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Are TESDA Graduates Half-Baked? (Need for Licensing for our Skilled Workers)

“TESDA Graduates are half-baked.” For me, these words are a red flag that means something is amiss. My curiosity as to why Mr. Tony Galvez, CEO & President of Tony Galvez School of Cosmetology, can give such a strong statement about TESDA graduates led me to stay and listen to what he has to say about TVET with an open mind.


However, first let’s answer the question, “what makes a technical-vocational education (TVET) graduate “fully baked?” Mr. Galvez showed me this Philippine Qualifications framework (PQF) to explain his point.


What does this PQF mean to TVET?

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100 Things About CT (Cognitive Therapy) a Special Education Teacher Must Know (Part 1)

I am reading this really interesting book about Cognitive Therapy: 100 Key Points & Techniques and I want to share them to all of you. It will be a summary of the keypoints which I find most useful to me as a special education teacher.

First, let’s start with some key definitions.


What is cognitive therapy?

It is an approach within the cognitive behavior therapy that seeks to improve how a person is feeling by helping them identify, examine and modify their thinking that is causing them anxiety, sorrow or pain.


Brief History

Cognitive Therapy was developed by Aaron T. Beck, an American psychiatrist, at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960s. This approach initially focused on the treatment for depression but CT appears to be applicable also in different disorders including phobia, anxiety, substance abuse, personality disorder, OCD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. It can also be used for adolescents and older people.


Here is the first 11 Keypoints listed in Michael Neenan and Windy Dryden’s book “Cognitive Therapy: 100 Keypoints & Techniques”.

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Football: An Instrument of Transformation For Street Kids and the Marginalized

Ang Nagkahiusang Kabatan-onan Alang sa Kalamboan (ANAKK) Sta.Cruz is running a Social Sports School, which provides alternative learning systems, formal education and livelihood skills in STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur. ANAKKSanta Cruz  is  a non-profit organization promoting the rights of disadvantaged youth. The Football sports program of ANAKKSanta Cruz is supported this year by Fundacion MAPFRE and Fundacion Real Madrid.



Aside from the out of school youth, the Social Sports School also caters its services to the poor and marginalized sectors in towns of Hagonoy, Padada and Digos City, said ANAKK’s executive director Pablo Tanuan. Tanuan said they also provide assistance to those who are taking formal education in elementary and high school levels. Among those who benefited from the non-formal schooling are Bonifacio Fuentes and Junrey Midagat, both used to be part of a gang in Digos City.


What is it like to be a street kid and a gang member in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur?

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The Use of ICT in Inclusive Education by @rmafoundation awardee, Mr. Mahabir Pun

Last Monday, several people gathered at Ramon Magsaysay Foundation to listen to Mr. Mahabir Pun talk about the use of ICT in inclusive education. He also narrated his experiences and challenges as the “Father of Internet in Nepal”.



As an educator, when I listen to inspiring speakers share about their life, I always look at how I can use what I learned from the talk in connection to providing quality education for all. My guide questions are “what should I take in from this experience?” and “how would my life be different from it was before after this talk?”. It didn’t dawn on me until the very end what inclusive education meant in a broader perspective. That proved to be my major blunder.


Only after the actual talk did I I realize I have been limited by my own knowledge. How? Why? These are my reasons:


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“A Talk to Teachers” By James Baldwin

I came across this essay while looking for the source for James Baldwin’s famous quote on children. I was hoping that this essay was the source. However, as I found out, it was not.


The James Baldwin’ quote on children I was looking for was taken from “James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In Nobody Knows My Name (1961). “The Precarious Vogue of Ingmar Bergman,” first published in Esquire (New York, April 1960).” You can also see it in Fifth Avenue, Uptown and in the book “The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-Fiction1948-1985” by James Baldwin.


Still, I consider it a lucky coincidence that my search led me to reading “A Talk to Teachers”. I find this essay timeless. Some examples such as Khrushchev, as they are a realities from before, can now represented symbols for different things depending on where you are.


So from one teacher to another, I highly suggest this food for the brain read and hopefully you end up questioning the world we teachers move after reading this.



(Delivered October 16, 1963, as “The Negro Child – His Self-Image”; originally published in The Saturday Review, December 21, 1963, reprinted in The Price of the Ticket, Collected Non-Fiction 1948-1985, Saint Martins 1985.)


Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.  Everyone in this room is in one way or another aware of that.  We are in a revolutionary situation, no matter how unpopular that word has become in this country.  The society in which we live is desperately menaced, not by Khrushchev, but from within.  To any citizen of this country who figures himself as responsible – and particularly those of you who deal with the minds and hearts of young people – must be prepared to “go for broke.”  Or to put it another way, you must understand that in the attempt to correct so many generations of bad faith and cruelty, when it is operating not only in the classroom but in society, you will meet the most fantastic, the most brutal, and the most determined resistance.  There is no point in pretending that this won’t happen.


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International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTED 2014) Call For Papers

The International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTED 2014), to be held on August 21-23, 2014, now accepts abstract proposals.


What is ICTED or International Conference on Teacher Education?


According to ICTED‘s site, The International Conference on Teacher Education  (ICTED) is a biennial event sponsored by the College of Education of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. The conference serves as a venue for sharing ideas among academicians, educationists, teacher educators, teacher-practitioners, school administrators, and policymakers on how teacher education can best serve society.


This year’s conference, which has for its theme “Diversity in Education: Perspectives, Challenges and Collaborative Actions”, will be held at Quezon City, Philippines on August 21-23, 2014. ICTED 2014 presents an excellent opportunity for teacher educators and practitioners to exchange global views and experiences in addressing diversity and sharing best practices in teacher education.



  1. To serve as venue for international exchange of research that elucidates and informs about the perspectives, challenges and collaborative actions on diversity of education
  2. To strengthen professional collaboration through educational research, exchange fellowships and other learning opportunities and scholarships
  3. To initiate and promote cross-cultural research collaborations and partnerships among teacher education institutions
  4. To identify models of the teacher education programs that demonstrate university-school-family-community collaborations to improve student learning




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List of Developmental Pediatricians in the Philippines

You are probably in this page because you are looking for assessment for your child who is at risk or your pediatrician encouraged you to seek a professional’s opinion.


Dr. Banaag – Father of Child Psychiatry here in the Philippines

Below is a list of developmental pediatricians and psychiatrists in the Philippines who can help you learn more about your child’s special needs.


Before we go to the list, I think its important that we define these professions here:

Developmental pediatricians are physicians (doctors) who address special needs or special care issues for children with special needs. Sometimes they are called neuro-developmental pediatrician.


Psychiatrists are medical practitioners specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.  They are doctors.


Clinical psychologists are psychotherapists or a therapist who deals with mental and emotional disorders. They are not medical doctors like the first two but they can get a doctorate degree in their profession. 


Special Education Diagnosticians are specialists or experts in making diagnoses. They can be medical doctors or veteran practitioners in their field.


(Alphabetical Order)

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@Metmuseummanila and Embassy of France Presents “BRAVE NEW WORLDS: Utopia in Dystopia”

Witness and experience a carnivalesque collection of painterly artworks made by 24 artists of Filipino and European origin as the Metropolitan Museum of Manila brings you “BRAVE NEW WORLDS: Utopia in Dystopia” in partnership with the Embassy of France in Manila.


Painter Manuel Ocampo, known for capturing pop sub-cultures on his canvasses will curate the show. For this exhibit, he has these words to say.

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Do you want to #homeschool in the Philippines? (List of Homeschools in the Philippines

This Special Education Philippines post is needed as the number of parents asking for homeschooling information in the social media pages and website of Special Education Philippines have been steadily increasing.

I will update this list as own information of homeschooling groups grows. I know there’s more satellite homeschooling programs out there especially after attending the homeschooling conference last 2012 but I need to dig my hard drive and stacks of papers. Basically, those will need updating as well.

Right now, let’s focus on one question: Why home school? For us (my family), deciding to homeschool was not an easy one because of several factors:

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Summer Clay Workshop @metmuseummanila

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila features its Summer Clay workshop, a hands-on clay workshop where both adults and children can discover and learn the basics of sculpting through clay molding. This summer workshop is in line with “Abueva: The Power of Form” exhibition featured since December 2013 at MetMuseum Manila. 


#SpecialEducationPhilippines SummerClayWorkshop
What are the benefits of enrolling your child on a clay workshop?

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