Monday, February 1, 2010

DepEd Understanding By Design Staged

The Department of Education’s (DepEd) National Conference entitled “Understanding by Design: Getting into the Core of the 2010 Secondary Education Curriculum” will be held this February 2010 at two venues, to accommodate participants from all over the Philippines.

Previously scheduled last November 5-7, 2009, the conference will still be held at the Manila Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Manila, on February 4-6, 2010, for Metro Manila and Luzon participants. For Visayas and Mindanao participants, it will be at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City, on February 8-10, 2009.

A registration fee of Php 8,500.00 (inclusive of lunch and two snacks per day, a conference kit, and 3 ASCD books) will be charged per participant.

The conference aims to orient school heads and teachers on Understanding by Design (UbD), a worldwide “teaching for understanding” model that links curriculum, instruction and assessment to improve learning outcomes. UbD was introduced in 1998 by Jay McTighe and Grant P. Wiggins, and it adopts the process of “backward design” in the development of a school curriculum.

Backward design aims at eliminating two common flaws in the traditional method: coverage-focused teaching and activity-focused teaching. In coverage-focused teaching, educators try to cover all topics as specified by a textbook for the whole school year, but end up with students who do not understand why they are being taught this much information. In activity-focused teaching, educators come up with all sorts of activities that students participate in and enjoy, but again, students do not completely understand why. This is what backward design aims to resolve: to make students understand and gain a deeper insight into why they are being taught information or made to participate in activities.

Internationally-renowned speakers Everett Kline and Jeanne H. Purcell from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in the United States are invited to conduct the conference.

Presented by DepEd in cooperation with Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), the conference shall be conducted in support of the implementation of the 2010 Secondary Education Curriculum in public and private secondary schools.

FAPE was established in 1968 to promote the development of private education in the Philippines. It pursues this mission by helping private schools in their quest for academic excellence, managerial competence and financial viability, through the extension of logistic and technical support. Over the last three decades of its existence, FAPE has already become an institution in the Philippine educational system.

For more information about the conference, you may call FAPE at (632) 818-7923, (632) 381-8071, e-mail or visit their website


  1. how can i get a copy of this FAPE memorandum.. is that how i can call it.. im interested ..thanks

  2. AnonymousJune 24, 2010

    Is there another UbD conference seminar to come?

  3. AnonymousJuly 13, 2010

    pls provide us lesson guides to make us more effective in teaching if it ispossible ..

  4. AnonymousJuly 22, 2010

    it is possible to implement ubD if there is an appropriate orientation done to the teachers

  5. AnonymousJuly 23, 2010

    please provide us textbook based on the UbD

  6. yes! textbook is the common problem of teachers, especially TLE teachers...........DepEd ComVal.

  7. Is UbD really effective?

  8. Where do we get hold of the 2010 Secondary Education Curriculum?

  9. UBD in English seems really promising,but very a public high school with a class of 70-90 students, with poor skills in verbal expressions, i don't think UBD is the solution....strengthening of said skills must start in the grade school.... just a personal opinon

  10. its really nice for students and teachers but a lot to consider

  11. in my personal point of view...
    1. i think we should know first what is lacking in our current system and find solution to it before we jump to another agenda.
    2. there are reforms that needs transformations but there are also reforms that needs retention.
    before we adopt a new curriculum we must evaluate first the existing curriculum, and
    3. when do we stop blindly immitating western culture?
    there is nothing in reformations but we must know what is applicable and what is not...