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Sapang Bato Elementary School located in Sitio Target, Porac Pampanga has a student population of around 350 students, majority of whom are Aetas. In September 2015, EBM Junior Council Officers Paolo Vera and Monty Ngan inaugurated the newly installed artesian wells in the school premises, to provide the school with water for drinking, cleaning and washing. The installation of artesian wells is just the beginning of an entire Health and Nutrition Program conceived by EBM for Sitio Target. This is in line with EBM’s goal to promote the health and nutritional status of school children in order to enhance their motivation and improve academic outcomes.
With the incorporation of Cecilia Ignacio, as officer of the Junior Council in 2017, EBM resumes the Nutrition Program for the pupils of Sitio Target. Hence, on December 18, 2017, Cecilia together with the EBM staff, met with the school officials to finalize the Three - Year Feeding Program starting this July 2018.
The Health and Nutrition Program includes a twice a year Medical - Dental Mission in collaboration with dentists, pediatricians and internists who generously volunteer their services for the benefit of the underprivileged children in this area.
The training of Barangay Elementay School Principals was conducted with Professor Katherine Claudette Avelino-Tandoc as resource speaker. It was held on September 29, 2017 at the DepEd Division Office in Roxas City.
An overview using audio-visual about Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation was presented prior to the welcome message by Mr. Mac Apusin, DepEd Division Superintendent of the Division of Capiz.
Ms. Rosalinda Basas, gave a challenging message to the administrators, pointing out the value of time and nurturing school environment.
Progressive Approaches in Early Education were presented with a twist, having a review of the different developmental theories and principles of teaching.
Participants were very participative as they listened to the presentation which for them was very interesting and enlightening.
Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Education were given emphasis to the delight of the principals.
It was an enlightening day for them as they learned varied and new approaches in managing classroom activities.
Based on the evaluation, the following insights were culled:
-They re-discovered their passion for teaching the inclusive way.
- Learning new approaches/strategies can pave the way to become innovative in dealing with classroom issues affecting teachers and students as well.
- Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Early Education are very relevant to effective teaching.
- It is very reassuring to understand the issues encountered by students who are academically challenged.
Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation continuously responds to the needs of Inclusive Teachers in coordination with DepEd Capiz division. On Aug. 4, 2017, we went further in this commitment by providing a follow-up activity on Assessment at the division office in Roxas City. It was well attended by 60 inclusive teachers with Dr. Ruth Gervero tirelessly coordinating the event. Ms. Concepcion de la Cruz enthusiastically welcomed all the participants with some challenging thoughts.
The whole day seminar - workshop was facilitated by Ms. Mayumi F. Gonzales, a Sped Specialist & Behavioral Therapist. It was an important course that enhances the assessment skills of inclusive teachers. The workshop motivated participants as they experienced critiquing part of the session. Data utilization was given emphasis in handling cases of the differently- abled children. Moreover, they learned how data could be used in modifying educational programs to answer specific needs of clients.
It was "a great learning day" as affirmed by some participants. Summary of evaluation was very inspiring, as they presented significant insights after the training, such as:
• We discovered the right assessment tools.
• We learned the proper way of conducting assessment.
• We became confident doing assessment tasks.
• We learned different strategies in assessing our students with learning difficulties.
• It was a learning discovery.
• We became confident and more creative in handling classroom concerns.
• We are assured that the different issues of our student will be given proper intervention.
Fifty public elementary school teachers assigned to classes with differently-abled children in the DepEd - Capiz Division, participated in a seminar–workshop entitled “Rediscover the Passion for Teaching: the Inclusive Way,” held in the multi-purpose hall of the Division last May 26-27, 2017.
The seminar–workshop was sponsored by Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation as part of its commitment to improve the quality of education in the public schools through teacher training. The facilitators were Mrs. Edith Penano, an experienced Guidance Counselor and Mrs. Melinda “Mel” Azurin, an expert in Creative Arts for Children. Both have retired from their respective professions but have retained the passion to get involved in undertakings that build capabilities of teachers and learners.
Mrs. Penano gave a very engaging review of the different developmental theories of Dewey, Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky and Montessori, to the delight of the teachers. Such theories were then expressed through the Creative Arts activities prepared by Teacher Mel.
From the two-day Seminar-Workshop, the participants gained a deeper appreciation of the role of Inclusive Education in shaping the future of differently-abled children. They learned techniques and strategies on how to detect and handle children with special needs. Further, the use of Arts and Play activities provided more enlightenment on understanding the world of the child.
Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation, represented by its Executive Director Ms. Rosalinda Basas and her Assistant Ms. AyrishTuazon, is grateful for the continued support of DepEd Superintendent Miguel Mac Aposin, Ph.D and Ruth Gervero, Ph.D., Education Program Supervisor – SPED and ALS.
EBM Sponsors Capiz SPED Teachers to participate in Kaleidoscope:
‘Kaleidoscope’ a Workshop designed to help early childhood educators explore current trends and issues that affect children aged 0-8, gave two slots to 4 slots to EBM sponsored participants namely: Edith Penano and Ayrish Tuazon from EBM, Genna May Fasoy from Dumalag Central School and Margie Lou Dacles from Maayon Elementary School.
This Workshop was organized by Michelle Lichauco Tambunting, Maricar Gustillo de Ocampo and Claudette Avellino-Tandoc and was held on April 29-30, 2017 at the Alabang Country Club .
We aim to help raise awareness and funds to empower underprivileged children through quality education experience.
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