Over 150 Lasallian Partners (LPs) convened to address the relevant issues faced by educators, students, and De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) as an institution through the Education Summit 2018, Feb. 27 – 28, 2018.
The two-day summit featured keynote talks by subject matter experts in various areas of education. Br. Armin Luistro FSC, President of De La Salle Philippines, stressed on the changing landscape of education. Sr. Cora Manalo DC, AFSC, DLSL Board of Trustees member, on the other hand, talked about 21st century learning perspectives and challenges. Dr. Bjorn Santos, President of De La Salle Araneta University, meanwhile, tackled the role of schools in building cities of the future through examples from the Salikneta Farm. Lastly, Mr. Jay Jaboneta, Founder of the Yellow Boat Foundation, shared on the said foundation’s best practices most especially when it comes to utilizing technology to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
Br. Dante Jose Amisola FSC, DLSL President and Chancellor, likewise shared about education and technology’s role in strengthening society. He also reiterated on how the institution can address the digital divide, how it can further create an impact on students’ and LPs’ lives, and how DLSL can get involved in the development of the city.
For the plenary, moreover, facilitators included the following: Dr. Glenford Prospero, Director of the Institutional Digital and Innovative Instruction; Dr. Edgar Allan Castro, Dean of the College of Business, Economics, Accountancy and Management; and, Mr. Marrione Camacho, Managing Director of the Nexus Innovation Labs. The facilitators highlighted on DLSL’s current and future social innovation ventures. These include the Community Action-Based Project Addressing Strategically-Themed Learning Objectives through Networked Environments (CAPSTONE) initiatives, utilization of Canvas as a learning and communication platform for LPs, together with the Synergized, Mobile, Integrated Learning Experience: Self-Directed (SMILES) Program.
After the talks, the participants proceeded with breakout sessions to determine the current state of the institution in line with its mission and vision, to identify the kind of school they want it to be (in line with the city, province, and country’s vision), and to prepare a roadmap of the institution’s aspiration and directions.