Cebu Normal University, a leading multidisciplinary research university in education, has championed the virtuous cycle of knowledge sharing and knowledge building in teacher education. The university has been identified as the partner institution for “Study II – An Exploration of the Quality of Graduates of Teacher Education Institution” as part of the Scoping Study on Philippine Teacher Education of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). This laudable undertaking was concluded through “PADAYON: Philippine Pre-service Teacher Education Research Forum” of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) at the Philippine Normal University (PNU) on February 13, 2023.
The CNU research team from the College of Teacher Education is composed of the following: Dr. Michelle Mae Olvido, Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, Dr. Rivika Alda, Dr. Ethel Abao, Dr. Janet Mananay, Dr. Remedios Bacus, Dr. Maria Nancy Cadosales, Dr. Vincent Theodore Balo, Dr. Kim Francis Rodriguez, Ms. Baby Jane Uytico, Dr. Jewish Merin, Dr. Marchee Picardal, Dr. Jem Cloyd Tanucan, Dr., Dr. William Augusto, Dr. Jo Ann Petancio, Dr. Joje Mar Sanchez, Dr. Noremay Perez, Dr. Monique Cordova, and Dr. Gino Sumalinog.
The project is made possible by the support of the following: the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office headed by Secretary Leonor M. Briones especially the Policy Research and Development Division together with the different regional directors and research focal persons who partnered with the team for data gathering; the members of the Technical Panel for Teacher Education Dr. Brenda B. Corpuz, Dr. Paz I. Lucido, Dr. Felicitas E. Pado, Dr. Maria Teresita P. Medado, and Dr. Runvi V. Manguerra who served as expert consultants for the team; the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Office of Programs and Standards Development, Office of Planning, Research, and Knowledge Management; the Office of Commissioner Aldrin A. Darilag and Chairperson J. Prospero E. De Vera III for the funding, without which, this undertaking would not have been possible.
The CNU College of Teacher Education hopes that the research undertaking significantly impacts the uptake of evidence-based policymaking. Their study looks into contributing to more robust research-based evidence on dimensions and categories of teacher quality and sheds light on curricular innovations, management, leadership, and policy reforms in teacher education to ensure teacher quality.
Words by: Dr. Michelle Mae J. Olvido
Under the leading lights of the outgoing university president, Cebu Normal University (CNU) had achieved a good number of recognitions and awards which catapulted the university’s name to top excellence. Crimson and gold glimmered during Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil’s four-year term as a product of purposeful collaboration between the administration and stakeholders.
To formalize the conclusion of her term, an event held at the CNU grounds kicked off last April 29, 2021 and was physically attended by the CNU administrative council officials and members. Distant Normalites, on the other hand, had their eyes on screen as the event was broadcasted simultaneously on the university’s Facebook page.
Dr. Laurence Garcia, Chairman of the End-of-Report Portfolio, noted in his welcome remarks that this was “a day to be grateful to the administration that nurtured us even amid the trying times”.
While the event purposed to highlight Dayagbil’s report on her stay as the State University and College (SUC) President III of CNU, she desired to honor and recognize first those who have contributed to the achievement of the university’s strategic directions; thus, awarding plaques of appreciation to partner organizations, agencies, and individuals who helped in shaping the glory of CNU.
On her portfolio report and message, Dayagbil shared that she was reminded of the ending part of her investiture speech four years ago. “
As your president, it is my pleasure to partner with you and work with you on something that is bigger than any of us, an ongoing vision to chart the course for CNU to excel in innovative teaching and learning, cutting edge research, and relevant partnerships,” she repeated.
Dayagbil continued, “Fast forward today, as my presidency ends, I could proudly say that with your partnerships, we successfully accomplished what we have promised, achieving one milestone after another, in leaps and bounds.”
Representing her end-of-term report as “excelsior”, a Latin word and a catchphrase used by famous comic book writer Stan Lee, this described the entire CNU community’s collective efforts through the years, attaining noteworthy achievements to its five strategic directions: (1) sustaining quality and relevance; (2) enhancing research, development, and innovation; (3) expanding community engagement and linkages; (4) digitization and automation of operations; and (5) maximizing resource generation and utilization.
As she ended her speech, the outgoing president remarked, “Excelsior! Onward, Cebu Normal University!”
Words by Mark Aleson Sanico
Screenshots by Retlyn Ereca Ceballos
Cebu Normal University is set to receive P7 million worth of grants from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that would enable the university to implement three projects.
Two of these projects focus on improving flexible learning — the Flexible Learning Modality Training for Teacher Educators (FLMTTEd) with an allocation of over P2.5 million and the Flexible Instructional Materials Development for Teacher Educators (FIMDTEd) which has been earmarked P1.8 million.
The third project, Developing Global Filipino Teachers (DGFT), has been allocated a budget of P2.6 million. It aims to equip teachers with the needed pedagogical and socio-cultural competencies as global educators.
Amid the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, CNU has been actively pursuing projects meant to help convert threats and challenges to opportunities.
In a survey conducted by the university, educators expressed the need to reshape their lessons to include provisions for flexible learning modalities to meet the changing educational landscape brought about by COVID-19.
Thus, FLMTTEd aims to train faculty members of teacher education institutions on effective implementation of flexible learning modalities in the teaching learning processes in the new normal.
To achieve this, CNU has forged partnerships with Cebu Technological University-Tuburan Campus and Leyte Normal University.
On the other hand, FIMDTEd aims to develop research-based flexible instructional materials such as modules for the professional education courses in teacher education.
These will be utilized by educators, specifically those who are teaching in local colleges within Central Visayas.
The flexible instructional package for a professional education course includes lectures, readings, worktext, problem-based activities, and other resources that can be used in both face-to-face and online classrooms.
Meanwhile, the DGFT program of the CNU College of Teacher Education seeks to help Filipino educators in Cambodia increase their cultural awareness to address global change. This, as schools have increasingly become more culturally diverse.
It also aims to help the educators develop their teaching skills to create a learning setting wherein students respect each other, value diversity, and collaborate effectively.
The program is set to conduct intensive review classes, hands-on trainings on varied learning modalities and practice exercises to be done in Cambodia and in the Philippines.
With this program, teachers are expected to acquire the needed competencies as global educators, and pass the licensure examination at the same time. –/Chiel Martina Y. Condor/JMD
Graduate School Students’ Organization (GRASSO) of Cebu Normal University (CNU) initiated its first virtual GRASSO Day in the new normal last December 5, 2020 via Facebook live.
With the theme, “GRASSO Day 2020: An Introspection of Phyical and Mental Awareness in the New Normal”, GRASSO aimed to continue the yearly-celebrated event, despite the tolls caused by the pandemic.
In his welcoming remarks, Hon. Angelito Cabanilla, GRASSO President, shared that this year’s event focused more on graduate students’ mental health, whereas the past year was centered on physical activities.
“The Graduate School Students’ Organization believes that this is the right time for us to conduct the activity that could raise mental awareness to students who are having immense stresses,” said Cabanilla.
Several administrative officials also gave encouraging words to students; among them were CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil; Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daisy Palompon; Vice President for Research, Extension, and Publication Dr. Angeline Pogoy; Vice President for Administration Dr. Floriza Laplap; Dean of Office of Student Affairs Dr. Gwendelina Villarante; Dean of College of Teacher Education Dr. Ethel Abao; Dean of College of Nursing Dr. Emiliano Ian Suson II; and, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Milagros Greif.
The lecture proper kicked off with Ms. Marianne Taladua MA, RPSY, providing a detailed discussion about mental health.
Taladua explained the significance of mental health as it is associated to someone’s capacity of being productive in work, in relationships, and in contributions to the society.
To still liven the event, GRASSO hosted three contests participated by graduate students prior the event day.
For the first contest, graduate students showed their prowess in hammering words through essay writing contest.
Ms. Marjorey Cabigas (DA Literature and Communication) placed first with her piece “A Quarantine’s Soliloquy”; while Ms. Pythia Monique del Mar’s (MaEd English Language Teaching) “Once Upon a Quarantine” and Ms. Rensel Mae Barbado’s (MaEd Mathematics) “Self-Scrutiny in the New Normal” finished as second and third placers, respectively.
For techy students, a TikTok contest also took place where creativity through the use of music and videos were recorded.
Ms. Ethel Chrisia Cejano (MaEd Mathematics) earned the first spot with her “Simple Steps on How To Prevent COVID-19”; meanwhile Ms. Christy Canales (MaEd Mathematics) ended as second with her simulation of the “New Normal House-to-House Module Distribution”.
On the other hand, Spoken Poetry Contest hailed Ms. Christy Canales (MaEd Mathematics) as the winner, exuding her feelings and emotions virtually.
During the closing portion, GRASSO Adviser Dr. Catalina Canasa thanked the administration, officers, and all students who took part of the activity.
In addition, Canasa claimed with positivity that, “Lahat ng simula ay may wakas dahil walang forever. Kaya si COVID[-19] na ito, talagang walang forever ‘to. Darating ang araw, darating ang panahon na tayo ay mapupunta rin sa kung anuman ang mga pagbabagong nangyari sa ating buhay, patungo ito sa kaniyang kabutihan.”
Words by Mark Aleson Sanico