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ACED 2010
On Ateneo's Work with Public Schools

The different school units of the Ateneo de Manila University have been helping public schools for many years now. 

The Ateneo Grade School has been conducting teacher training among the Mangyans in Mindoro and in Bukidnon, the Ateneo High School has been working with selected public elementary schools in Marikina through the Tulong Dunong Program and the Loyola Schools has been involved in public schools through various student organizations, the National Service Training Program (NSTP) and initiatives like the Pathways to Higher Education.  Teachers in the various school units have also been conducting teacher training workshops for public school teachers.

Today, we see the deepening of Ateneo's involvement in public basic education through the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED).  The present involvement of ACED in the development of public schools is guided by lessons learned from earlier experiences with four public elementary schools in the Payatas area namely Lupang Pangako ES, Payatas B Annex ES, Payatas C ES and Bagong Silangan ES. 

The school improvement strategy being implemented is based on the findings of a study conducted by the Ateneo de Manila for DepEd in 1995.  The study reveals two factors that distinguish between performing and non-performing schools given similar socio-economic conditions: the leadership of the school principal and the involvement of the community.

The general strategy consists of three main phases, namely, school profiling, strategic planning and targeted interventions. 

Profiling involves the generation of baseline data about a school where a picture of the actual situation (versus perceived situation) is obtained. 

Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning allows the school community (principal, teachers, parents, students, barangay) to come together and own the goal of improving the school as well as to identify key doable goals.

Targeted Interventions
These are programs and activities designed to address the needs of a school that have surfaced in the profiling or strategic planning exercises.  Such programs are the Principal Empowerment Program, Teacher Training Program and Curriculum, Textbook and Instructional Materials Development.  Activities such as teacher renewal, team building seminars, health (medical, optical and dental) missions and other similar activities.

    The challenge is great.  The task is quite daunting and scary but we should be encouraged by the thought that there is a lot to gain if we rise to the challenge now and also a lot to lose if we do not. 

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