Middle managers and school heads from the DepEd Region VI benefitted from a two-pronged program packaged by SEAMEO INNOTECH. The program comprised two blended flexible learning courses that sought to create an impact both on the regional and the school levels—(1) Change Management for the middle managers, and (2) CHANGeXCELS for the school heads.

Forty (40) middle managers from the region took part in the Change Management course, which was designed to enhance the leadership skills of division and regional supervisors in leading and managing change. The course was composed of five training modules that included discussions on Leading and Managing Change designed to give the participants an opportunity to understand better their specific leadership styles by which to gauge their readiness and capability to lead and manage change. Discussions on this also helped deepen the participants’ sense of commitment to positive change. A workshop also took place that enabled the participants to identify specific action steps to translate course learning and insights into an implementable action plan.

On the other hand, fifty (50) school heads participated in the month-long CHANGeXCELS course that aimed to enhance their competencies to implement educational changes beyond the school and the community. The course made use of two self-learning modules based on the Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads. Module 1 covered an introduction on change leadership and management with focus on theories and principles to guide successful implementation of change, while Module 2 provided the framework for operationalizing and sustaining change in the school.

The two courses simultaneously concluded recently during ceremonies held at the West Visayas State University. SEAMEO INNOTECH Center Director Dr. Ramon C. Bacani graced the event and awarded the certificates to the region’s middle managers for the Change Management course, and to the successful passers of the CHANGeXCELS course.

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