“GRACE has been selected to receive the Award in the Gold Category, International Arch of Europe”

GRACE has been selected to receive the International Arch of Europe (IAE) Award in the Gold category at the International BID Quality Convention which will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday, July 1st. The decision to present this award is the result of research and analysis carried out through Quality Hunters, leaders, entrepreneurs and experts in quality, directed by Business Initiative Directions (BID), to recognize the contribution of GRACE in terms of Leadership, Quality, Innovation and Excellence.

The IAE Selection Committee used, as a basis, the criteria contained in the QC100 Total Quality Management Model which, in conjunction with BID’s Quality Mix technology, will strengthen your position of leadership and help you to improve the growth and visibility of your organization.

In the conventions carried out by BID during the past 10 months in the emblematic cities of Paris, London, Madrid, Geneva, Frankfurt and New York, companies and organizations from 121 countries were the protagonists. During that period, those participating leaders and experts in quality and excellence submitted their votes for those candidacies presented.

At the Frankfurt Convention, BID will also present a seminar led by a panel of qualifies professionals in the field of Quality Theory and Practice on topics of particular interest to the specific sectors of award winners.

The International IAE Convention will take place in Frankfurt on June 30th and July 1st, 2017, with the award presentation being held at the spectacular Theatre Convention Hall, facing the Main River, in the historical zone of Frankfurt and near the financial sector. Delegates of the award-winning businesses, organizations, universities and educational institutions will participate along with other colleagues.

The IAE Award, given to leaders, is sponsored by 26 Imarpress media publications ( www.imarpress.com ), all oriented towards organizations focused on Innovation, Quality and Excellence. Upon receiving the IAE Award in Frankfurt, GRACE will join a select group of previous BID award recipients, strengthening its own prestige as a result.

GRACE Partnership with School in Dubai

As GRACE excellently performs its duty nationwide, United International Private School, a school in Dubai entrusted the company to be their partner in giving their clients an outstanding service that will help them in assessment and evaluation of curriculum.

The successful partnership between UIPS and GRACE is fulfilled by the use of GRACE’s instruments such as Performance Assessment of Standards and Skills (PASS) and Readiness Assessment for Senior High (RASH).

GRACE and UNESCO Partnership

GRACE was chosen by UNESCO as its partner to do a country study about the culture of testing in the Philippines. This study aimed to better understand the influence of the ‘socio-cultural’ to the ‘culture of testing’ and its effects and significance to the progress of education. The research had four targets. First, the societal pressures of studying to the student, second, policies and practices in testing, third, importance of assessment in learning and last, recommendations to improve the education in the country. GRACE conducted surveys, interviews and focus-group discussions (FGD) to collect data. Participants were selected teachers, parents and students from different public and private schools nationwide.

This study was a successful story of partnership between the two organizations and definitely would not be last research that they would be working on together, since GRACE and UNESCO shared the same vision, which is to enhance the education and learning of the youth.

Approaches on Teaching and Learning: Response-To-Intervention (RTI) Framework

Following are the activities conducted in a seminar-workshopon “Response-to-Intervention (RTI): A multi-tier approach to learning” held in Manila, Philippines on 17 September 2016. The seminar-workshop is aimed to introduce the RTI framework to administrators and school principals in addressing learning gaps and student outcomes through effective strategies and data-driven solutions.

The seminar-workshop on “Response-to-Intervention (RTI): A Multi-tier Approach to Learning” was one of the activities under the professional development program of the Research and Development Unit of the Global Resources for Assessment Curriculum and Evaluation, Inc. (GRACE). With the help of resource speakers and experts in the field of educational assessment and teaching and learning in the country, Dr. Richard Gonzales and Maria Angeles Guanzon Lapea shared valuable insights about the utilization of RTI framework of schools in addressing learning gaps and problems in student outcomes. The event was attended by administrators, school heads, and principals from approximately 120 private schools across Metro Manila and Greater Luzon area. The main objective of the workshop was to gather school leaders and introduce the concept of RTI framework and utilize its benefits by implementing institutional initiatives and integrating the principles of RTI from school management down to classroom instruction. The seminar-workshop was designed for the participants to (1) familiarize themselves with the basic concepts of Response To Intervention (RTI) framework and (2) situate the role of assessment and data-gathering in the RTI framework. After the inputs on RTI, the participants shared about experiences in their respective schools on how they have initiated reforms to attend to the need in ensuring student learning in their respective contexts. With the institutionalization of educational reforms related to the K-12 curriculum of the Department of Education, Philippine schools are tasked to develop a comprehensive pedagogical approach in addressing problems in school management particularly in improving student learning.

Congruent with the principle of “no child left behind,” RTI works as a systemic approach to identifying students with learning difficulties and who are challenged academically to be able to undergo specific modified instruction that will address these challenges and be able to accommodate different types of learners. Through RTI, schools are better able to prevent serious learning difficulties by meeting the needs of the majority of their students. School leaders in their own capacities and through collaborative work, can implement school-wide adoption of RTI and employ various effective strategies and techniques within the RTI framework.