EM­BRAC­ING CHANGE

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

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.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Pam­panga High School

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