Continuing Professional Development
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