MARLET R. SANTOS
A lot of changes have been happening lately, especially in the field of education. We have to embrace change and respond to them effectively.
This is especially true because of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. Educators should be given the opportunity to strengthen their capabilities in achieving the goals of this program.
Leadership is a gift, which is the key to successfully mobilizing human, material, and financial resources to achieve the goals of an organization like the DepEd.
Leaders must have sound relationship and maintain good communication with their constituents. They have to know how to communicate change effectively with peers and subordinates, which should then be cascade to others.
The DepEd underscored to education leaders that public service is not about power but about joy of introducing reforms, the joy of touching people and the joy of teaching them new ways of thinking and of serving the people.
Meanwhile, educators should be given opportunities for professional development in the form of forums and seminars which may tackle about leadership in the digital age; leadership and public accountability; trust in leadership: why it matters; and key elements that make for a good public servant, among others.
As the K to 12 program is in our midst, educators cannot remain isolated and detached from national and global issues. We must engage the external environment and remain collaborative and proactive so that our decisions remain sound, responsive, and greatly beneficial to the Filipino learners.
There is a need to remind education leaders to remain rooted and true to the very core of their position which is only held in trust. We should conduct ourselves with dignity while nurturing the people in our organization so that we are worthy of the trust reposed upon us.
The author is Teacher III at Pampanga High School