Tri-Conference In-Service Training in CPAC
The teachers from Negros Occidental Conference, Negros Oriental – Siquijor Mission and West Visayan Conference conducted a tri-conference in-service training at the Central Philippine Adventist College (CPAC) Conference Hall on June 1-2, 2016. The said training was held for the preparation of the coming classes on June 13, 2016.
This two-day training was made successful through the cooperation of the superintendents and coordinators from the different conferences.
During the first day, a workshop on “Enhancing Assessment in Every Classroom” facilitated by Professor Raffy Ballesteros of St. La Salle, gave comprehensive view on how to assess students especially in making and constructing tests inside the classroom. He concluded his two sessions with a garden analogy. He said, “We think of our children as plants. Summative assessment of the plants is the process of simply measuring them. It might be interesting to compare and analyze measurement but, in themselves, these do not affect the growth of the plants. Formative assessment, on the other hand, is the equivalent of feeding and watering the plants appropriate to their needs directly affecting their growth.”
On the second day, Dr. Israel Entima, principal of Negros Mission Academy, shared and emphasized the importance of a successful school operation by having a comprehensive and realistic strategic planning.
Meanwhile, Dr. Isaias Guisando, principal of the Adventist Academy – Cebu (formerly East Visayan Academy), shared 10 important/special tips on how to deal students on the first week of classes.
Devotional messages were filled with inspiration as Pastor Eldyn Toledo, CPAC Vice-President for Student Administration, highlighted the significance of dealing with the minds of the 21st century children and how should mentors treat them in and outside the classroom. He further emphasized that each child is uniquely endowed with God’s gift. Mrs. Donna Lou A. Aragon, CPAC librarian, presented a remarkable acrostic of the word “TEACH”— Teach by Example, Excellence Must Be a way of Life, accept each Student through Heaven’s Eyes, Communicate Positively, and Hinge Yourself in Christ. Bro. Francis Doroy, CPAC church pastor, stressed that education in the biblical point of view is “building a temple for God.” According to him, we dedicate each study and ourselves for God’s cause.
A commitment service ended the two-day seminar workshop with Mr. Lemuel Banday, education director of CPUC as the speaker. He reminded the teachers to have the spirit of humility in their dealings with one another and possess a missionary spirit in the ministry they have chosen.
Moreover, the said event was spearheaded by Mr. Winnie Toledanes, NOC education director and Ms. Rose Mae Arizala, WVC education director and organized by Mrs. Delcy Melliza, CPAC – Academy principal, in coordination with Rex Bookstore. Present during this seminar were the three education directors from WVC, Mrs. RM Lariza; Mrs. Marilou Delos Santos of NSM and Mr. Winnie Toledanes of NOC. Participants included the following: Negros Mission Academy with 11 delegates, Negros Occidental Conference Elementary Schools with 57 delegates, West Visayan Conference with 96 delegates, West Visayan Academy with 15 delegates, Negros Oriental- Siquijor Mission with 19 delegates, Adventist Academy of Romblon with 1 delegate and Central Philippine Adventist College with 47 delegates. A total of 246 delegates participated in the training.
On a positive note, participants are looking forward for more training such as this in the middle of the school year or even just before 2017 begins.
Mr. Even d. Villar is the school principal of Central Philippine Adventist College – Elementary School in Alegria, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines.