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 held at the University of Santo Tomas from October 22 to 25, 2018.
This was a course for basic education teachers which aimed to develop broader awareness and sensitivity among learners with disabilities. A total of 60 DepEd basic education teachers composed of 30 Kindergarten teachers and 30 Grade 1 teachers from eight public schools in DepED-NCR participated in the readiness course.
A total of 60 public school teachers were capacitated with knowledge and
skills on inclusive education. Discussed during 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 on Disability 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 the training were Asst. Prof.
Maripia P. Rabacal, Asst. Prof. Karen S. Ongtangco, Ms. Eleanor Marie L. BahramiHessari, Assoc. Prof. Donald S. Lipardo, Prof. Marie Antonette S. Vargas, Ph.D., Asst. Prof. Bernard D. Saldivar, and Mr. Hubert Ramos. Also present during the training was DepEd-NCR Focal Person for Special Education Dr. Roland Montes.
The Transformative Inclusive Education Readiness Course is the research output of the Ugnayan, Sanayan and Tulayan Inclusive Education Team composed of Ms. Eleanor Marie L. Bahrami, Assoc. Prof. Donald Lipardo, Asst. Prof. Karen SagunOngtangco, Asst. Prof. Maripia P. Rabacal, Mr. Hubert DC Ramos, Asst. Prof. Bernard D. Saldivar and Prof. Marie Ann Sunga Vargas The training was 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 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