College as a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education designated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) envisions the production of resources designed by teachers for teachers. Fueling this initiative is the empowering support provided by its innovation partner, REX Book Store, Inc. who have continuously evolved to provide comprehensive learning solutions to its Partners in Education.
Last September 29, 2017, at The Manila Hotel, the two institutions that share the philosophy of learner-centeredness combines their expertise to formally launch The Teachers’ Press as a contribution to the upgrading of Philippine teacher education especially in view of the framework of outcomes-based education in Philippine higher education. The MOA signing sparks the beginning of the two organizations’ combined efforts to elevate education in the country.
BY TEACHERS, FOR TEACHERS, PARA SA BATA
The Teachers’ Press is the country’s first comprehensive publication house solely dedicated to the production of both traditional and technology-enabled professional teacher education, training, and development resources. It will serve not only the 1,576 higher education institutions (HEIs) offering programs in education science and teacher education in the country. Ultimately, it will serve teachers in the classroom and alternative learning environments who are in search for innovative teaching and professional development resources. With its principal focus on glocalizing teacher education, it commits itself towards the meaningful contextualization of global trends in teacher education in Philippine TEIs and in the long run, the very learning spaces where every Filipino child begins to shape inspiring aspirations. And because The Teachers’ Press is established by teachers for teachers, it hopes to nurture a new form of critical consciousness collectively owned by Filipino teachers and teacher educators.
The Teachers’ Press, while aspiring to be “gawa ng guro para sa kapwa guro”, is more importantly “para sa bata”. After all, by making learner-centeredness as its primary reason for being, it hopes to make a difference in resource development for teaching and learning.