100 Cavite Province teachers and school heads completed the five-day training on the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) on February 11-15.

Anchored on the principle of lifelong learning, the set of professional standards for teachers recognizes the significance of having a standard framework that articulates developmental progression as teachers develop, refine their practice, and respond to the complexities of educational reforms.

The PPST describes the expectations of teachers’ increasing levels of knowledge, practice, and professional engagement. At the same time, the standards allow for teachers’ growing understanding, applied with increasing sophistication across a broader and more complex range of teaching/learning situations.

“Enhancing teacher quality is of utmost importance for a long-term and sustainable national building for the reason that quality learning is contingent upon quality teaching,” Dr. Elpidia Bergado, Curriculum Implementation Division Chief, emphasized.

Dr. Bergado led the training workshop along with selected Education Program Supervisors (EPSs) and Public Schools District Supervisors (PSDS) who served as resource speakers and facilitators.

Wenifreda Diquit, EPS for English, cleared out teachers’ expectations along well-defined career stages of professional development while Estrellita de Vera, EPS for Science, underscored the responsibilities of educational leaders on teachers quality.

Dr. Eduarda Zapanta (EPS for Mathematics), Dr. Marcela dela Cruz (PSDS), Noel Ortega (EPS for Learning Resource Management and Development System), Carolina Magallanes (PSDS), Dr. Ofelia Arvisu (PSDS), Dr. Arnel Zapanta (PSDS), and Dr. Emily Quintos (EPS for Araling Panlipunan) discussed the domains content and pedagogy, learning environment, diversity of learners, curriculum and planning, assessing and recording, community linkages and professional engagement, and personal growth and professional development, respectively.

Moreover, Dr. Mary Ann Batino (PSDS) introduced the PPST-based tools and facilitated the synthesis and management of learning along with PSDSs Dr. Edelisa Catacutan, Dr. Cecilia Alvarez,  and Dr. Amelita Peñalba.

Participants came up with training matrices which were presented and critiqued on the last day of the training. They are expected to spearhead the roll-out of PPST on their respective city/ municipality on April 9-13 . (Angelo Amor Peñalba, CID)