The UST College of Education will hold the inaugural Passion for Scholarship And Love for Mission (PSALM) Conference on Friday, April 23, as part of celebrations for its 95th founding anniversary.

PSALM aims to “significantly contribute to the development of competencies on supervision, coaching and mentoring among pre-service teachers and in-service teachers.”

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Cheryl Perlta will open the conference with an address, titled “Teacher Training and Formation in the Catholic University of the Philippines: Challenges and Victories.”

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Director Ethel Valenzuela will deliver the keynote address, “Utilizing a Culturally Responsive Framework in Accompanying Higher Educational Institutions in the Work of Teacher Training and Formation.”

Other speakers include Krystian Cholaszczynski of the College of Social and Media Culture in Poland, Okinawa International School Vice Principal Marilyn Tinio, Yvone Yeh from the National Taiwan Normal University and Nomura Kakao from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

Cholaszczynski will talk about the cornerstones for teacher training formation in Catholic universities; Tinio will share her experiences as a Filipino teacher in an international school; Yeh will talk about competencies of teacher candidates in Taiwan and Nakao will talk about enhancing functional competence and personal identity of teachers through internationalization engagements.

The conference will also featurethe 14th Fr. Antonio Gonzales, O.P. Memorial Lecture, 6th Dr. Lourdes Custodio Memorial Lecture and 2nd Nenita Caralipio Honorary Lecture.

PSALM will be streamed free of charge via the College of Education YouTube channel from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It will be moderated by Asst. Prof. Alvin Ringgo Reyes and Assoc. Prof. Joel Adamos.

“[T]his conference seeks to start a powerful conversation that will influence those who are charged with the training and formation of future teachers,” the conference overview read.

The first edition of the conference has the theme “Harmonizing Functional Competence and Personal Identity in Teacher Education.”



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