C & E Publishing, Inc. just recently launched the training program, Continuing Education for the New General Education (CE for the New GE). The program aims to support college educators in effectively teaching the new general education subjects thereby promoting a holistic development of learners. More than 100 administrators, professors, and instructors from over 25 higher education institutions from the National Capital Region and nearby areas in Luzon attended the first run of the training held at the C & E Information and Resource Center from April 4 to 6, 2018.
CE for the New GE was organized in pursuant to the Commission on Higher Education’s Memorandum Order No. 20, series of 2013, also known as General Education Curriculum: Holistic Understandings, Intellectual and Civic Competencies, which provides the framework and rationale of the revised general education curriculum (GEC) as a paradigm shift in the context of the K to 12 curriculum based on college readiness standards.
In his opening message, John Emyl Eugenio, C & E Publishing’s chief operating officer, emphasized C & E’s continuing professional development programs for educators in support of their career advancement because “C & E believes that first and foremost, teachers should be continuously equipped with relevant skills and competencies for them to be more efficient in their craft.”
The topics on the first day of the training focused on understanding the new General Education Curriculum. Dr. Amelia Biglete, director of the Office of Programs and Standards Development of CHED, provided updates on curricular reforms and the new GEC. Dr. Priscilla Viuya, former president of Tarlac State University and current President of Ecumenical Christian College, tackled the paradigm shift to outcomes-based education. Dr. Marilu Madrunio, dean of the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School, discussed the implementation of bridging programs for the new GEC. Dr. Fe Josefa Nava, CHED consultant for testing, measurement, research, and evaluation shared insights on how to efficiently assess the progress of learners under the new GEC.
Meanwhile, the second and third days of the training focused on instruction. Dr. Evelyn Vicencio, dean of the University of the East College of Education, detailed how to develop a course syllabus, while Dr. Jessie Barrot, dean of the National University College of Education, Arts, and Sciences, explored teaching pedagogies.
Parallel sessions on four of the core subjects under the new GEC made up the last part of the training. The facilitators were Dr. Madrunio for Purposive Communication; De La Salle University Associate Professor, Dr. Ederlina Nocon, for Mathematics in the Modern World; Ateneo de Davao University College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Dr. Daniel Joseph McNamara, SJ for Science, Technology, and Society; and CHED National Trainer, Tumoroh Brazalote, M.A., for The Contemporary World.
The new GEC aims to expose college students “to various domains of knowledge and ways of comprehending social and natural realities, developing in the process intellectual competencies such as critical, analytical, and creative thinking, and multiple forms of expression; and civic capacities.” It will take effect in June 2018 after the graduation of the first batch of senior high school students.
The CE for the New GE program will have reruns in various locations nationwide from April to May 2018 before the opening of classes.