September 20, 2021 – School Division Offices of Navotas, Isabela, Bacolod, Mandaluyong, and Negros Occidental showcased innovative practices in the delivery instruction for blended learning on the second episode of the Educ Forum series on Thursday.

“I am sure there are many pockets of excellence in blended learning practices in the field and we are confident that the second year of distance learning will be a lot better. We thank our teachers and all employees in braving the challenge of pandemic, thank them for allowing our learners to continue the steps towards achieving their dreams,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

The team of the SDO Navotas, with the lead of OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Alejandro Ibañez, explained the internal and external assessment framework on distance learning carried out by the schools in the division and the DepEd NCR, respectively.

The said Division also implemented the use of the Philippine Early Childhood Development (ECD) Checklist to monitor the development of Filipino learners in terms of gross motor, fine motor, self-help, receptive and expressive language, and socio-emotional domains.

“Distance Learning Operationalization allows us to continue exploring possible solutions to our challenges and reflect on processes that are truly effective in our context. One-size fits all assessment does not also apply in distance learning; hence, flexible and personalized models are adapted,” Ibañez said.

SDO Isabela and Bacolod also featured their contextualized curriculum in the region along with their good radio-based instruction (RBI) and quality assurance practices.

SDO Mandaluyong, meanwhile, revealed how they utilized Facebook messenger for class discussions and parent consultations. To strengthen the blended distance learning for SY 2021-2022, the Division is set to implement the Mandunong TV Pilipinas, Gabay at Guro, Frontlearners Training for Teachers, Data Analytics, and E-commerce Pilot classes, and Frontlearners LMS for select grade levels.

In addition, Rebonie Emboltorio, Senior Education Program Specialist of SDO Negros Occidental, shared their “Abanse MMK” program which is a multi-media kit for Grades 1-3 reading refreshers that contains a tablet, Comprehensive Rapid Literacy Assessment (CRLA) tools, sheets, and schedule guides to improve their reading level.

“Maraming salamat po sa patuloy na pakikipag-ugnayan, pakikipaghawak kamay sa Kagawaran ng Edukasyon upang buhayin ang bayanihan nang ang bawat batang Pilipino ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon na maghanda sa mga kinabukasan ng kanilang pangarap,” Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said in his closing message.

Composed of various international organizations, NGOs, private sectors, and other educational stakeholders, the Philippine Forum for Quality Basic Education (Educ Forum) provides a platform for consultation, collaborative research and analysis, and high-level advice to strategic basic education policy, planning, and programming.