In our continually changing educational landscape, teachers are still the main driving force in learning. With the introduction of the K-12 curriculum, the continuous digitization of the world, and globalization, today’s educators are facing more challenges than ever before.
The 21st century demands universities, colleges, and schools to ensure that their programs meet global standards.
PATEF-UPDATE International Conference
The United Professionals for the Development & Advancement of Teacher Education, Inc. (formerly the Philippine Association for Teachers of Educational Foundation, or PATEF-UPDATE) supports the internationalization of Philippine schools. In support of the development of educators across all levels and curricula, PATEF-UPDATE held its first International Conference last November 30 to December 02 at the Heritage Hotel, Manila.
With the theme “Internationalization of Teacher Education: Outcomes, Delivery, and Quality Assurance”, the conference discussed the latest news and hosted meaningful discussions on the internationalization of teacher education; shared relevant best practices and researches; and created partnerships with agencies/institutions to promote quality teacher education.
The three-day conference began with the keynote address of Dr. William Spady, the Father of Outcomes-based Education, about outcomes, delivery, and quality assurance of the internationalization of teacher education. He also discussed how to deliver and assess OBE during the plenary.
Supporting Internationalization of Teacher Education
To nurture the Filipino Whole Child, REX Book Store actively supports organizations and individuals who share our vision. We do this by participating in activities in which we can engage and enable our partners in education, such as the PATEF-Update International Conference.
In the said event, REX Book Store Chairman and President Atty. Dominador Buhain talked about internalization and our aspiration to help develop the globally competent Filipino Whole Child. Dexter Ngo, REX Institute for Student Excellence (or RISE, which serves as the assessment leg of REX) General Manager, presented research on how TIMSS triggered the country’s K-12 reform and compared the TIMSS framework to DepEd’s K-12 curriculum. He then discussed how the ACEs+ assessment tool can be used by schools in raising current standards to international levels.
During the question and answer portion, the REX Group stressed how its Resource for Educators and Academic Professionals (REAP) contributes to nation-building by developing high quality teachers through educator enablement programs. REX Group also shared how it promotes global practices in the country through partnerships with organizations like ASCD and P21.
REX Group also discussed the role of RISE as a research institute that shares findings and analyses to the government and private entities in order to trigger changes in current systems.
Toward the end of the program, PATEF-Update awarded Ngo with the “Best Oral Presentation” certificate. A post-conference seminar-workshop on Artificial Intelligence was afterwards held to further immerse the attendees on the effects of automation to education in this Fourth Industrial Revolution.