The Teacher Education component of the Basic Education Sector Transformation Program (BEST), a collaborative effort of the Governments of the Philippines and Australia to improve the quality of education outcomes and increase access to quality education services, organized training and development planning workshops in Cebu on 3 February 2016, Iloilo on 2 March 2016, and Tacloban on 13 March 2016 for Regions 7, 6, and 8, respectively. UP NISMED Director, Dr. Soledad A. Ulep and Deputy Director for Research and Extension, Dr. Maria Helen D. Catalan were invited by BEST to orient regional and division supervisors of the Department of Education (DepEd) on lesson study. They explained how this professional development (PD) model can work in schools and help improve teacher competence and student performance. A video on the lesson study process was presented. Videos of UP NISMED’s partner schools as they conduct lesson study were also shown to the workshop participants.
During the open forum, the DepEd supervisors expressed their interest in lesson study as one of the PD models that they want to include in their annual teacher development plan.
Lesson study is a PD model that teachers engage in to systematically examine and improve their practice. In this process, teachers work collaboratively to plan, teach, observe, critique, and improve lessons.