Building a Core of K to 12 Instructional Coaches in DepED Zambales
In support of the K to 12 reform program of the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd), a core group of division and district supervisors from the DepEd Field Office in Zambales participated in a SEAMEO INNOTECH training program meant to build their capacities as instructional coaches.
The program was divided into several learning sessions which ultimately led to the development of a shared agenda on instructional supervision for school heads on the implementation of K to 12.
A total of thirty (30) district and division supervisors from the DepEd Zambales took part in the training sessions that engaged them in exercises promoting a deeper understanding of their roles and responsibilities as instructional coaches. At the same time, the conversations enabled them to reflect on how best to facilitate their role as instructional coaches to increase the instructional capacities of their subordinates.
An introduction to the K to 12 basic education curriculum was also given to provide them with some techniques and creative strategies on how to introduce innovations and enhancements appropriate to the developmental needs of learners in their schools divisions.
Likewise, a session on classroom-based action research was conducted to facilitate better appreciation of the importance of action research which can be used as a tool to improve teaching practice and student learning.
The training design also included participation in SEAMEO INNOTECH’s 13th International Conference on ESD which gave the education supervisors a chance to keep abreast of current and emerging education challenges and opportunities.
SEAMEO INNOTECH continued to provide technical assistance to the DepEd Zambales until the finalization of its division-wide instructional coaching plan.