Educators learn online amidst health crisis

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    THE ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has not spared the education sector. With the school year halted, campuses closed, and students forced to stay home, educators and school leaders have to find the right strategy in order to cope with these challenges.

    To help address these concerns, Diwa Learning Systems Inc. (Diwa) and Bato Balani Foundation Inc. launched the How To Be A Highly Effective Teacher (HTBHET) Seminar Series Online, which is a digital offshoot of its flagship teacher training program.

    Jumpstarting the initial run of the webinar series was a session held on April 23 for school owners and administrators called “Re-imagining School Leadership in the Time of COVID and Beyond”. It discussed what school leaders feared the most due to the current pandemic—closing down their schools—and explored scenario planning to help participants adopt a more open and forward-looking disposition.

    “The webinar was factual, insightful, and helpful, and the speaker was able to discuss our concerns as school leaders,” said Ms. Russell Zabala of Precious Gem Academy, who was among the 500 school owners and administrators that joined the two-hour online seminar.

    It was facilitated by Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, Vice President for Academic Affairs of National Teachers College. Dr. Fermin is a known expert on e-learning, literacy, teacher education, sociolinguistics, student affairs program development, and curriculum development.

    A repeat of this session is set on April 30 due to popular demand.

    Dr. Fermin will also facilitate a webinar geared towards subject area coordinators called “Reconfiguring Learning Supervision in the Time of COVID and Beyond” on May 2. This aims to look at alternative delivery models of learning that will let participants embrace the new nuances of adaptive instructional leadership.

    There will also be an upcoming learning session for teachers called “Rewiring Teaching in the Time of COVID and Beyond,” which will focus on the five important issues that every teacher has to know when delivering and facilitating learning services in a time of adversity.

    HTBHET has already trained around 302,000 teachers from all over the Philippines since it started in 2001. It includes a portfolio of topics that include teaching strategies, motivation and inspiration, values, and current industry trends. Its main goal is to contribute to teachers’ professional and personal development.

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