Insights on the PPSSH and PPSS
Two education leaders reflect on how the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) and the Philippine Professional Standards for Supervisors (PPSS) will change the landscape of school leadership in the country.
I worked as a regional supervisor for six years assigned at the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) before I took on my present position as Assistant Schools Division Superintendent at the Schools Division of Cebu, one of the biggest Divisions in the entire country. As I kept aspiring for higher positions which entailed increasing responsibility and accountability at the Department of Education, challenges that came my way also increasingly became more intricate. Yes, I had the commitment to always go the extra mile, but there were times when I needed to be guided on what to do and which way to follow.
The issuance of DepEd Order No. 25, 2020 or the National Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Professional Standards for Supervisors this year made me realize how much I was missing during my time as a supervisor. This is the first time that DepEd supervisors across the country are guided by one common set of standards.
I believe that no matter how resourceful a supervisor is, there is always something lacking if there are no clear professional standards to follow. The current and future generations of supervisors are lucky to have this document to guide them.
“I started my journey as a school head when I was designated as Teacher-in-Charge managing a newly established annex school in Antipolo City—the Antipolo National High School Mayamot Annex. Back then, I had very limited knowledge in managing a newly opened school with limited school facilities, learning resources and a huge student population. I was not yet confident in performing my job as a TIC despite reading DepEd issuances on management of resources and daily operations, and despite my learnings from my postgraduate degree. I wished there was an onboarding program for neophyte TICs handling a school at that time.
While I struggled with that job, my ability to build connections with people helped me find solutions to problems such as shortage of classrooms and learning resources.
After 5 years of being a TIC, I was promoted as Principal 1. In that school, I became more challenged to address emerging challenges, as well as issues and concerns of teachers. I noticed how school leaders then had different practices in managing their respective schools because of the lack of unified standards.
With the current challenges in school leadership, the new Deped Order (No. 24, s. 2020) or the National Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads can guide school heads in performing their functions as administrative managers and instructional leaders with focus on the five domains with 34 strands and 34 indicators per career stage of specific observable behaviors/practices. I am confident that this set of standards will transform school heads into better school leaders.”https://www.rctq.ph/?p=2154https://www.rctq.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-12-standards-1024x557.jpghttps://www.rctq.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-12-standards-150x150.jpgFeaturePPSS,PPSSH