‘We came home as different, better leaders and individuals’
Twelve DepEd staff who joined the BEST-organized study tour to Queensland, Australia had returned and gathered on 1 June 2018 to share their insights on their recent trip down under.
The DepEd-BEST Education Mission to Queensland, Australia from 4 May to 19 May 2018 provided opportunities to take home lessons on the following education areas: leadership, mentoring, and coaching; professional teacher standards; school improvement, school management/supervision; P-12/Australian curriculum; learning resources; one school system/data management; inclusive education; indigenous education; student services/character education; senior high school education; ALS/Flexi schools; bilingual education; distance education; and technical-vocational education.
Participant Maria Cecilia O. Nayve, Supervising Education Program Specialist from DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development, shared that the study tour “was a successful benchmarking exercise that is very relevant to program holders and curriculum specialists from the Bureau of Curriculum Development.”
“The study tour has provided opportunities to see the best practices and different models, particularly on differentiated instruction, inclusive education, mentoring, curriculum design, school management, unified data management system, flexible learning system, among others. I was able to see the gap based on the DepEd’s current practices and now working to ensure that ideas will be translated to action,” said Ms Nayve.
“We left the country and came home as different, better leaders and persons because of this trip,” said Dr. Marillete Almayda, director of DepEd Bureau of Learning Delivery (BLD), after touring the Queensland Department of Education and various schools and institutions.
Dr. Almayda added: “We learned so much and now we are looking forward to more learnings and the opportunity to serve our learners. The experience was unforgettable and this will be forever etched in our hearts. We are forever indebted. Not everyone is given this rare privilege.”
The 12 participants came from the Bureau of Learning Resources, Bureau of Learning Delivery, and Bureau of Curriculum Development. View more photos