COCOPEA, CEAP, REX, DepEd, cascade Matatag Curriculum

In a groundbreaking partnership, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Rex Education, and the Department of Education (DepEd) have embarked on an initiative to roll out the MATATAG Curriculum across all regions of the Philippines. Themed “Capacitating the Private Education Sector for the Effective Implementation of the MATATAG Curriculum,” this initiative seeks to enhance the capabilities of private educational institutions in adopting the newly introduced curriculum effectively.

This pioneering initiative focuses on several critical aspects of the MATATAG Curriculum, including the exploration of the learning area shaping paper, the instructional design framework, the assessment of 21st-century skills, collaborative expertise, and understanding learning progression. These elements are crucial for educators to navigate and implement the curriculum successfully in their teaching practices.

The program’s pilot phase was launched with enthusiasm from February 29 to March 1, 2024, at San Beda College Alabang, targeting educators from Regions III, NCR, and Rizal. The opening of this seminal event was marked by inspirational messages from key figures in education: Rev. Fr. Gerardo Ma. De Villa, OSB, Rector-President of San Beda College-Alabang; CEAP President Fr. Albert N. Delvo; and Mr. Don Timothy I. Buhain, CEO of Rex Education. Their speeches underscored a shared commitment to advancing educational advocacy and the successful implementation of the MATATAG Curriculum.

Highlighting the collective dedication to this cause, a Pledge of Commitment Wall was signed by leaders such as Fr. Delvo, Fr. De Villa, Mr. Buhain, Ms. Jeanne Marie F. Tordesillas (Chief Marketing Officer of Rex Education), and Mr. Jose Allan I. Arellano (CEAP Executive Director). This symbolic gesture was later joined by all attendees, further solidifying the community’s commitment to educational excellence.

The first day of the program was rich with discussions, notably featuring a presentation on the MATATAG Curriculum General Shaping Paper by Dr. Isabel Victorino, Chief Education Program Specialist at the DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development. The afternoon sessions offered breakout discussions focusing on curriculum walkthroughs across different learning areas.

Continuing on the second day, participants engaged in deeper breakout sessions centered on the MATATAG Instructional Design Framework, pedagogy, assessment, collaborative expertise, and learning progressions, all aimed at enhancing their mastery of the new Basic Education Curriculum.

The initiative is poised for its second session on March 21-22, 2024, still hosted at San Beda College-Alabang, this time concentrating on Regions IV-A, IV-B, and Region V. With a total of seven planned runs, this comprehensive program aims to cover all 17 regions in the Philippines, demonstrating a united front in elevating the standard of education through the effective adoption and implementation of the MATATAG Curriculum.

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