Over six (6) months have passed since the lockdown. School owners and administrators are still struggling to imagine what the new normal will be like, specifically how to create a resilient learning environment that maintains standards or better yet raises them without sacrificing student’s overall health and safety of all concerned stakeholders. We become actors in a grand experiment that involves an unprecedented shift in the Philippine education landscape where brick and mortar schools are no longer a viable option. The four walls of the classrooms and armchairs are empty and replaced by other modalities such as online classrooms, TV and radio broadcasts, offline/printed learning modules, and blended learning.
With this in mind, the PACU Programs committee led by Ms. Laurice Faye R. Juarez and members, Dr. Caroline Enriquez, Dr. Patricia Lagunda, Mr. Anthony Tamayo, Dr. Susie Eala, and ED Joyce Samaniego proposed a series of webinars for School Year 2020-2021 entitled, “Shifting Education Paradigms and Futureproofing Philippine Education Towards Resilience and Continuous Development”. This is made possible by the partial funding of PEAC through the ASPIRE Program.
The PACU Webinars aims to be a platform to discuss and highlight school management best practices this school year especially as we adjust to the “new normal” particularly on flexible learning curriculum, in-service training, human resource management, student services, legal policies, and multi-stakeholder relations. Further, it serves as a useful online resource as our members shift digitally, innovate and explore new ways to keep up with the soaring demand for talent and emerging 21st-century skills, assuring the agility of graduates and their school credentials, future-proof.
The committee hopes that the webinar will be an avenue to reach out to our schools, provide inputs, frameworks, evidence-based practice and innovation and design challenges that will help them move forward and ensure that delivery of education and learning never stops.
It has already been a weekly habit to tune in via FB Live in our PACU FB Page for these webinars where all are invited to participate, PACU and non-PACU members- school administrators, faculty, and staff. Access to the webinar is free of charge.
To date, ten 10 webinars have been produced with the initiative of the Programs Committee and Trustees who served as speakers. Here’s a list of webinars that have been aired since it was launched in May.
15,000+ views via FB Live
80+ participants via Zoom
700+ views via MS Teams
2,200+ views via MS Teams
6,600 views via FB Live
8.9K views via FB Live
16,318 views via FB Live
46K+ views via FB Live
5K+ views via FB Live
4K+ views via FB Live
Through these webinars, PACU member schools are able to equip themselves with enough knowledge, skill, and mindset necessary to quickly adapt and transform brick and mortar schools, even financially strapped at that, into schools of the future. One that embraces online platforms, not just a hastily assembled, short-term replacement for classes, but long term extensions of classroom instruction, school life, and off-campus learning.
Despite the enormous challenge brought by this crisis, it breeds a renewed opportunity to reconfigure the future of Philippine education and learning where quality education must no longer be difficult to reach by anyone, anywhere they may be in the archipelago. Where equitable access is ensured no matter the socioeconomic status of the learner. ***