By: Dr. Marco D. Meduranda

“We now have clear direction to thread as we continuously improve ourselves as principals or supervisors.” This is the insight given by Dr. Sonia Padernal, principal of Kapitbahayan Elementary School after the workshop on the Division Orientation on Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) and Philippine Professional Standards for Supervisors (PPSS) conducted last February 06, 2020 at the Division Office Conference Hall.

Participated by all principals, assistant principals and supervisors in the Division, the activity oriented the education champions on the domains, strands and indicators of the new leadership standards. They were also given information on how the standards were meticulously crafted by the Research Centre for Teacher Quality and DepEd’s Bureau of Human Resources and Organizational Development. Participants learned how do PPSS and PPSSH complement the existing Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) in order to improve human capital in the country.

Sessions on PPSSH were facilitated by Ms. Fresnedi V. Natividad, Public Schools District Supervisor and OIC-Principal of Tangos Elementary School while learning activities on PPSS were conducted by Dr. Marco D. Meduranda, Education Program Supervisor in English.

Dr. Buenafe E. Sabado emphasized the need to internalize the standards as this is crucial in the pivot to quality set by the department.On the other hand, Mrs. Loida O. Balasa, Chief Education Program Supervisor explained the value of interfacing the roles of school heads and supervisors towards ensuring improved learning outcomes of learners.

Participants were very engaged in analyzing the indicators and familiarizing them by identifying possible means of verifications. Discussions were rich as principals and supervisors actively share their thoughts about the standards. “With the standards now in place, there is now clear expectations and role definitions among all education champions. Knowing that this has been benchmarked to other standards and underwent rigorous research process, I am now more passionate to grow from one career stage to another and be more of help to the schools in the city,” remarked by Sir Alberto Tiangco, SDO’s new education program supervisor in Mathematics.