THE DEPARTMENT of Education has launched DepEd Teaches to further assist teachers during the pandemic.

/ 25 December 2020

THE DEPARTMENT of Education has launched DepEd Teaches to further assist teachers during the pandemic.

DepEd Teaches is an online program featuring episodes that focus on steps and initiatives in overcoming educational challenges.

“This [DepEd Teaches] initiative is a contribution of the Curriculum and Instruction strand to support the efforts of the Department of Education in communicating with our various stakeholders as it serves as a mechanism for providing technical assistance to the field as we are adapting to the new normal in basic education,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

During the virtual launch of the program, Education Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio explained that DepEd Teaches also aims to address confusion and doubts on the curriculum, instruction, and assessment initiatives of the department.

“The other thing that we feel would most likely influence the effectiveness of the learning activities for distance learning delivery modality is the presence of the intense communication mechanism between the teachers and the home [parents and learners]. Because if there is constant communication, doubts, confusions and uncertainties and even the difficult activities or problems that have been assigned to be undertaken and solved by learners will be addressed effectively,” San Antonio said.

Education Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction Alma Ruby Torio tackled the focus of each “Overcoming Challenges” series, namely: curriculum, learning delivery modalities, classroom assessment, and learning resources.

Director Ariz Delson Acay Cawilan shared one of the best practices of Lutucan Integrated National High School in Sariaya, Quezon Province on managing learning resources.

The LINHS utilized technology to maximize interaction with learners and lessen the cost of printed modules, using Facebook groups, FB messenger, G-meet and Zoom app for online interaction, and continuous upskilling of teachers through virtual or face-to-face lock-up sessions.

“We will continue facing these challenges. We will continue to adjust to the changing needs for education. We will continue projecting what the future of education will be and we will continue developing ways by which, such creative ways will enhance the role of teachers in implementing DepEd programs and initiatives,” Briones said.

To create a community of practice on curriculum, instruction and assessment issues, DepEd Teaches will run episodes featuring best practices from regional directors, schools division superintendents, school principals and teachers starting January 2021.