US schools tie up with UC's SPED program

August 10, 2008

The University of the Cordilleras this school year, formed a linkage with two school districts in the United States to assist Special Education instruction in the Philippines.

UC President Edilberto de Jesus and Dr. Douglas Householder, director of the Integ­rated Instructional Services of Alamogordo Public School in New Mexico agreed to formalize a linkage that "will share academic resources, facilities, and faculty members" to strengthen the curriculum and upgrade the standards of the Special Education program of UC. As a consequence of the tie-up, US expertise and experience shall be applied ti UC SPED modules in curriculum development, teaching strategies and classroom management.

The tie up was the result of the visit of Dr. Householder to UC in June 2008. On June 24 and 25, Dr. Householder and a team from several US school districts conducted a seminar-workshop on "Trends and Standards in Teaching Special Education" at the University of the Cordilleras. The team includes Ms. Geraldine Peten, principal of Piñon Unified School District in Arizona, Ms. Lisa Owsley, Vice President of Integrated Instructional Services in New Mexico, and Mr. Jian Liu, consultant, Educational and Professional Resources based in Ohio.

More than a hundred special education teachers from va­rious public and private schools in the country, including gra­duate students enrolled in the UC Master of Arts program in SPED, attended the seminar.

Dr. Cleofas Basaen said, "The quality upgrade of Special Education coming at this time, is quite fortuitous, considering SPED has become the subject of increasing focus of Philippines educators." The resources from the tie up, according to her, will be available to UC students beginning June 2008. Also, part of the linkage is the "exchange professor program" which will allow qualified faculty members to conduct research and classroom observation and interaction in public schools in the Arizona and New Mexico school districts in the US.

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