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Educational Planning & Fiscal Management

Educational Planning in the 21st Century, last blast.

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The Paper Tower Challenge.


2nd Semester 2014-2015
Basic Education in the Philippines has been experiencing REFORMS over some period of time — from “Governance for Development” in 1991  until this very recent “Enhanced Basic Education Act” of 2013.
Having finished a course in Educational Planning & Fiscal Management & utilizing some “significant terms” and concepts learned throughout the Semester,
1.   What can you say about the track of  amendments presented in this source: below as to its:
     1.1  Planning
     1.2  Implementation; and
     1.3  Evaluation?
BEFORE 2012 2012-2013
Trifocalization of Education in the Philippines (by the Education Committee in 1991) Republic Act 10157: Kindergarten Education Act
Republic Act 9155: Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001 (renaming the Department of Education, Culture and Sports as the Department of Education) Executive Order No. 83, s. 2012: Institutionalization of the Philippine Qualifications Framework
Republic Act 10410: Early Years Act (EYA) of 2013
Republic Act 10533: Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013

2. A “21st Century Educator” should ________________ …. [please expound your answer]

Congratulations for “finishing strong”!
“We cannot teach anybody anything … we can only make them think! — then they learn what their heart will never forget!”
I hope I’ve Inspired Influence. — Ma’am Gail 🙂
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How should we Strategize?

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Where should “planning” start?
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What makes education less exciting is that more often than not, we just keep on talking about FACTS & DETAILS!

When we talk about “planning” in education, as to some current experiences, we just mean another supposedly “pilot-testing” of a recent program  which suddenly turns out to be in “abrupt implementation”!

Yes, we’re on our way to Modernization of Times as well as to Global Alignments — but the usual Cycle of Plan-Do-Study-Act which remains to be considered Strategic by Educational Proponents should already be revisited, thus, should be revised & modified!

BUT the sad TRUTH: despite the Planning Process throughout  Implementation & Evaluation of a certain Program, ONE CERTAIN PROBLEM still EMERGE!

Stakeholders and Cohorts do not really succeed as they should because of several factors and excuses, aside from another sad truth that not really all, do understand what STRATEGIC QUALITY MANAGEMENT means.

Now, if i’ve got to ask you why we don’t succeed afterall those planning episodes? … then WHY?

Where and how should “planning” begin?

Where and how should “implementation” be triggered?s

What should actually be “evaluated” — for us to mean STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT not only in the field of Education but at a larger range of our ACCOUNTABILITY not only as a teacher — but as God’s Steward?

What will make education exciting is that we should TALK ABOUT US and OURSELVES!
You can make that difference wen you're already THERE! 
but DO NOW while you're still HERE!

Our Account-ability!

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How you connect each dot, manifests YOU!

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If Life  is what we make it, DOTs are how we connect it! — what makes life the way it should be! 🙂

“What we do with what we see today” will make a lot of difference in the future which is yet near or far.  What might happen in the future would always depend upon how we “turn things today” no matter “how limited” opportunities or chances are.

The 21st Century has been pushing us to “LEVEL UP IN LIFE!” Exciting though, yet, some of us do not really have the “know how” — or better yet,  we seem to be unmindful of making ourselves ON-GUARD against the RISK OF UNCERTAINTY.  We may at  times claim to be “future-oriented”; yet we never really achieve as much — BUT WHY? … because “alternatives” just come and become waisted for the very simple reason that “we did not PLAN!”

“Failing to PLAN is PLANNING TO FAIL!”

Current trends suggest that we should NOW be STRATEGIC in our actions!  Educators as we are, we should already “mind-set” that the 21st Century Education is IN NEED of TEACHERS with INNOVATIVE IDEAS who could facilitate “wise decision-making and who has comprehensive understanding of his  “ACCOUNT-ABILITY” most significantly to himself !

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What do your “connect-the-dots” tell? how much did you use your opportunities?

Scanning through the DOTS, coming up with something out of it, and giving our own interpretation of what we did would help us evaluate “where we are now, what we see and how we act today”

— Thing is, [1] could we then tell how much effort did we exert to be able to come up with something out of those dots that we only have? & [2] what does it tell about you and about what you want?

Having known that “we should make ourselves ENTREPRENEURS” at this POINT IN TIME,  how then should each educator gear towards a PARADIGM SHIFT? What measures should we personally implement so that we could SELL OURSELVES BEST? — and oh, “selling oneself”? — what does it indicate? what should we have and how should we go about it?

"Our failure to INVEST today is 
NOT making life the way it should be! --profgail

Plan Your Timeline

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Just when will we open that “closed door” for relationships to get better?

Why do we have to start each year with a “JANUARY”

One cool answer I’ve got was that “because we ended with December” 😀 –still in a state of “inactivity” 🙂

This could actually be a tough time to start A NEW YEAR because this requires us to do a “sudden leap” from being hibernated in vacation mode to being mobile & active.

Good thing there is “Janus”, the god of doors & gates, openings & closings from Roman mythology. He is a “two-faced god” who has the ability to turn one face to the past “in reflection” and another face intently directed towards the present “in consideration of the future”.

January, having been named after Janus, gives us the “leeway”to softly shift from “being idle” to being rekindled!”– It gives us the opportunity to examine the doors both of our past whose opportunities could accumulate to the present & could even contemplate our future.

SO, How were your doors in 2014? Was it OPEN or CLOSED? & it it was open, was it slightly or widely OPEN?

As to Janus, many doors are surely to open as the NEW YEAR posts many opportunities for us.

What doors do you envision to open in 2015?

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How do you see your DOORS?

Grab this chance to PLAN for your TIMELINE for the entire 2015 so as to install those doors where you are and will be most ready to position those doors.

Whether this year will be a promising one is all up to us!

Remember that no one will open that door for you expect for your WILL, willingness and determination to find the DIRECTION which God has destined for you.

Plan your timeline ahead so that you won’t have to plan to fail.

Live up to Steven Covey’s 1st Habit of being Highly Effective Leader: BEGIN WITH AN END IN MIND

Planning & Development: What would make the Difference!

So much has been told about the Philippine Planning Experiences during the 1st Development Decade in the 3rd World — this is 99.9% sure I SUPPOSE,  in almost all of the Graduate Classes for Masters & Doctorate Degrees from which most of the Stakeholders/Public Administrators in our Educational System commenced.

YET, why is it that UNITIL such a time as NOW, DEVELOPMENT is STILL LIMITED?

EDUCATIONAL PLANNING, as generally assumed is preparing the Education System to address what lies ahead — so as to achieve both short-&-long-term goals set by educational planners. The Introduction of Public Administration brought about various opportunities, expansion, mobilization of resources and a lot more attempts for TRANSFORMATION.

In the paper entitled “The Challenges to the Futures of Public Administration Education” presented by Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, NCPAG, UP Diliman and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UP Open University at the 2012 International Conference on “Public Administration and Governance: Tradition and Transformation” held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in June 2012, traces of transformation were revisited:

“Public Administration (PA) or the field of study and practice (Waldo 1955) intended to professionalize public practice, address development problems, reform societies, foster democracy and serve public interest and welfare, has undergone a number of transformations, shifts, movements and streams. In terms of sets of convergent concepts and approaches in the teaching, research and practice of Public Administration, which are dominant at particular periods, Carino (2008) mentioned four streams navigated by the discipline. These are: Traditional Public Administration (TPA), Development Administration (DevAd), New Public Administration (New PA), and Public Administration and Governance (PAG).

Brillantes, Jr. and Fernandez (2008) meanwhile divided the phases in the evolution of the field into only two: traditional or classical PA (from 1800s to 1950s) and modern PA (from 1950s to present). The latter includes DevAd, New PA, New Public Management (NPM), Reinventing Government, and PA as Governance.”  []

Above-mentioned successive shifts in concepts may have been regarded significant for we are currently experiencing “interrelated developments” [Mendoza, 2012] which include:

1)  The growth of transnational education (TNE) and the corollary advocacies for cross-border universal education, knowledge co-creation and sharing (e.g., education for all by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO, and open educational resources or OER); and

2)  The K-12 and moves toward international standardization.

However, considering for one, the commitment of Education For All [EFA] to dramatically expand educational opportunities for children, youth and adults by 2015 which, according to UNESCO 2013 Education For All Global Monitoring Report [] they will not realise , PLUS the current sudden implementation of the “K-12 Curriculum” which is yet unapproved & suspension of which is being sought by the Senate [], Educational System & Administration may really be considered “at high risk” of excessive quantitative reinventions & orientations; over-centralisation of those who are in position within their term of service and to global and international collaborations, weakness in implementation and lack of evaluation aside from the fact that some stakeholders have just “embraced everything” without really looking into more important matters at hand — or if they do, they might at all be too hesitant to breakthrough “some steady walls”.

“Transnational education, open educational resources and K-12 are movements and norms that navigated across the globe and reached national borders. Depending on how we embrace them and value them as good or bad, would dictate the shape, structure and approaches of our ways of life, and in this case, our Public Administration.

— Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza,                                                                                                                  Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UP Open University

True, “It should not always be a shot from the outside!” [Mendoza, 2012]

We may have explored vast opportunities of collaborating with all sorts of transformation in our Educational System where we actually may have experienced different SEASONS of LIFE while along the way we’ve just allowed ourselves to get swayed by all sorts of weather and its various elements, some of which, we may have missed & did not recognise; and some, we’ve even misinterpreted — but HAVE WE REALLY IDENTIFIED OUR SIGNIFICANCE — the part we played?

It all boils down to ONE SIGNIFICANT SECRET!

The Weakness in our Educational System is not really in Implementation per se |pəː ˈseɪ!


how much PLANNING have you done in your life?

Have you really PLANNED ENOUGH for yourSELF?

We could never do enough for others if we cannot even IMPLEMENT “PERSONAL” PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION!

SO, what are the things that you want to: KEEP, DROP & CHANGE [Trongco, 2013] in 2015?

Believe that this time YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

Be that development that the 3rd World needs to “come up with something out of nothing or whatever is left”!

Trivia: Four Worlds

After World War II the world split into two large geopolitical blocs and spheres of influence with contrary views on government and the politically correct society:
1 – The bloc of democratic-industrial countries within the American influence sphere, the “First World”.
2 – The Eastern bloc of the communist-socialist states, the “Second World”.
3 – The remaining three-quarters of the world’s population, states not aligned with either bloc were regarded as the “Third World.”
4 – The term “Fourth World”, coined in the early 1970s by Shuswap Chief George Manuel, refers to widely unknown nations (cultural entities) of indigenous peoples, “First Nations” living within or across national state boundaries.

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Strategic Planning in Education by Dr. Eusebio F. Miclat Jr.

Fundamentals of Management by Stephen P. Robbins

Management in the Philippine Setting by Ernesto A. Franco

The PAPER TOWER Challenge

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The Paper Tower Challenge.

Think on you feet!

How good are you at troubleshooting what you can do with a single sheet of paper?

In just five minutes, it’s absolutely necessary that you should be able to construct your own PAPER TOWER.

The challenge: without any other material, so long as you could find a flat surface to build on, you are expected to come up with the tallest free-standing structure.

Were you able to cope with the challenge?

What can you say about your TOWER?

How do you feel about what you have constructed?

What do you think was necessary to cope with the challenge? What was your measure of success?

What do this necessarily tell about Educational Planning?

Feel free to develop your own style of writing in your attempt to do your first post with Prof. Gail.

Good luck & Welcome to 2nd Semester 2014-2015!

How do you feel about what you have constructed?

What do you think was necessary to cope with the challenge?

What do this necessarily tell about Educational Planning?