Posted by Michille on August 24th, 2006
Pasig City (24 August) — The Department of Education (DepEd) shall undertake the conduct of focus group discussions on the implementation of the Teacher Induction Program (TIP) for beginning teachers in public schools.
During the quarterly board meeting of the Teacher Education Council (TEC) presided by DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus yesterday, the education secretary underscored the importance of improving the competencies of teachers entering the service.
â€œThere is a real need to improve the quality of teachers entering the service of the Department and this is a major step towards that goal,â€ Lapus said. â€œWe are optimistic that the results of this pilot program will enable us to implement it to scale.â€
TIP is the flagship project of the Teacher Education Council. It aims to promote excellence in public education by enhancing the effectiveness in content knowledge and instructional skills of beginning teachers or those who have zero to three years teaching experience. The project also aims to improve the retention rate of beginning teachers and narrow the gap between pre-service and in-service education and training.
The pilot implementation of the induction program was launched in April and will run until November of this year, with 450 teachers, mentors and administrators in 15 school divisions participating in the pilot testing.
The focus group discussions aim to validate comments and recommendations made on the module and to gather additional in-depth feedback on the ongoing pilot implementation of the program.
Participants to the activity will include TIP managers, coordinators, mentors and inductees involved in the pilot implementation Prior to the pilot implementation of the induction program, zonal orientation seminar workshops were conducted among the regional directors, superintendents, assistants, supervisors, principals and master teachers, who will serve as TIP implementors. (DepEd)
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