Support High School Teachers with STEM Curriculum Revision


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Activity/project background

Following the implementation of the Philippine Science High School’s (PSHS) revised curriculum (from its original 4-year offering) in June 2012, and after graduating PSHS’ first four cohorts under the 6-year curriculum, revisiting and revising the 6-year academic program has become imperative. Problems posed by the remote and blended learning delivery during the time of the pandemic have made curriculum monitoring, evaluation, and revision even more challenging.

To proceed with the proposed revision, the PSHS undertook a Curriculum Review and Development Project (CRDP) bearing in mind different aspects of the curriculum development process. This project commenced June 2019 and is anticipated to be completed within the next three years, subject to extension of the project as deemed necessary by the Office of Executive Director (OED). This developmental process includes 1) identifying Program Standards, i.e. qualities benchmarked against national and international standards and requirements in basic education; 2) articulating program outcomes, and general capabilities, i.e. what learners will become at the end of the program; 3) outlining the overarching framework for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), humanities, and support programs; 4) determining subject area requirements, i.e. the standards, descriptions, and course and student learning outcomes in each subject area within the school’s academic program; and 5) defining the modes of delivery (which may include remote or blended learning as initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic) that best impact the teaching-learning process. Once the curriculum framework and its components are completed, the finalization of the overarching curriculum framework and its components (i.e. curriculum standards) will follow and evaluated vis-a-vis the different subject area curriculum (referred to as the Curriculum under Remote or Blended Learning or CRBL) documents currently in use. This process of program design and review should be supported through formulation of policies and guidelines, implementation of professional development programs, provision of adequate and relevant resources, and development of monitoring, review, and evaluation activities that will enhance the iterative process of curriculum development.

Although intended for initial use in its sixteen campuses, the PSHS also envisions sharing the curriculum and instructional materials developed with other schools under the Department of Education (DepEd). The Virtual Service Pilot Participant’s (VSPP) engagement in this project, which will be PSHS’ first ever engagement with the Peace Corps, is deemed important and beneficial not only to the PSHS academic community, but also to the DepEd schools that plan to use or benchmark with the resources developed.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage at a general level in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Assist in the review of the PSHS Curriculum Framework and provide advice for its continuous revision and improvement, including modes of delivery, monitoring, and evaluation
• Recommend and conduct a select number of workshops or seminars on STEM curriculum development including topics such as STEM assessment, monitoring and evaluation, current trends in STEM curriculum and standards, among others.
• Assist in creating up to at least 3 engaging learning activities and compelling course content, as well as recommending modern educational methods to teach STEM , e.g. teaching of project-based learning, performance-based, or interdisciplinary projects/activities especially within the limitations of community quarantine restrictions and online learning.)

This engagement is expected to be approximately 23 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, Philippine time. Specific times will be determined during orientation. The HCA Counterpart shall initiate the weekly calls with the VSPP preferably at around 8:00am. (Philippine time, GMT + 8). Given the time zone difference between the US and the Philippines, virtual meeting schedules can be adjusted and mutually agreed upon with the VSPP.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to laptop/desktop, Zoom app, WhatsApp, email, etc. for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Masters’ in education, curriculum studies, or related degree

• At least 3 years’ experience in an academic institution;
• At least 3 years’ experience in curriculum-related activities (e.g. review, design, monitoring, evaluation)

Desired qualifications

• Bachelor of science in mathematics or science, or related degree
• EdD or PhD in education, curriculum studies, or related degree

Technical Skills:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Ability to effectively communicate curriculum design proposals/ frameworks

• Experience conducting capacity building/training activities related to curriculum development, implementation, or monitoring, preferably in STEM, monitoring and evaluation via virtual or online delivery during this time
• Experience working with, coordinating or leading a multidisciplinary team of experts
• Experience working in a secondary educational institution or programs or the educational system in the Philippines, preferable in STEM
• Experience in designing or implementing transdisciplinary or inter disciplinary courses

Partner background

Name: Philippine Science High School

Type of entity: Government

Mission and goals:

The Philippine Science High School, operating under one System of Governance and Management, provides scholarships to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics.

The PSHS System offers an education that is humanistic in spirit, global in perspective, and patriotic in orientation. It is based on a curriculum that emphasizes science and mathematics and the development of well-rounded individuals.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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