NISMED catered to more than 400 science teachers of private schools for the seminar-workshop on Understanding by Design, a curriculum development framework which begins by identifying the enduring understandings and essential questions for a unit topic. It was titled Aligning Science and Technology Education Program with Understanding by Design and held at the Ateneo de Manila University Grade School on November 21, 2009 for the Association of Science Teachers and Educators of the Philippines (ASTEP).
NISMED Director Dr. Merle C. Tan and Deputy Director for Administration Dr. Marlene B. Ferido provided inputs regarding the backward design process while NISMED academic staff members gave concrete examples prior to the workshops. Dr. Marina E. Balce, Dr. Risa L. Reyes and Mr. Rolando M. Tan of the Elementary School Science Group; Ms. Evelyn L. Josue and Mr. Eligio C. Obille Jr. of the High School Earth/ Environmental Science Group; and Ms. Cerilina M. Maramag of the High School Physics Group conducted the workshops. The workshop ended with the presentation of the participants’ outputs and critiquing by the other participants.