CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- In a bid to close the gaps between the needs of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the quality of the teacher graduates of the different teacher education institutions or TEIs in Central Luzon, DepEd-3 held the Regional Consultative Conference with the Teacher Education Institutions on February 24 at the Aquino Hall, DepEd Regional Office.
With the theme “Establishing Convergence and Collaboration towards producing Quality Teachers for the K to 12 Curriculum”, the convergence corresponds to the mandates of Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act that stipulates the need for the DepEd to work closely with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) specifically the TEIs in crafting a harmonized basic and tertiary curriculum towards developing Filipino graduates who can cope with the challenges of global competitiveness in the 21st century.
In responding to this noble goal, this activity aims to coordinate and undertake consultations with the Teacher Education Institutions regarding the present education curriculum being implemented, evaluate and formulate policy recommendations for the best teacher-preparation programs that are aligned to the standards of the K to 12 Curriculum, emphasize some provisions pertinent to academic opportunities for student teachers that will guide them towards instructional competence and content mastery, and, provide relevant recommendations for better immersion experiences in real classrooms that will help student-teachers learn the best practices that are attuned to the needs of the K to 12 learners in the public schools.
Regional Director Malcolm Garma discussed relevant topics on Achieving Efficiency and Effectiveness in Teacher Education, Outputs in Enhanced School-based Management, Creating Effective and Efficient Schools, DepEd order #7, 2015, RO3 Teacher’s Profile, and Teacher’s Item per division which are crucial in tracking graduates produced by the different TEIs in Central Luzon.
“This is the start of the opportunity of convergence to have a strong partnership between DepEd as consumer of products and TEIs as producer,” Garma said, as he articulated the importance of collaborating with TEIs to ensure college readiness of student teachers who are expected to teach the students in the public schools and emphasized the provision of academic opportunities for student teachers that will guide them towards the development of required professional attitudes and instructional competence and their immersion in real classroom settings that will help them learn the best practices that are attuned to the needs of the new-age learners. (Michelle Catap Lacson/DepEd-3)