City Schools Division of Dasmariñas conducted a three-day Capability Training in Reading Development in National College of Science and Technology Multi-Purpose Hall on October 21-23.  The theme of the training was Becoming an Effective Teacher of Reading in the 21st Century. Participants of the said training were school heads, supervisors, select Kinder to Grade 3 teachers and master teachers.

The main objective of the training was to capacitate the participants with reading strategies per key stages that are research-based, effective, and age-appropriate that will ensure learners to become literate.

 “Reading cannot be underestimated. Reading will be the banner program of the Division as such there will be a series of trainings about reading,” School Division Superintendent Christopher R. Diaz said during his inspirational message. Furthermore, he encouraged the participants to be engaged in the advocacy of making every child in Dasmariñas a reader. 

Professor Roderick Aguirre, a reading expert and DepEd consultant, stressed in his lecture that young learners in Kindergarten should be taught to read pictures first.  “Teachers should be careful in labelling a learner as non-reader, for a child who can comprehend a picture is a reader.   Therefore, teachers need to teach kindergartners how to read pictures first before they are taught to decode,” Prof. Aguirre explained.

Dr. Heidi B. Macahilig of Philippine Normal University was the speaker for the topic on assessment.  She gave emphasis that assessment for reading should be wholistic.

During the closing program, CID Chief Gemma G. Cortez appealed to all the teachers to do whatever they can and employ strategies during the teaching-learning process to help young learners to be literate.  The CID Chief reiterated that the City Schools Division of Dasmariñas adheres to the “No Read, No Pass Policy.”

Noel D. Anciado, Education Program Supervisor-English, presented the Division’s roadmap in revolutionizing reading in the city.

A series of capability training in reading per key stage will be conducted in the future to train teachers in Dasmariñas to be effective reading teachers. (Irene M. Marcelo, Head Teacher III, Congressional Integrated High School. City Schools Division of Dasmariñas)