Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment

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IN-SER­VICE Train­ing of Teach­ers, Sem­i­narWork­shop on Teacher De­vel­op­ment, K-12 Cur­ricu­lum Teach­ers Train­ing – these are just some of the train­ings and sem­i­nars an­nu­ally at­tended by teach­ers. So, is there re­ally a need to re­quire Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment units for all pro­fes­sions?

I don’t know about the predica­ments of other pro­fes­sion­als, but even be­fore the dis­cus­sion on the re­quire­ment of CPD prior to re­new­ing li­cense, teach­ers are al­ready par­tic­i­pat­ing and at­tend­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment train­ings and work­shops whole year round - from school level to even in­ter­na­tional sta­tus. The in-ser­vice train­ing of teach­ers alone is I think suf­fi­cient enough for teach­ers to be up­dated on cur­rent trends and tech­niques in teach­ing, which are at the core of the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. Teach­ers do not need to spend money just to at­tend train­ings or con­fer­ences ini­ti­ated by pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions just to as­sim­i­late knowl­edge, skills, and eth­i­cal val­ues re­lated to their pro­fes­sion.

Need­less to say, teach­ers are very much aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of keep­ing abreast with cur­rent strate­gies and tech­niques in teach­ing for they be­lieve that learn­ing is a life­long process. Thus, they even will­ingly en­roll for masters and doc­tor­ate de­grees, at their own ex­pense, so that they can ap­ply what they have learned to their work.

Yes, the planned con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de- vel­op­ment pro­gram of the gov­ern­ment is a com­mend­able ini­tia­tive in en­cour­ag­ing Filipino pro­fes­sion­als to con­tin­u­ously learn and broaden their knowl­edge, but this should not be en­forced as a re­quire­ment be­fore re­new­ing our pro­fes­sional li­cense. The years we spent in col­lege to fin­ish our ed­u­ca­tion, fol­lowed by pass­ing the coun­try’s board ex­am­i­na­tion are suf­fi­cient enough to prac­tice our cho­sen pro­fes­sion. In essence, we are qual­i­fied to per­form the du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties pre­scribed in our cho­sen fields of spe­cial­iza­tion. After all, the best way to learn is when we are at our work­place prac­tic­ing our pro­fes­sion sub­se­quently de­vel­op­ing the knowl­edge and skills re­quired to per­form our job well. By Janet T. Gaw­idan School-Based Feed­ing Pro­gram (SBFP) for one hun­dred twenty days. Par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis should be given on the use of “malung­gay, kal­abasa, alug­bati “to en­hance the nu­tri­tional value of the food to be feed to the chil­dren.

An ef­fec­tive school feed­ing pro­gram can surely help in the at­tain­ment of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. By Carmelita B. Sad-ang

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