San Fernando City  – The Region I Teacher Education Council (R1TEAC) endorsed a resolution enjoining public and private Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) in the region to promote Teaching Beginning Reading (TBR)  in their program through course integration or as elective course.

Said R1TEAC resolution endorsed to the Education and Manpower subcommittee and the Regional Social Development Committee, was eventually adopted by the full council of the Regional Development Council (RDC) – I, through a virtual meeting on August 25, 2021.

With the promotion of TBR, the theoretical foundations of reading will be introduced and explore how reading, literacy, and cognitive processes will be developed.

It will likewise focus on the development of teacher’s knowledge and skills in teaching beginning reading in the first key stage area from kindergarten to Grade 3. 

To date according to Commission on Higher Education Regional Office 1, three TEIs have already integrated the said program in their teaching education course.

These are Colegio De San Jose de Alaminos and University of Eastern Pangasinan in Binalonan, both in Pangasinan, and Saint Louis College in San Fernando City.

The R1TEAC serves as a channel in leveraging academic linkage of DepEd Regional Office 1, CHED RO1, and TEIs in the region.

It strengthens collaboration to promote and provide graduates of teacher education and pre-service teachers with quality teacher education.

The TBR was developed based on the results of the SY 2018-2019 Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil-IRI) which revealed a total of 9,888 identified learners, from Grade 3 to Grade 6, unable to read in Filipino.

Also, there were 10,776 identified learners unable to read in English for Grade 4 to Grade 6 levels.

By: Myla V. Lalicon, Field Technical Assistance Division