RCTQ Senior Program Manager Dr. Allen Espinosa shared the Center’s recommendations on how to support teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the two discussants at the August 2020 episode of the DepEd Virtual Research O’clock forum on August 5.

Streamed live via the DepEd Facebook page, Dr. Espinosa talked about ‘supporting teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic’ where he first shared the findings of RCTQ-led focus group discussion with school leaders on the needs of teachers during this pandemic held on 28 April 2020, and the recommendations to address these needs.

Dr. Allen Espinosa (top photo) as one of the discussants at the┬áDepEd Virtual Research O’clock forum on August 5.

Research O’clock is DepEd’s research dissemination forum that aims to promote the use of research results and evidence in decision-making, program designing and implementation, plan formulation and adjustment for the basic education sector.┬áThe forum gathers educators, researchers, program implementers, and policymakers to discuss education issues and provide valuable inputs for future relevant actions. The forum also serves as a venue for policy feedback from field implementers.

The theme for its August 2020 edition focused on the evidence from different partner organizations on their experience related to distance learning. The theme was anchored on DepEd’s Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) which serves as a systematic and collaborative strategy to address the effects of the COVID19 pandemic to basic education.

In a global context, Dr. Espinosa explained that teachers should be supported instructionally, technologically, and by building their resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Phiilppines, he said teachers are challenged by the lack of resources for distance learning (e.g. television set, radio, gadgets, computers), poor or lack of internet connectivity, and the fact that majority of students are not independent learners. Filipino teachers, he said, need to be supported in terms of training on distance learning, migrating printed modules to digital/interactive materials, and funding for distance learning.

Dr. Espinosa highlighted RCTQ’s recommendations to support teachers, including i) a systematic and coordinated planning from DepEd central office to the school level; ii) development of materials by the Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) from each school’s divisionthat integrate subjects (e.g. English, Math, Science); iii) realignment of financial resources and budgetary expenditures during this pandemic to allow support for teachers; iv) active support from school heads, supervisors, and master teachers; and iv) the need for DepEd, through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) to continue developing training/professional development programs that will enable teachers to adapt and/or respond more quickly and effectively to emerging circumstances with their learners.

The virtual forum was watched by over 63,000 viewers.

Watch the whole episode of the DepEd Virtual Research O’clock through this link below.

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RCTQ Senior Program Manager Dr. Allen Espinosa shared the Center's recommendations on how to support teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the two discussants at the August 2020 episode of the DepEd Virtual Research O'clock forum on August 5. Streamed live via the DepEd Facebook page, Dr. Espinosa...