What we do
We implement programs and projects to achieve three desired outcomes. These are:
- Raising learning outcomes
- Reducing resource backlogs
- Expanding access to Basic Education and improving equity
The project is designed to make the curriculum relevant, effective and responsive to the needs of local and global society. Curricular reforms focus on the five learning areas which stress integration and alternative approaches to teaching and learning. Thus, learning competencies in all areas have been redefined for clarity and focus on societal needs, and articulated with the secondary level.
Likewise, instructional materials that will address the needs of the children and help improve their performance have been developed.
Computer Education for Public Elementary Schools
This utilizes educational technology to enhance learning and improve the overall quality of elementary education specifically in Grades IV to VI.
Search for Most Effective Public Schools in Math and Science
This is a quadrennial search for public elementary schools with the most effective quality of instruction in Math and Science based on pupil performance and effectiveness of school programs in Math and Science.
Materials Production in Braille and in-Large Print
Resource materials being produced are for the blind and those with low vision. These materials include textbooks, which are computerized in Braille and in-large print, are intended for both the elementary and secondary students.
Accreditation Program for Public Elementary Schools (APPES)
This is a DepEd initiative to develop school system effectiveness among public elementary schools through quality standards. The APPES is an evaluation system designed to challenge all public elementary schools to raise their standards and the efficiency of the system. It seeks to empower all public elementary schools to strive for excellence through recognition and enlightened self-evaluation based on the agreed upon standards of excellence and incentives.
Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP)
ECARP is an inititiative to directly address the literacy thrust of the Department of Education. The program aims to make every Filipino child a reader by Grade Three and have mastery of the literacy skills at his/her level.
The program involves materials development for both teachers and pupils as well as training of teachers on the utilization of said materials.
Teacher Self-learning Modules (TSLMs)
The TSLMs are designed to equip primary grades teachers with the necessary materials to improve their teaching of reading
The Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil. IRI)
The Phil-IRI is an authentic reading assessment tool that attempts to evaluate the reading proficiency level of public elementary pupils nationwide. It is an informal measure that determines the children’s use of comprehension, vocabulary and word identification strategies within the context of the story, passage or poem. It provides teachers with both quantitative and qualitative information about the children’s reading capabilities
Personnel Enhancement Program (PEP)
This is a program designed to update the knowledge and skills of field and BEE personnel through training, conferences, scholarships and provision of teacher resource materials. It is implemented though the following sub-projects:
National Conference of Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs of Elementary Education (NCCACEE)
In support of the DepEd’s thrust to improve public elementary education, the Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE) through the Staff Development Division (SDD) has institutionalized the conduct of a national conference of chiefs and assistant chiefs of elementary education. Participants to this conference are the chiefs and assistant chiefs of elementary education in the 17 regions with the director, assistant director, division chiefs and assistant chiefs of the BEE.
For 2004, the conference was held at Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao where the participants were able to: 1) identify problems/critical areas in the pilot implementation of BEC and the Rating System; and 2) determine the status of Phil. IRI and the corresponding interventions implemented. The participants were also oriented on the pilot implementation of APPES. Pre-planning meeting with the host region for the next conference was also held.
BEE-Personnel Enhancement Program
This serves as the human resource development strategy of the bureau geared at strengthening employee commitment and developing their competencies and career life. It consists of a continuous Multiskilling Program for all personnel by sending them to degree and non-degree training courses (local and abroad), conduct of Learning Action Cell (LAC) and implementation of Goodwill, Awards and Incentives Programs.
Training of School Administrators on Inclusive Education
This project aims to provide administrators’ knowledge on educational services on inclusive education for children with special needs in their respective regions/divisions/schools.
Multigrade Program in Philippine Education (MPPE)
The Multigrade Program in Philippine Education (MPPE) supports the DepEd thrust to improve access, equity and quality in the delivery of basic education through capability building of multigrade teachers, documentation of effective practices in MG schools, preparation/provision of school buildings and facilities through Adopt-A-School Program and sustainability of the implementation of the awards and incentives system.
MPPE is implemented through the following sub-projects:
Search for Multigrade Teacher Achiever
The Search for Multigrade Teacher Achiever, a sub-project of the Multigrade Program in Philippine Education (MPPE), is a quest for the most outstanding teacher assigned in a multigrade school. The award recognizes the exemplary performance, contribution, and dedication of multigrade teachers to the development of school children in disadvantaged, deprived and underserved schools in far-flung areas. The search also serves as an avenue to provide assistance to these schools and recognize the efforts of the community in supporting education. This, likewise, supports the efforts in the MPPE to retain quality teachers in the Multigrade schools. Awarding of thirteen (13) winners for the 2003 Search was held last March.
The Training Video on Multigrade Instruction
The Training Video on Multigrade Instruction is a documentary video on multigrade teaching practices. It shows effective teaching strategies and other important information about the multigrade school. It serves as an orientation and in-service training material on Multigrade instruction for multigrade teachers and school administrators. It could be used during training sessions in schools, divisions or regions or as a self-learning training video for new Multigrade teachers.
Two hundred thirty (230) copies of training video with viewing manual/facilitator’s guide were reproduced. Said training videos are being readied for distribution to the regions and divisions next month.
Little Red Schoolhouse Project (LRSHP)
The project is funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. in coordination with DepEd. This is a 5-year project which aims to provide fifty (50) adequately equipped three-room school buildings in priority Multigrade schools in the country since its inception in 1998. Training of MG teachers, school administrators and supervisors on MG instruction is part of the project as well as training on leadership skills for PTCA members.