The CNHS Bridge

by Albert Laoeng

He came meek as a deer, stayed like lion and left as a cat.  Mr. Virgiliio “Ace” Boado is now a former principal of Cuenca National High School.  He was transferred to Don Elpidio Quirino National High School in Agoo, La Union since the start of SY 2012 – 2013.  He is a good soldier who follows order.

It was September 2006 when he first entered CNHS. During his first meeting with us, I noticed a modulation of shyness on his voice.  As days went on, I noticed his face sagged a little bit seemingly a picture of an overworked employee.  I could still remember he said that his one year being a leader was equivalent to his ten years of teaching.  I could not say if he had some regrets then.  But not so very long when he was able to embed to the hearts of…

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The Chronicle of a Good Leader

by Albert Laoeng

He came meek as a deer, stayed like lion and left as a cat.  Mr. Virgiliio “Ace” Boado is now a former principal of Cuenca National High School.  He was transferred to Don Elpidio Quirino National High School in Agoo, La Union since the start of SY 2012 – 2013.  He is a good soldier who follows order.

It was September 2006 when he first entered CNHS. During his first meeting with us, I noticed a modulation of shyness on his voice.  As days went on, I noticed his face sagged a little bit seemingly a picture of an overworked employee.  I could still remember he said that his one year being a leader was equivalent to his ten years of teaching.  I could not say if he had some regrets then.  But not so very long when he was able to embed to the hearts of the faculties and the students his battle cry “We Strive to Make a Difference”, and then numerous changes and improvements were achieved.

I was in a seminar for K to 12 when he texted me “Abet last day ko na sa school ngayon”.  I heard some rumors before that he would be transferred to this school and that school so I thought this was another like that.  But when I received his text, I felt I was not ready to say anything and not ready to adjust for new leadership.  I sent him back words of assurances and encouragement on his new challenge.  That happened during vacation time.  We did not have any sendoff party to a leader who deserved everything.  He left and there he went.

To sir Ace, my leader, my friend, you will always succeed because you are success and you will always be loved because you are love.  May God bless you.

K TO 12: Challenges and Opportunities

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We often asked our selves these questions: What is the purpose of education? What are expected of us educators? And most often than not we are getting the following answers: We are in a vocation. We continually learn. We are facilitators. These are relevant questions and answers that guide us in imbibing in our consciousness that we are a part in the success of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

So what is K to 12 all about? Its main goal is to TRANSFORM BASIC EDUCATION.

With K to 12, we will produce holistically developed learners who have the 21st Century skills and are prepared for higher education, middle-level skills development, employment and entrepreneurship. Make our country more competitive by increasing the number of years of basic education. Secure the development of competencies across the grades. Expand job opportunities and improve preparedness for higher learning.

K to 12 builds on the reform thrust of BESRA on Quality and Accessible Education For All. BESRA as a package of reform initiatives considers K to 12 as the flagship reform strategy.

The K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum will be enhanced. It is enriched in the sense that the curriculum will be integrative, inquiry-based, constructivist and technology- enhanced. It is responsive as it is flexible to local needs. It is seamless, there is continuum following an expanding spiral progression model. It is decongested as it allows for mastery of competencies. It is learn-centered as it focuses on the optimum development of the Filipino learner.

The following are the challenges faced by the program: Financing; shortages of classrooms, teachers and instructional materials; teacher training and governance; to secure coherence in program implementation, review of the tri-focalization and sustenance and improvement of School-based management. Solutions to these challenges however, are already in placed.

The K to 12 program opened up opportunities in addressing access and inequality; securing the foundation of learning and transforming the curriculum.

Finally, what would it take to shift paradigms?

The answer… confront challenges head on and view these as opportunities.

An Insight of the Project SITE

Division of La Union, As It Moves On

(An Insight of the Project SITE)

Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong

ASDS, Deped La Union

                        Project SITE a.k.a SCHOOLS INITIATIVES TOWARD EXCELLENCE is a division-initiative project by the able leadership of Dr. Edna C. Leal, the Schools Division Superintendent of the Division of La Union.  Project SITE is a dream being made into reality by a leadership that makes educators who are expected to do their part to contribute to the desired “change for the better “in education.

                  In June 2005, Project SITE was launched in the DIVISION of La Union. One school year after, the project evaluation was done. This project helped raise the performance level of the division as evidenced by the National Achievement Test Results. It went through the years until each one and everyone got the inspiration and PROJECT SITE continues its existence.

                  After six years each group defines its own perspective, as Project SITE moves on.

             In the perspective of our DIVISION HEADS, Project SITE stands for Schools Initiatives Towards Excellence.  These are the Special Projects created and initiated by the different schools both in elementary and secondary which are intended to improve the learning outcomes and to carry out the dual role of education. First as an instrument of poverty alleviation such as the program’s Non-Academic Category like the “Earn While You Learn”. Second as an instrument in developing the human resource which is the initial objective of the program’s Academic Category and that is to produce quality learners and first class graduates.

                 In the perspective of an Administrator and School Head, Project SITE stands for Systems Intended for Transformation and End Results (Performance Goals). Since they are the ones responsible in the creation and execution of such, their creativity, leadership and management capabilities are tested year in and year out. There is no room for comfort zones.   School heads are now on challenging track of inventing and reinventing, of learning and relearning things that would ultimately bring them to finishing the race of achieving performance goals.

              In the perspective of a teacher, a mentor and a team player, Project SITE stands for Strategic Interventions for Trial and Error. Since these are experimental in nature, teachers have the opportunities of changing the face of education in aim to develop effective schools. Teachers become more of a team player, an innovator, an observer and facilitator, and an initiator of change. They might fail in some areas on the process, but in failing they will learn more, they can remedy and give more of themselves.

        In the perspective of student, Project SITE stands for Self Involvement for Thoughtful-Full Experience. Through Project SITE students are exposed to various updated and innovated strategies and pedagogies. They do not only become knowledgeable, they learn to be productive and active members of society. They are filled with sufficient knowledge and skills that will equip them for later battles of life.  They are no longer spectators, they are no longer mere recipients’ of learning, and they all become contributors in their respective roles.

          Project SITE has indeed stirred everyone in school and in community, working together to improve their school. Stakeholders extend support financially and in kind to sustain the school’s project with one aim in mind, “For the Good of Our children”.

              Project SITE is a win-win system of the Division of La Union. The battle cry which has opened for improvements: “THE SCHOOL WE HAVE IS THE SCHOOL WE MAKE” shall continue to echo in every heart and soul of every school.