RCTQ supports DepEd on clustered orientations for school leaders on new professional standards
RCTQ collaborated with the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) and the National Educators Academy of Philippines (NEAP) on the conduct of nationwide clustered online orientations on the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSS) and the Philippine Professional Standards for Supervisors (PPSSH).
A total of 1,353 school heads and 1,016 supervisors were oriented from 24 November to 10 December 2020 across the four batches of online orientations . A two-day orientation was each conducted for Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon 1 and Luzon 2 clusters. RCTQ helped in designing the orientations, preparing slide presentations, and in identifying resource persons for the orientations.
In her welcome message, BHROD Director IV Atty. Anne Rachel Miguel told participants that “the new standards serve can help school heads and supervisors reflect on and assess their own practice as they aspire for personal growth and professional development.” She said the PPSSH and PPSS “set out clear expectations of school heads and supervisors along well defined stages of professional development and provides a framework of uniform measures to attain high levels of proficiency.”
RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong talked about professional standards and their importance to the teaching profession and school leadership. She said the standards will “provide a clear framework for school leaders to deepen their expertise in pedagogical, management and leadership skills, in ways that support improved student learning outcomes.”
During breakout sessions, members of the Technical Working Groups for the PPSSH and PPSS took turns in facilitating sessions on participants’ reflections.
In his video message, NEAP Director John Arnold Siena said the orientation helped ensure that the standards are not only understood but are appreciated in the light of the move of the Department to pivot to quality.
“The standards will help us design what we believe to be effective leadership in the schools. They pave the way for better supporting our teachers and our learners so that the vision of K to 12 will be realized. We are happy and excited that finally, a set of professional standards for supervisors has been issued officially. This has been the clamor of our colleagues in the field,” Mr Siena said.
While the clamor is understandable “in the light of the variations in the expectations of supervisors and school heads by different stakeholders”, Mr. Siena said the standards “bring coherence and consistency in what they are doing, which hopefully should really focus on what is critical to the education sector–and that is to ensure that learners are learning even in challenging environments.
Some 50,000 school leaders nationwide are expected to put the PPSSH and the PPSS into practice after DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones signed DO 24, s. 2020 or the National Adoption and Implementation of the PPSSH, and DO 25, s. 2020 or the National Adoption and Implementation of the PPSS in September 2020. They were also part of the Technical Working Group for the PPSSH during its development and validation.
RCTQ has worked with the BHROD and NEAP in the development and validation of the standards and their respective policies since 2018.https://www.rctq.ph/?p=2164NewsPPSS,PPSSH