More than 3,800 learning leaders from CALABARZON trooped the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila last February 22 during the region’s 2017 Forum on Transparent, Ethical and Accountable School-Based Management (TEA-SBM) with the theme “Sustaining Positive Change Towards Better Schooling Outcomes”.

DepEd CALABARZON, in partnership with the Region IV-A Association of Schools Division Superintendents, hosted the forum to update participants on approaches, strategies, and competencies leaders need in facing 21st century challenges.

Participants were composed of public school heads (Principals/TICs/OICs), Assistant Schools Division Superintendents, Schools Division Superintendents, Chiefs of both Regional and Division Offices, Assistant Regional Director, and examinees of the forthcoming National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH).

The forum started with two plenary sessions beginning with DepEd’s Strategic Planning Framework discussed by DepEd Undersecretary Jesus Lorenzo Mateo.

Mateo, the Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations, underscored the importance of a quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education for all.

He also urged everyone to memorize and embody the ideals of the Department’s vision, mission and core values, which “will distinguish us from others and define who we are as a family and an organization.”

For the second plenary session, Dr. Sharon Joy B. Chao, Manager of Learning Management Office of SEAMEO-Innotech, introduced the Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads, and asked participants to look into a more positive, life-changing experience as school heads.

“Always look at the bigger picture. To become high-performing school heads of Southeast Asia, one must acquire these five core competencies: personal excellence, instructional leadership, managerial leadership, strategic thinking and innovation, and stakeholder engagement,” she said.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Dr. Diosdado M. San Antonio also shared his personal acronym “PRINCE” for learning leaders to always remember their core tasks.

“To be an ideal leader, one has to be a PRINCE: Proactive, Results-oriented, Intelligent, Network- Builder, Creative, and Empowering,” he said.

After two plenary sessions, the forum had a comprehensive coverage of the seven domains of the National Competency-based Standard for School Heads Training Development and Needs Assessment (NCBSSH-TDNA) with four (4) sets of panellists invited for Q&A sessions facilitated by Assistant Regional Director Dr. Francis Cesar Bringas.

SDSs Carlito Rocafort, Cherrylou De Mesa, Marites Ibañez and Josilyn Solana shared their expert opinions on Domain 1 – School Leadership and Domain 7 – Personal & Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

On the other hand, ASDSs Celedonio Balderas, Rogelio Opulencia, Homer Mendoza and Lourdes Bermudez recalled their experience as school heads and expressed thoughts about Domain 3 – Creating a Student-Centered Learning Climate and Domain 4 – HR Management and Professional Development.

Eight principals also clarified some misconceptions and imparted their best practices and decision-making skills on the remaining domains: Domain 2 – Instructional Leadership, Domain 5 – Parent Involvement and Community Partnership, and Domain 6 – School Management and Operations. (Christian Mespher A. Hernandez, Division Information Officer, SDO Imus City)