NEAP transition team meets to plan implementation of Academy’s new design
The transition team that will carry out the proposed design of the new National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) met with NEAP officers and staff on 18-19 July 2019 in Marikina City to chart immediate next steps in developing an integrated professional development program for the Department of Education.
The joint meeting-workshop happened more than a month after DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones signed Department Order No. 11, s. 2019 which provided guidelines for the implementation of NEAP transformation, including the creation of the NEAP Transition Team. The Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ) joined in the meeting to provide technical guidance.
Under the DepEd partnership with the Australian Government, RCTQ worked on the NEAP Transformation Study that became the basis for the creation of a task force and the subsequent development of the new NEAP design. Sec. Briones approved the design in February 2019, which led to the issuance of DO No.11.
“With the new NEAP design, there will be no indiscriminate delivery of training activities or “Bagsakan Centers” in divisions and schools as professional development programs will become more programmatic, streamlined, financially efficient, and will use various modalities depending on the needs of the regions, divisions and schools,” DepEd Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan said.
“Professional development programs for DepEd teaching personnel under the transformed NEAP will all be directly linked to career progression and promotion,” Atty. Malaluan added. “The database for professional development across DepEd shall also now be consolidated.”
The transition team is composed of Atty. Malaluan; Jesus Lorenzo Mateo, Undersecretary for Planning, Human Resource and Organizational Development, and Field Operations; Annalyn Sevilla, Undersecretary for Finance; Dr. Diosdado M. San Antonio, OIC Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction; John Arnold S. Siena, NEAP Director; Jennifer E. Lopez, OIC, Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development; Abram Y.C. Abanil, Director of ICT Service; and all regional directors. RCTQ has been engaged to provide primary technical assistance to the transition team.
“With a transformed neap, teachers and school leaders will have purposeful professional development opportunities that will consequently equip them with competence for professional fulfillment and success,” said Undersecretary San Antonio.
“As an example,” Dr. San Antonio said, “a Teacher I at the beginning teacher level will now get access to needs-based training programs to prepare him/her to become a proficient practitioner.”
The transformed NEAP, he said, will also provide multiple capacity-building modes for the teacher to earn competence as a successful school leader.
The transition team presented and discussed proposed NEAP organization and program changes, and the ways to harmonize them with employees’ career development vis-à-vis the Results-based Performance Management System (RPMS).
NEAP’s training programs will be anchored on the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) and similar standards for school leaders and supervisors which RCTQ helped develop under the support of the Australian Government.
RCTQ Director Dr. Gina O. Gonong said the work of transforming NEAP is about “revitalizing the Academy so that it can live up to its original mandate being the premier agency for training, professional learning and development of all teachers nationwide.”
The group formed working committees that will focus on organizational transformation, program transformation, ICT transformation, and communications, among others, in order to move the transition forward.https://www.rctq.ph/?p=84NewsNEAP Transformation