RCTQ Director speaks at the PNU Convocation
RCTQ and its work on teacher quality took centerstage at the 2019 PNU University Convocation which also marked the institution’s 28th founding anniversary on 23 January 2020.
RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong served as the convocation speaker where she engaged students and members of the PNU faculty in conversations about the current thinking on strengthening teacher education.
“In seven years of our policy research on teacher quality, RCTQ has been able to help the PNU fulfill its mandate as the National Center for Teacher Education,” Dr. Gonong said. “We provide technical support to DepEd and the TEIs/COEs in their programs and projects that chart policies and recommendations on teacher training, teacher education, continuing professional education of teachers and academic supervisors, and teacher education curricula.”
Highlighted in Dr. Gonong’s presentation were the sets of professional standards that RCTQ helped develop for DepEd as benchmarks for quality—the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST), Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) and the Philippine Professional Standards for Supervisors (PPSS).
PNU President Dr. Bert Tuga said Dr. Gonong’s talk shared with the audience the Philippine initiatives on teacher quality including the PNU’s work, and provided a view of the future for teacher quality in the country’s education sector.
“In the Philippines, teacher quality is considered not only as a very important driver of quality student outcomes but as a means to human capital development, and as an integral driver for teacher development in the country,” Dr. Tuga said. “Today, I am delighted that we have our very own expert who can talk to us about teacher quality.”
Dr. Gonong also briefly touched on the results of the RCTQ-led Teacher Development Needs Study which examined teachers from 17 regions who taught Grades 6, 8 and 10. The respondents undertook especially designed content tests based on the K to 12 Syllabi in four subjects—Filipino, English, Mathematics and Science. The purpose of the study was to identify what support and focus teachers would need to be able to do their work better.https://www.rctq.ph/?p=1090NewsPhilippine Normal University,Teacher Quality