ALS implementers from Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City gathered in online spaces for a three-part mentoring and coaching session under the Power for Youth Project.

After the UPSKILL Training done on September, Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s SUGPAT Program conducted mentoring sessions as a follow-on intervention to provide assistance to ALS implementers on tracking teachers’ performance, and developing differentiated instruction for ALS learners. The implementers also underwent a session on mental health and psychological first aid.

Tracking teachers’ performance

To establish a systematic and continuous gathering, processing, interpreting, analyzing and storing data for management decision towards continuous improvement of the delivery of education services, the first mentoring session on tracking teachers’ performance was held.

On November 6, Dr. Anita Tagadiad facilitated the coaching sessions to ALS Focal Persons, District ALS Coordinators, Education Program Specialists for ALS, and selected mobile teachers.

“As head of a school or cluster, one has to continuously improve its service to meet the challenging demand of learners, teachers, and stakeholders,” Dr. Tagadiad said.

Differentiated Instruction for ALS

On November 16 and 19, the second mentoring session focusing on Differentiated Instruction for ALS was held.

The session aims to share ideas on how differentiated instruction can be applied in ALS multi-grade classes, and modify or design differentiated activities to meet individual needs of learner’s interest, academic needs, learning preferences, or intellectual dominance.

Dr. Anita Tagadiad presented different strategies and teaching models, and how to manage students’ performance in a differentiated classroom.

Mental health and psychological first aid

To wrap up the mentoring sessions for ALS implementers, SUGPAT, in partnership with AdZU Guidance and Counseling team, conducted “#KAYA ng ALS: A Session on Mental Health and Psychological First Aid.”

This session aims to educate ALS teachers on mental health so that they can identify if a mental health concern is occurring from the learners, exhibit the value of compassion and willingness to help learners undergoing mental health concerns, and practice mindfulness activities so they will know where they are at present in terms of their thoughts, feelings and behavior.

AdZU College Guidance and Counseling Office Director Sheila Tiong facilitated the one-day session on mental health and PFA.

Among the mental health principles Tiong shared with the ALS implementers were the action principles in PFA: look, listen, and link. Look for the symptoms and how they manifest in the classroom in the new setup for learning; listen more deeply and non-judgmentally during classes especially during one-on-one conversations; and link students to appropriate support, connecting them to concerned units where the learners’ needs can be addressed.

The AdZU Guidance and Counseling team added a fourth principle, self-care. “More than anything else, take good care of yourself. We cannot give what we do not have. You [ALS implementers] are important because you are our front liners to our students,” Tiong said.

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