UST collaborates with DepEd for Webinar Series on Teacher Education

Webinar Series on ‘Understanding Teacher Education Noticing Behavior During COVID-19 Pandemic’

The Teacher Education Council (TEC) of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the University of Santo Tomas, Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED) will collaborate to bring the “TECOVID-19 Colloquy Series: Understanding Teacher Education Noticing Behavior During COVID-19 Pandemic- Mindfulness, Decision-Making, and Adaptation” on August 29, September 5 and 19, and October 3 and 17, 2020 via the UST Cloud Campus.

The series will provide understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping and reshaping the ontological, epistemological and axiological directions and attributes of today’s higher education delivery in most parts of the globe. It will describe the contexts and dynamics of teacher education institutions’ internal and external environments that are critical in their overall operations during the pandemic; explicate how challenges, imperatives and implications are calibrated, understood and interpreted by teacher education institutions; and elucidate key strategic responses, policies and guidelines enacted by teacher education institutions at the institutional, program and individual levels.

Additionally, the series will help leaders and program implementers of teacher education Institutions in institution-wide level initiative such as policy design, and support to organization and internal quality assurance systems; in program level which comprises actions to measure and enhance the design, content and delivery of the program within a department or a school; and in individual level which includes initiatives that help teachers achieve their mission, encouraging them to innovate and to support improvements to student learning and adopt a learner-oriented focus.

Speakers are Assoc. Prof. Robert Kleinasser, Ph.D., of the MLFTC-Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University, USA; Assoc. Prof. Leslie Dietiker, Ph.D., Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, Boston University, USA; Shaun Nykvist, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and Ee Ling Low, Ph.D., Dean of Teacher Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
The issues to be discussed include: Closing the Digital Divide and Strengthening Distance Learning, Promoting Authentic Learning and Assessment, Developing Student Agency and Metacognitive Skills, Ensuring Support for Students’ Social and Emotional Learning, Redesigning Schools for Stronger Relationships, Expanding Learning Time, Using Formative Assessments that Support Growth, and Sustaining Early Childhood Education Programs.

Expected participants are deans of teacher education institutions, teacher educators, in-service teachers, principals and supervisors.

Webinar Series on ‘Understanding 21st Century Democracy: A Call for Teacher Agency’

The University of Santo Tomas and Fondazionne Gravissimum Educationis in cooperation with the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) and the Teacher Education Council (TEC) of the Department of Education will conduct the “TECOVID-19 Colloquy Series on Understanding 21st Century Democracy: A Call for Teacher Agency” on August 15/22, September 12, October 10/24, November 14, 2020 and January 9/23, 2021 via the UST Cloud Campus.

The series is divided into three strands, namely: Strand 1: Understanding Democracy as a Human Enterprise, Strand 2: Embracing Democracy as Educational Commitment, and Strand 3: Doing Service Learning as a way to democratize Philippine Society.

It will describe the nature, role, and processes of democracy that shape human affairs; discuss how education serves as a vehicle in advancing democracy and its underlying processes; and apply principles of service learning as education’s proactive contribution to strengthen democracy. The audience for the series are Master Teachers in Social Studies, Regional Supervisors, and Democracy Local Antenna Units in 13 Countries.

The speakers for the August 15 colloquium were Prof. Tina Nabatchi, Ph.D., Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA; and Assoc. Prof. Edson C. Tandoc, Ph.D., Director, WKWSCI PhD and Master’s by Research Programs, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Part of the organizers is the Teacher Education Council to which Prof. Allan B. de Guzman, Ph.D., belongs as the Representative for Luzon. He teaches at the UST College of Education and the Graduate School. He is also the coordinator of the Philippine Local Antenna with Prof. Belinda V. de Castro, Ph.D., and Assoc. Prof. Joel L. Adamos, Ed.D., as members.

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