National seminar-workshop on K to 12 curriculum conducted

Three hundred educators trooped to UP NISMED on 26 to 28 October 2011 to participate in the National Seminar-workshop on the K to 12 Curriculum. Hosted by UP NISMED in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepED), the theme of the seminar-workshop was “Nurturing Young Minds to Build Their Future: Opportunities for Science and Mathematics in the K to 12 Curriculum.”

Held in preparation for the implementation of the new K to 12 curriculum in June 2012, the seminar-workshop familiarized the teachers, teacher educators, and school administrators with the K to 12 curriculum framework with focus on science and mathematics; elicited feedback on various features of the curriculum in science and mathematics lessons in relation to content, instructional materials, teaching-learning approaches, and assessment; and provided a venue for participants to exchange effective and relevant strategies in implementing curricular reforms in their classes.

UPD Chancellor Saloma opens the seminar-workshop.

UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma opened the seminar-workshop and DepED Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Yolanda S. Quijano keynoted the event. Through cyberspace, a Webinar on Intel® Education Thinking Tools started the plenary sessions. Theresa I. Maves of Intel Corporation Worldwide K to 12 Training and Social Media Manager with three senior Intel trainers namely, Vikki Costa, Dan Morris, and Glen Westbroek demonstrated how the thinking tools can be used in science and mathematics classes.

Key personalities from the academic and technical sectors shared their perspectives on the new curriculum. Robert D. Steele, Founder and Director of Systainability Asia and AtKisson workshopGroup International of Bangkok talked about teaching strategies to incorporate climate change in the classroom. Dr. Dina Joana S. Ocampo, Dean of the UP College of Education discussed how language proficiency impacts learning of science and mathematics. Mr. Gil P. Casuga representing Ms. Imelda B. Taganas, Director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, presented the draft policy operational guidelines for the technical vocational education and training embedment in the K to 12 curriculum. Dr. Marlene B. Ferido, NISMED Deputy Director for Administration, delivered the paper of Dr. Maria Cristina D. Padolina, President of Centro Escolar University. The paper dealt with the initiatives taken to define the College Readiness Standards which will serve as inputs for the development of both the basic education curriculum and the curricula for the various undergraduate degree programs.

Dr. Merle C. Tan, Director of UP NISMED focused on the characteristics of an inquiry-based, spiraling, and integrated science curriculum. Dr. Soledad A. Ulep and Ms. Lydia M. Landrito presented the proposed K to 12 mathematics curriculum vis-a-vis the old curriculum citing the important bases in formulating the new curriculum. Ms. Celia R. Balbin launched and demonstrated the “KaSaMa Teachers,” an online community of science and mathematics teachers who strive for excellence through innovation and collaboration.

The science and mathematics specialists of NISMED handled 14 parallel sessions. Sample assessment tasks and related lessons spiraled across grades and year levels were modeled. Teacher-participants were encouraged to comment on the lessons and provide feedback on the performance standards.

The participants evaluated the seminar-workshop with an overall mean rating of 3.52 on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 as the highest.

Honorable Juan Edgardo M. Angara, representative of Aurora, Lone District; Honorable Mariano U. Piamonte Jr., representative of A Teacher Party List; and Atty. Mercedita S. Nolledo, alumna of Nueva Ecija High School sponsored teacher-participants from their respective areas. Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Mathematics Education and Research, Inc. sponsored a plenary speaker.

Intel®, ScienceStar, Corp., and Dane Publishing House, Inc. were the major sponsors of the event. Del Monte Philippines, Inc., UP Information Technology Training Center, Manila Water Company, Inc., and Philippine National Bank-UP Campus were the promotional product sponsors. AGHAM Party List Representative Angelo B. Palmones, who delivered the closing message, donated hand lenses for distribution to selected schools. PHIVOLCS-DOST, PAGASA-DOST, Environmental Management Bureau-DENR, Department of Health, Public Affairs Office-DENR, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-DENR, UP Marine Science Institute, UP Natural Science Research Institute, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-DENR, and Prof. Rhodora V. Azanza of UP Marine Science Institute donated Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials for the seminar-workshop kit.