JPMorgan, CENTEX organize first Principal and Teacher Training Institute

Ayala Foundation, through the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) and in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, recently completed the first phase of the JPMorgan Chase–CENTEX Principal and Teacher Training Institute.

Carrying the theme “Breaking the Chains of Poverty through Education,” this is the first JPMC- and CENTEX-organized training and mentoring sessions for public-school teachers and principals from the Department of Education Division of Manila.

The program held its first phase throughout the month of April, training a total of 210 public school teachers and principals, 50 of whom were school principals and master teachers. The program hopes to train an additional 40 teachers and school heads before the school year starts in June.

The training covered such subjects as teaching pedagogy, teaching methodology, and values integration, with focus on classroom management, brain-based education, and values education. Also discussed during the training were the following–the importance of developing critical-thinking skills following the Community of Inquiry framework, and Values Clarification, with emphasis on the DepEd’s values of Integrity, Accountability, and Patriotism.

“Thank you for the wonderful opportunity of having public school teachers attend a training workshop like this. I hope that insights gained could really help and guide me as I carry out my mission as a teacher–that is, to make a difference in the lives of my students,” shared Karen Paja, a teacher from the Legarda Elementary School.

The second phase of the training will provide year-round mentoring sessions and continued learning opportunities for participating teachers. They will also be visited at their schools to discuss teaching experiences, while principals and master teachers who went through the training will serve as mentors and provide on-site coaching.

The final phase of the training institute will make use of CENTEX Manila as a laboratory school, where participating teachers can come and observe classes.

CENTEX is a project of the Department of Education and Ayala Foundation Inc., with support from corporate sponsors and local government units. It aims to provide bright but economically disadvantaged children with education whose quality is equal to that of the best private schools in the country. Two CENTEX schools–Tondo, Manila and Bauan, Batangas–have roughly 1,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade Six.

To support CENTEX and its programs,

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