Promoting Agency in Teacher Education and Development, Feb. 4, 2021 | MIT J-WEL

Promoting Agency in Teacher Education and Development, Feb. 4, 2021

This session is part of our new Teacher Education and Professional Development Webinar Series, where J-WEL members and the MIT community will come together to share their approaches to professional development for teachers.

Check the series page for more information on this and other sessions.

Promoting Agency in Teacher Education and Development

Thursday, February 4, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET

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Webinar Description: 
Against the historical and regulatory backdrop of teacher education and development in the Philippines, this session will illustrate how the National Teachers College is responding uniquely to the need of establishing a culture of agency among pre-service and in-service teachers. Our training approach is informed by outcomes-driven learning experience design, as well as employability-oriented delivery and assessment. This approach emphasizes making the experience fun and frustration-free, even for under-resourced teachers. During this session, we will also discuss how to use this framework to sustain engagement for sustainability and scalability, taking into account remote learning conditions during the pandemic and hopefully, even beyond.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Event Speakers


Dr. Edizon Fermin

Vice President for Academic Affairs
National Teachers College

Edizon Fermin is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of National Teachers College. Concurrently, he is the co-chair of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Technical Panel in Teacher Education and an expert resource of the Technical Working Group on Flexible Learning. He continues to work with the British Council and the CHED International Affairs staff in developing policy and practice pathways in transnational education and adult education, especially in terms of quality assurance. A 2019 Asia-Europe Foundation training scholar at the University of Edinburgh, he is an advocate of equitable access to higher education. He has been training teachers, supervisors, and administrators in basic education, higher education, and technical-vocational education for over two decades.



Noel Jeffrey Torregoza

Director of Learning and Development
Center for Education Innovation
National Teachers College

Noel holds a degree in Organizational Communication, and a certificate in Project Initiation and Planning. He has spent the last 13 years leading Learning & Development teams for various BPO organizations, as well as  launching and leading educational reform projects within the Ayala Education and iPO schools in the Philippines.

In 2012, Noel co-developed Ayala Education’s employment program, which has consistently produced a 90% hire rate from its graduating class, in jobs that average 25% more pay compared to control group wages.

In 2016, Noel led the teacher training & development efforts for APEC, a system of 25 private schools across Metro Manila and nearby provincial locations. By establishing systems for skills assessment, training, and performance monitoring, he helped APEC hire, onboard, and upskill 140 teachers, across 20 sites in the summer prior to their initial Senior High School launch. This was done while ensuring the faculty’s ability and willingness to pivot to a Constructivist teaching environment; resulting in learners who were markedly improved in their communication and logio-mathematical abilities.

Upon the merger of Ayala Education and iPeople in 2019, Noel began to lead the Center for Education Innovation at the National Teachers College.  With the expectation of iPO system-wide support, Noel now focuses on supporting the development & delivery of industry-driven Outcomes-based Curriculum, as well as  designing a Teacher Training & Development system to catalyze the group’s education transformation efforts.




Date & Time: 
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00

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