by Anna Grace M. Cabanilla, Baguio City National High School (ILEP Fellow, 2017, Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Great teachers never stop learning.
Teachers from different parts of the country gathered for the 3rd TEApanan (Talk-Engage-Act) on May 3 – 5, 2019, at Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod. TEApanan is an annual national conference for teachers being conducted by International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) -Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program (FDAI) Philippines Alumni Association (IFDPAA). FDAI is the new name of ILEP—a five-month study grant funded by the US Government and implemented by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF also known as the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines) where chosen teachers go to the US for a five-month study program where they get to enroll in audit courses at a chosen university, teach in local schools and immerse themselves to the culture of the United States of America through cultural activities and host family encounters.
During the 3-day conference, the participants got the chance to interact with and learn from ILEP alumni and guest speakers. The following are the speakers and the topics they delivered: Professor Dominic V. Maquiran (ILEP fellow), Associate Professor in Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines-Visayas, talked about Classroom Management for the 21st Century Inclusive Curriculum Humanizing Education and Anti-oppressive Education; Mr. Julio Amador III, (PAEF) Executive Director, spoke about PAEF and Professional Development for Teachers and Students; Joselito D. Delos Reyes, Resident Fellow at University of Santo Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, shared about Social Media Ethics in School Setting; Ms. Tara Belgacem, Instructor and Teacher Mentor in Seattle, Washington, discussed about Creating Dynamic Support System:Using Collaboration to Strengthen Teacher Networks and Ease our Workloads; Mr. Joseph V. Gutierez (ILEP Fellow), Senior Education Program Specialist, Bureau of Curriculum Standards Development Division, Department of Education explained the Theory of Change: Implication to a Dynamic Education System; and, Dr. Rowena R. Hibanada (ILEP Fellow), PNU Faculty and Metrobank Awardee, spoke about Non-cognitive Skills. Paper presentations were also included in the conference, where ILEP fellows, together with teacher-participants, shared their researches.
The participants were also given the chance to join quick tours around Bacolod where they were flabbergasted by the stunning tourist spots of Bacolod. This gave the participants a glimpse of the city’s culture. The organizers also led an outreach activity where they gave bags of school supplies to the children of the maintenance staff of the host school. This is to show their gratitude to the host school and also to celebrate the blessings for the ten-years of existence of ILEP/FDAI in the Philippines.
This conference, according to the participants, reinvigorated their passion in their chosen field. They also said that they are now excited to go back to their respective stations to apply what they have learned. Indeed, great teachers continue to develop themselves for the benefit of their learners.
TEApanan came from the Filipino term “tipanan” which means “pagtitipon” (meeting).