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by Dr. Marco Meduranda, EPS-English

With the theme “Intensifying Quality Instructional Supervision towards Happy, Learning-Focused Schools,” SDO Navotas conducted the Division STAR Patrol Kumustahan (Project Debriefing Conference) on March 03, 2020 at Kapitbahayan Elementary School. Two hundred twenty-four (224) education champions attended the activity which were composed of supervisors, school heads, assistant principals, master teachers and department heads.

The participants were warmly welcomed by Dr. Sonia Padernal, Principal of Kapitbahayan Elementary School. Afterwards, Chief CID Mrs. Loida Balasa communicated the aims of the activity emphasizing that this was one way of harvesting success stories in the try-out phase of the Division STAR (School-based Technical Assistance for Raters) Patrol Project and a good process to promote a community of practice that advocates quality instructional supervision towards improved learning outcomes.

Inspiring the audience with his wisdom, Dr. Alejandro Ibañez recognized the efforts of all supervisors and school-based raters in the pilot implementation of the Division STAR Patrol Project. It can be recalled that on December 09, 2019, SDO Navotas launched Division STAR Patrol, a project that seeks to revolutionize instructional supervision by promoting a democratic, participatory and supportive educational leadership principles and practices with an intensified implementation of RPMS-PPST. From January 20 – February 14, all of the twenty-four schools participated in the try-out phase with around 184 school-based raters and 97 teachers, 23 division officials getting engaged in the process.

Dr. Marco Meduranda facilitated the debriefing activities. He divided the participants in small groups and assigned a PSDS or EPS to supervise the discussion. Education champions were led to evaluate the pilot implementation of the project by answering three essential questions: What went well? – What Went Wrong? – What Else Could be Improved?

During the presentation of group outputs, participants aptly shared the insights and suggestions that they gained from their focus group discussions. “I really like ‘Kumustahan’ activities like this one as it allows us to learn from one another and to be part of the continuous improvement of the project,” says Mr. Olival Cruz, Principal of Tangos National High School.

After the group presentation, selected education champions shared their testimonies about their respective Project STAR Patrol journeys. The teachers were Merylou C. Recamara, ALS teacher in Dagat-dagatan ES; Cristina P. Calingo, SPED teacher in Dagat-dagatan ES; Michelle C. Olita, kindergarten teacher in Bangkulasi ES; Maricar C. De Guzman, English teacher in Navotas NHS; Kim G. Galvez, senior high school teacher in Tangos NHS. Meanwhile, from the administrative group, the sharers were Ms. Jasmin Senson, principal of San Rafael ES; Mr. Olival Cruz, principal of Tangos NHS and Ms. Ann Laura Sengco, Assistant Principal from Tangos NHS. On the part of the supervisors, Dr. Zenaida Singson and Mr. Alberto J. Tiangco expressed how Project STAR Patrol helped to intensify quality instructional supervision.

Dr. Buenafe Sabado congratulated the participants for their utmost cooperation in the try-out phase. She claimed that with this kind and level of collaboration, all schools are ready for the full-scale implementation of the project come July 2020.

At the last part, education champions gladly received their certificates of participation of the activity. “I will never forget how my superiors supported me in my quest to become a proficient teacher. Thank you for this wonderful STAR Patrol project.” said by Ms. Michelle Olita, STAR Patrol maestra.