Friday, July 31, 2015

Learning at the intersection of K-12, ASEAN, 21st Century Literacy

Learning at the intersection of K-12, ASEAN, 21st Century Literacy

As I have been in the habit of doing,  part of my personal and professional development takes me    to trawling  the Internet with words containing  pertinent key phrases, say for any given article.
Now hoping to get to a relevant reference material with the least common denominator, my trusty search engine returned, among other things, a  slide presentation containing the keywords.
In it one could read a  March 2015 reference to a summit on 21st Century Learning which took place in Washington D.C.  It also contains a discussion led by Heather Loewecke, of Asia Society tackling  “Developing 21st Century Skills through Competency‐Based Expanded Learning Opportunities”.

After reading it, I recognized a substantial collection of  jargon that contains references to K-12, 21st century literacies. There was no mention of ASEAN. I took the Asia Society as close reference to it.

So how does one cut through the jargon? Using a textual analysis tool, I assembled the presentation content  and created a word cloud. The keywords are aggregated  below:

Read the main  document contents of  the slide deck here:

Given that word cloud, the following are the author’s recommendations for the framework about Expanded Learning Opportunities:

  • The model requires a strong commitment and buy-in from school leadership, teachers and after-school staff so that structures are put in place to support implementation and sustainability.  

  • Projects must be student driven and teachers must have on-going support to ensure their commitment and active participation.  

  • Educators must be able to successfully integrate course, after-school, and global competencies and rubrics in order to assess students with a high level of fidelity and quality and to ensure implementation consistency across teachers and/or schools within districts.  

  • Schools and after-school programs should create multiple pathways and hybrid models that offer flexibility and varying levels of credit for students’ differing needs.  

  • This model should promote school-wide conversations about student voice and how to support student-centered learning across the school and the learning day.

These recommendations, albeit within an American setting, raises a familiar almost universal clarion call to formal and informal learning  in a globally networked  environment.

So in the context of the emerging ASEAN integration in the education sector, some things on my wishlist emerge:

  1. More training to teachers who should be inspired to become specialists themselves, not only from a subject matter expert’s perspective, but from a change-maker teachpreneur/mentor lens, which draws from their particular interests, passions, and drive.
  2. Translocal outlook,   a habit of mind that  leverages the power of networked computers, such as the Internet. This refers to  a mentoring/coaching mindset, which aims to provide  good models of behavior for young learners and the larger community. It is hoped that this will help fill the leadership deficits, especially within the local setting of the learners.
  3. Expanded bachelor of education offering in  more degree-granting institutions. As more people get into broader awareness of the possibility of gaining professional qualifications with the use of digital tools via open and distance education, this is a career that should be promoted more vigorously far and wide among Filipinos.
  4. Partnership mechanism to make student learning outcomes more coherent and sustainable.

Given those ideas, the word sustainable means subjects, now called specializations, should incorporate what one of my mentors, Fr. Benigno Beltran,  calls a convergent learning, which folds critical, system, and design thinking into a what I would like to call deeply meaningful education -- from a perspective of a lifelong learner.

Thus  there should be co-creative intent to make learning especially for those entering the Senior High School of K-12, move  the learning boundaries into the day-to-day realm, particularly within a socio-economic plane.

I am  imagining a sweet blend of local government, community, civil society, and informal collectives taking part in collaborative projects of helping create jobs that are useful in the particular geographic context of  learners.

This wish list need not wait for 2016. It’s not easy, but doable. And the first step doesn’t have to be taken by government.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Good news for smarter and more competitive BPO workers (Repost)

Good news for smarter and more competitive BPO workers

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11_joelSomething good is happening to globally-competitive Filipino workers. Based on key official accounts and projections, the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines has grown significantly over the past four years (as shown in this graph showing Compound Annual Growth Rate). To achieve this, multinational companies have capitalized on a young, large workforce and Filipinos have benefited by the growth in labor opportunities. But, the real benefit of the emergence of the BPO industry in the Philippines is that it revealed the tremendous untapped potential of an extremely talented, capable, highly skilled Filipino workforce.
Recently, I had a conference call with Rahul Parikh, consultant to Global Staffer, to learn more about what it has to offer.
Rahul Parikh (RP): Four years ago, Global Staffer, a global executive search firm, recognized this opportunity and started its operations in the Philippines. They are now launching a comedic mini video series that talks about how opportunities exist for many Filipino workers to work at a company where their job is fun and challenging. You can view the series at
RP: When Global Staffer came to Manila, the company not only brought higher value/higher skilled tasks to the Philippines, but Global Staffer has also created higher value work. Rather than limit the young Filipino workforce to basic call center tasks, Global Staffer is enabling them to solve challenging problems and have a direct, significant impact on a global scale.
RP: Lenny Anicete transitioned from a BPO position as collections representative at Convergys to Global Staffer three years ago. She recalls, “As a collections representative, I was restricted to learning strictly collections issues. The job was repetitive and mundane. It crossed my mind that maybe I could be doing something else. I am a lot smarter and a lot more capable than what they are asking of me.”
In just three years, she has risen through the ranks to the most senior position in the Global Staffer Manila office and has developed managerial, analytical, and problem-solving skills that she would not have been able to do in such short of a time while at a BPO. Global Staffer is enabling and encouraging faster career advancement opportunities for talented Filipinos—within the firm and outside the firm. Ultimately, this trend will open up new possibilities within the Philippine economy as more higher value work opportunities come up.
The growth of the BPO industry was great in creating jobs, but what it really did was open the world’s, and more importantly, the Filipino’s eyes to how capable young Filipinos are. Global Staffer knows it; Lenny Anicete is experiencing it; and many more Filipinos will be part of the growing trend.
So that’s what it is like for globally qualified Filipinos in the BPO sector.
To learn more about this untapped potential, be sure to check out the mini video series at Here’s an episode of “A Day in the Life” videos:
Joel C. Yuvienco is an educator, international speaker, and eLearning architecture consultant based in Manila. A “tweener” straddling the  Baby Boomer and X Generations, he is a strong believer in Information and Communications Technology as a potent tool to bridge cultural/generational divides. For close to 15 years, Joel has worked in the government and the corporate sector, until he decided to focus on social entrepreneurship doing what he loved doing: Innovative Training and Education Research. He can be reached at

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Call for Paper Presenters: 16th UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) -

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 International Essay Contest for Young People (Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO) Deadline: 6/30/12

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Turns out anyone can be a news aggregator and self-publish,

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

AUDRN International Camp, Semarang, Indonesia,