Last October 22-25, 2018, the Transformative Inclusive Education Readiness (TIER) team of the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSEd) facilitated trainings for public school teachers of the Department of Education’s National Capital Region.

A total of sixty (60) public school teachers were capacitated with knowledge and skills on inclusive education. Discussed in the training, known as the TIER packet, were the 1) Inclusive Education Packet developed by the TIER team; 2) Tools for Measuring Acquired Skills (TOMAS) Screening Tool; 3) Pre-Referral Instructional Support Manual’s Fine Motor and Self-Help Domain; and 4) the legal bases and referral networks. The training likewise included exercises onDisability Awareness and Sensibility as well as case analyses. Once the facilitators were done, participants were required to demonstrate their use, in order to show that the packet can indeed be used in the classroom.

The TIER team members who facilitated were Asst. Prof. Maripia P. Rabacal, MA, Asst. Prof. Karen S. Ongtangco, MSOT, Ms. Eleanor Marie L. Bahrami-Hessari, MA, Assoc. Prof. Donald S. Lipardo, MSPT, Prof. Marie Antonette S. Vargas, PhD, Asst. Prof. Bernard D. Saldivar, MA, and Mr. Hubert Ramos, MClinAud. Present, too, during the training was Dr. Roland Montes, Focal Person for Special Education of DepEd-NCR.

The training is part of a three-phase research project that focuses on inclusive education, which is being promoted by the team, composed of faculty researchers from the special needs education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, psychology, and clinical audiology units of the University of Santo Tomas.

The said training was likewise the first output of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSEd) that was disseminated with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units credited by the Professional Regulation Commission. The UST Graduate School’s Center for Continuing Professional Education and Development collaborated in the training for the CPD credits.

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