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REAP: Developing a new crop of Filipino educators.

A professional training company aims to take learning to greater heights by developing the skills of 21st century Filipino educators.

Called the Resource for Educators and Academic Professionals (REAP), it is now geared to spread its programs to the rest of the Philippines. It was first launched in 2016.

"The main drive of REAP is teacher development because as we all know, the success of the students of the nation depends on them. We want REAP to be the partners of educators in nation building," said Danda Crimelda Buhain, REAP co-founder.

"Before, educators, with the support of their sponsor schools, have to go abroad to the United States, Canada or Europe to undergo further training. With REAP, we are making training opportunities accessible for teachers to learn more about their craft. Now they won't need to go overseas," the REAP co-founder.

To help produce high caliber educators with contemporary teaching concepts, a modern REAP center in Quezon City was set up. It is complete with facilities so that educators from the teaching industry, local governments, and public and private school organizations can undergo customized training.

"Early on, most of our clients comes from the private schools. Now, we are looking to expand further to public schools because that's where majority of Filipino students are enrolled. We also hope to get the support of LGU units to make REAP more successful, by sponsoring public school educators avail of our programs," said Buhain.

A team composed of highly-qualified resource persons with vast experiences in various fields of education are employed by REAP to facilitate teaching courses. These include, among other, Creative Teaching Strategies, Classroom Management for the 21st Century Educator, Integrating Technology in Teaching, Basic Concepts of Differentiated Instruction, Design Thinking for Educators, Outcomes Based Education with Spady (Father of OBE) and Uy, a partner of REAP.

Through these specialized courses, REAP visualizes a creation of a nation founded firmly on quality.

"These set of trainings will certainly help our teachers, especially now, with the implementation of the K to 12 program. We need to plug the holes in the teaching methodologies. Our real objective is to help the teachers, so they can maximize their potentials in teaching our kids and better prepare them to build tomorrow's nation" explained Buhain.

REAP is in partnership with REX Publishing and Spady & Uy, the ground breaker of Outcome-Based Education.

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