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DepEd San Juan conducts Division Orientation on the Homeroom Guidance Program

The Schools Division Office, through the Curriculum Implementation Division, conducted the Division Orientation on the Homeroom Guidance Program last October 13, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM via Google Meet. Division key officials, the school heads, and class advisers participated in the activity which aimed to clarify salient points on its implementation, as well as provided a venue for meaningful discussion on how to resolve emerging concerns from the field.

Dr. Emma A. Sendiong, Values Supervisor and concurrently the focal person for this program, emphasized the comprehensive and developmental nature of the Homeroom Guidance that centers on life skills encompassing three domains namely: academic, personal and social, and career development. It also forms part of the information services following the mental health program in the K to 12 Curriculum intended to mitigate the effect of the pandemic to the learners.

Topic 1 talked about its Implementation in the current school year as facilitated by Ms. Ma. Anthonette H. Salvador, Guidance Counselor III of San Juan National High School. She reiterated the principles reflected in the policy which highlights the Structured Learning Experience flow of the curriculum. Further, she outlined the roles and responsibilities of the different key players like the class advisers, the guidance counselors or designates, the school heads, and focal persons in the division, region, up to the central office. She also mentioned the time allotment and the status of modules to be used in the field.

Meanwhile, Ms. Maria Rosemarie Annie F. Mate, Guidance Counselor III from San Juan National High School, presented Session 2 which featured Assessment of Learners’ Development and Monitoring of the Program. She showed the verbal descriptions to be used by class advisers in communicating observations and progress report to be reflected in the School Form 9 and 10. It was mentioned that the monitoring and evaluation shall run from September 2021 up to July 2022.

Topic 3 was all about the run-through of the different annexes to be used which Mr. Jermel R. Diaz, Guidance Designate of San Juan City Science Academic Senior High School discussed. He went over each tool consisting of the following: Annex 1: Homeroom Guidance Observation Tool (for all class advisers); Annex 2: Homeroom Guidance School Implementation Tool (School Level); Annex 3: Homeroom Guidance Division Monitoring and Evaluation Tool (Division Level); Annex 4: Homeroom Guidance Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Tool (Regional Level); and Annex 5: Homeroom Guidance Learner’s Development Assessment Tool (K to 12). He discussed the expected entries for each of the forms and how these data would inform the teachers on how they can best support the learners in their academic life.

The program culminated with an Open Forum that enabled the participants to share their concerns like the availability of modules for reproduction in school and the possibilities to ease out some tensions and bottlenecks in schools having experienced similar program implementation woes because of the pandemic constraints. It was agreed that school heads would do everything in their power to assist the teachers in implementing the program, including the allotment of the necessary resources to reproduce the modules available in the portal with the hope that division key officials would be in the lookout for technical assistance in cases of difficulties. Overall, it was a productive meeting of the minds in order to address the gaps and other concerns from the field and come up with viable solutions as the journey continues throughout the school year.

Article written by:

Marnelli B. Tolentino - Education Program Supervisor in English


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