Participants at the workshop for the Luzon rollout of the mentoring and coaching module for cooperating teachers in Pangasinan on 17-19 September 2019 with TEC Executive Director Dr. Runvi Manguerra (6th from left, standing)

RCTQ has assisted the Teacher Education Council (TEC) in the development and subsequent rollout of a coaching and mentoring module that will guide cooperating teachers (CT) as they assist education students during their internships.

During the Luzon rollout on 17-19 September 2019 in Lingayen, Pangasinan, RCTQ oriented CTs on the new directions of the experiential learning component of the teacher education curriculum, and provided them with a Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST)-based framework to guide their personal mentoring and coaching practices. They were also acquainted on the use of the classroom observation tool (COT) and other tools covering the beginning teacher indicators in the PPST.

RCTQ Deputy Director Dr. Jennie Jocson (left)

“Teachers in the field are the best coaches and mentors for pre-service teachers since they have imbued PPST in their practices. Therefore, we have to guide teachers on how to transfer their knowledge and expertise to our future teachers,” said Dr. Jennie V. Jocson, RCTQ Deputy Director who also leads the partnership with TEC.

RCTQ helped in the development of the module called Supporting Beginning Teachers: Coaching and Mentoring Module for Cooperating Teachers. It also was downloaded to DepEd key persons for pre-service internship, division focal persons, school heads, and cooperating teachers.

The workshop in Pangasinan was the first of the three rollouts. The next ones are scheduled in November 2019 in Bacolod City for the Visayas leg, and in Zamboanga City for the Mindanao group.

TEC is the attached agency to DepEd that is primarily responsible for the formulation of policies that improve the standards and system of teacher education.