A national conference with the theme "Refocusing Normal Schools to Meet Quality Teacher Education" was held in SEAMEO INNOTECH in Quezon City on August 11-12, under the auspices of the Commission in Higher Education, Manila and with Bicol University as the host institution.
Two keynote speakers graced the conference: Dr. Yolanda S. Quijano who spoke on “The Role of Normal Schools and TEIs in Support of K-12 Curriculum and Mother-Tongue Based – Multilingual Education” and Dr. Nenalyn P. Defensor who spoke on “Refocusing Normal Schools to Meet Quality Teacher Education.” To set the context of the workshops of the presidents and vice presidents of the normal schools, Dr. Ester B. Ogena, President of the Philippine Normal University, talked about “Defining Quality Teacher Education and Imperatives for Action.”
The conference brought together 89 participants from all over the country broken down as follows: 33 form normal schools consisting of presidents, Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, deans and department chairs and Directors of Centers of Teaching Excellence; 36 from SUCs with teacher education colleges/units consisting of presidents, VPAAs, deans and other officials and faculty. Four guests from CHED, DEp Ed and AusAid were also present and 16 from Bicol University. The participants were welcomed by Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, President of Bicol University.
The 10 Presidents from SUCs with normal schools, namely -- the Philippine Normal University (PNU), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Pangasinan State University (PSU), Bicol University (BU), West Visayas State University (WVSU), Cebu Normal University (CNU), Leyte Normal University (LNS), Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Bukidnon State University (BSU) and Palawan State University (PSU)-- each talked about their respective normal school’s journey; their mandate and challenges to sustainability, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. The 10 Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs on the other hand, each presented their respective school’s priority programs, projects, and activities towards a common goal of promoting quality teacher education at par with international standards.
The conference convenors, CHED and Bicol University, successfully met the objectives of documenting the journey of the normal schools, reexamining and redefining the role of the normal schools in the light of major educational reforms and developing strong partnership between TEIs and DepEd, and among TEIs in the pursuit of higher education.
The challenge posed by Commissioner Nenalyn P. Defensor to the normal schools is to refocus their efforts, go back to what the normal schools are good at and to serve as models to other TEIs in providing effective teacher education programs. (Flor A. Jenkin/BUCE)
National Conference and Workshop on REFOCUSING NORMAL SCHOOLS TO MEET QUALITY TEACHER EDUCATION SEAMEO INNOTECH, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City
August 11, 2011 (Day 1): Registration 8:00 – 9:00
National Conference and Workshop on REFOCUSING NORMAL SCHOOLS TO MEET QUALITY TEACHER EDUCATION
SEAMEO INNOTECH, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City