The global health, energy, peace, and order crises have accelerated educational and learning institutions to embrace and navigate digital technologies for survival and growth. As the 5th in the series of Masterclasses organized GAIN, this particular session centered on technologies that would enable school administrators and chief learning officers to ensure relevance and effectiveness in steering their respective organizations to a vibrant 21st century.
Mr. Rex Wallen Tan, GAIN Director and one of the most sought-after speakers in Digital Literacy, kicked off the learning session by discussing the four levels of data analytics maturity. Mr. Tan shared advanced statistical methodologies that are the foundation for leveraging big data and meaningful analytics for school administrators to make better and faster decisions that further organizational goals.
Following was a presentation on Open Educational Resources (OERs) from Ms. Nessie Lumbres, Southville Global Education Network’s (SGEN) Deputy Principal on Virtual Online Learning and Teaching (VOLT) Program. Ms. Lumbres discussed the many benefits of OERs to the learner, the OER originator, educational institutions, and the public and private sectors, and shared best practices on institutionalizing the use of OERs.
Dr. Adelaida de Perio expounded on a riveting topic, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), its core competencies, and how it relates to creating a positive school climate. Dr. De Perios likewise emphasized the connection between SEL and identifying at-risk students, improving student retention, recognizing areas for compliance with the Philippine Anti-Bullying Act RA. 10627, creating enhanced parent engagement, and supporting student personal development.
The second part of the session featured Ms. Mary Ann Manzano, Education Lead – Philippines, Google for Education. Encouraging the participants who are mostly veterans in the academe, she reminded that one does not need to be “techy”, just “click-y.” Ms. Manzano argued that technology can be a powerful tool, but it needs people to be transformative. She shared about the various training and Google Educator Certifications that are available for educators and administrators, and generously gave out free vouchers for Level 1 Training to all the participants.
Dr. Roger Bartholomew, President of International Education Specialists, talked about equivalency and how administrators can effectively use technology to compare qualifications among schools, colleges, and universities, to ensure student achievement and mobility. Mr. B, as he is fondly called, likewise identified critical action items for Philippine Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) such as to improve recognition of Philippine institutions and degrees overseas leading to improved employment opportunities and reciprocal recognition for Professional Qualifications within ASEAN to be negotiated by PRC Board.
Touching on quite a controversial topic, Dr. Aris Ignacio, Vice President of Technology of the Internet Society (ISOC) Philippines Chapter, presented on Digital Citizenship and Ethical Behavior Befitting of a Professional. In his talk, he outlined ways on determining fake and genuine information through the witty and easy to remember “CRAAP” test: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
Wrapping up the session was Dr. Jocelyn Tizon, Executive Director, Asian Association of School HRMD Practitioners (AASHPI), Inc., who shared best practices that served as the best take-aways to all the school administrators in attendance. Discussing about Mandatory Technology Skills Administrators Should Know, Dr. Tizon generously shared the digital tools for communications, productivity, and academic operations that were all of personal help to her roles as President and Board Member of five academic institutions.
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GAIN Takes Active Part in CHED Training Course for Global English Competitiveness Development for Teachers
Master Teachers Training 2022: Course for Global English Competitiveness Development – Luzon 1 Leg held at Mariano Marcos State University, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte last July 26-28, 2022
The National Roadmap for Global Competitiveness in Communication Skills (NRGCCS) Project was launched by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), alongside government, academe, and industry partners in 2020.
Part of the short-term targets of the NRGCCS Project is to further raise the level of awareness and adoption of Philippine higher education institutions to international standards and teaching techniques and develop our competitive advantage in this area to contribute to our progress towards a globally competitive knowledge economy. Its main goal is adopting the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages as a recognized metric for communicative competitiveness.
In line with the program’s objectives, the Master Teachers Training 2022: Course for Global English Competitiveness Development was launched. It is a three-day intensive master teacher training in communicative teaching with CFR training and orientation course designed for teachers and school administrators. Spearheaded by the CHED-International Affairs Staff (IAS) and the National Roadmap for Global Competitiveness in Communication Skills (NRGCCS) Technical Working Group (TWG), the first of the 4-part event (Luzon 1 leg) was held at the Mariano Marcos State University, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte last July 26-28, 2022.
Mr. Rex Wallen Tan, GAIN Director and Ms. Angela N. Concepcion, Training and Development Manager of Hopkins International Partners both represented the Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN) Inc. in the NRGCCS Technical Working group as Guest Speakers / Facilitators. GAIN Coordinator Ms. LA Ferenal-Marquez also hosted the 3-day program.
More than 50 delegates attended the training course, with the objective to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the EAQUALS Core Inventory and CFR in the institutional direction, curriculum alignment; apply the EAQUALS Core Inventory in communicative curriculum (syllabus) and sample unit/s (Theme, Grammar, Vocabulary, program outcomes (OBE) and learning objectives); create CFR aligned curriculum considering the scope and sequence of units to get someone from Zero - A1, A1 to A2, A2 to B1, B1 to B2 (e.g., interactive, curated OERs); and apply communicative teaching strategies appropriate with the CFR level – aligned curriculum and instruction.