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  • Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development, Inc. (FIT-ED)

     
    PROJECT TITLE
    Technology-Supported Elementary School Teacher Professional Development
     
    GOAL
    To accelerate professional development of K-3 teachers on early literacy
     
    LOCATION
    240 Elementary Schools in 40 Divisions in 13 Regions
     
    BENEFICIARIES
    240 elementary schools, 240 school heads, and 3,840 K-3 teachers
     
    DURATION
    2 years
     

    BACKGROUND
    The present face-to-face and cascade training method for in-service of teachers can accommodate around 4,000 teachers per year and is only being done during the school breaks. The Department of Education (DepEd) currently lists 193,364 K to 3 teachers nationwide who require basic literacy training (DepEd, 2014). With this method, it will DepEd take 50 years to train all K to 3 teachers.

    ACTIVITIES
    USAID, through the Philippine-American Fund, supports the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development, Inc. (FIT-ED) and its partnership with DepEd in developing a technology-based course ware to equip primary educators in teaching basic literacy. The multimedia content is based on the modules of DepEd’s basic course for K to 3 teachers, which covers 14 domains of language and literacy. The project mobilizes the DepEd Learning Action Cells to effectively deliver, continually assess and improve training content and methods.

    Unlike the present face-to-face method, the training technology being introduced can be used any time during the school year. It can be accessed by more users and reduce the cost for the delivery of teacher training on basic education.

    UPDATES AS OF MARCH 2017
    During the quarter, a Content Pedagogical Knowledge (CPK) pre-test and Teacher Strength Needs Assessment (TSNA) was administered to 3,886 K to 3 Teachers. Teachers in target regions scored poorly in the initial test results. This resulted in prioritizing the coaching of learning facilitators through webinars to provide assistance to the teachers in the learning action cells.

    FIT-ED also conducted four webinar sessions which was attended by 144 learning facilitators (81 percent women). These sessions focused on the following topics: supervision and monitoring, assessing learning and progress, data management and analysis, and successful learning action cells.

    FIT-ED completed the development of modules on language learning and literacy development, teaching reading and writing in the K to 3 classrooms, and numeracy. Guides for learning facilitators and use of courseware were also completed during the quarter.

    Since the project launched with DepEd, FIT-ED was able to distribute course packages to the 240 recipient schools while webinar packages were distributed to 42 learning facilitators and regional monitors. The webinar packages include communication devices to be used during sessions of learning facilitators.