CO-FACILITATORS TO CO-ANIMATORS: Online Training Dwells on Parent Involvement in Flexible Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic forced parents to be more engaged in the learning of their children like never before. With school campuses currently closed, they have to work with educators in the implementation of distance learning. Educators then have to effectively guide parents to ensure that learning happens. To help educators with this crucial task is one of the main objectives of Diwa iFLEx for Home-Based Education (Diwa iFLEx) Season 2 held last March 26, Friday. Its fourth out of five learning sessions was attended by more than a thousand educators from the Visayas.

During its initial run last July and August of 2020, Diwa iFLEx placed education in the context of the next classroom which is the home. It also emphasized how teachers and parents should work together to assure the unhampered delivery of quality education to learners. For this year, the training program aims to highlight the need for parents to transition from being co-facilitators to co-animators in preparation for the necessary adjustments that are to be made in the next normal.

Mr. Edizon A. Fermin, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs of National Teachers College, served as the session’s thought leader. Beyond being just a renowned national speaker and trainer, he currently co-chairs the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Technical Panel in Teacher Education. He is also an active member of CHED’s Technical Working Group in Flexible Learning.