Tuesday, August 16, 2011

UP NISMED will host a national seminar-workshop on the K+12 curriculum at the Science Teacher Training Center Dr. Dolores F. Hernandez Hall in UP Diliman, Quezon City on 26-28 October 2011.

The theme of the seminar-workshop will be: “Nurturing Young Minds to Build Their Future: Opportunities for Science and Mathematics Education.”

Focus will be on the following features of the new curriculum: functional, scientific and mathematical literacy; performance-based assessment; spiral progression; and, integration of concepts and related disciplines.

The objectives of the seminar-workshop are:
  • To familiarize teachers, teacher educators, and school administrators with the K+12 curriculum framework with focus on science and mathematics;
  • To elicit feedback on various features of the curriculum in science and mathematics lessons in relation to content, instructional materials, teaching learning approaches, and assessment;
  • To provide a venue for participants to exchange effective/relevant strategies in implementing curricular reforms in their classes.
Dr. Yolanda S. Quijano, Undersecretary of DepED, has been invited to keynote the seminar-workshop. Dr. Robert Steele of the Systainability/AtKisson Group of Bangkok will also deliver a message in plenary session. Key personalities from the academic, technical and business sectors will share their perspectives on the new curriculum, among them Dr. Cristina Padolina, President of Centro Escolar University and official of the Commision on Higher Education or CHED, and Dr. Dina Ocampo, Dean of the UP College of Education.

The academic staff of NISMED will handle 14 parallel sessions, 8 in Science and 6 in Mathematics, during which sample assessment tasks and related lessons will be modelled and spiralled across grades and year levels. Teacher -participants will be invited to comment on the lessons and provide feedback on the performance standards.

A bonus offering during the seminar-workshop will be the opportunity to enroll in UP NISMED’s online community of science and mathematics teachers dubbed “KaSaMa Teachers.” Computers will be put up all over the venue for this so that participants can explore the tool while attending the seminar-workshop.

Interested elementary and high school Science and Mathematics teachers, teacher educators, and school administrators are encouraged to monitor UP NISMED’s website (http:www.nismed.upd.edu.ph) to watch out for further announcements regarding the seminar-workshop. Early registrants will have the privilege of getting a free T-shirt of their indicated size aside from the seminar-workshop kit in a bag with a USB flash drive of the presentations.

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