DepEd’s ‘KITE’ journal soars

Published September 24, 2021, 8:18 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

To provide an avenue for educational innovations and new insights sharing in curriculum and education policies, the Department of Education (DepEd) launched the K to 12 Issues and Trends Explored or “K.I.T.E” online journal.

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K.I.T.E. is the official online publication of the Curriculum and Instruction Strand of DepEd.

It is a quarterly publication that features peer-reviewed academic articles on issues and trends on K to 12 curriculum and DepEd policies essayed in technical reports, and research projects conducted in the regions, divisions, districts, and classrooms nationwide.

“These challenges and changes bring us insights, and learnings captured by the quadrants of the K.I.T.E. that represents Sulong Edukalidad: K to 12 curriculum review and update, improvement of learning environment, teachers’ upskilling and reskilling, and engagement of stakeholders for support and collaboration,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement issued Friday, Sept. 24.

For this year’s publication, the journal features academic papers and articles related to the curriculum and instruction in the last three years developed by bureaus and field offices.

It is anchored on the theme “Preparation and Milestones for DepEd’s Distance Learning Implementation.”

Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said that K.I.T.E. will help teachers learn from the experiences of their colleagues through the sharing of solutions, technical expertise, and lifting each other on the transition to building forward.

“May this be a challenge to fill the gaps, extend the evidence-based, and anchor the findings to the local context,” San Antonio said.

“It is our fervent hope that this will give you insights in finding ways to contribute, engage, and make your best practices more visible as we build powerful communities within the teaching profession and the Philippine education system in general,” he added.

During the virtual launch, the K.I.T.E. Online Journal contributors for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2021 were conferred with certificates of recognition.

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Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction Alma Ruby Torio explained that in this journal, “you will find the collective tears, sweat, and blood of many unsung heroes whose efforts led to the development of a safe space for our learners to study.”

She added: “As we continue to face the challenges brought about by the global health crisis, we hope that the lessons learned from the pandemic as well as the innovations that followed suit would continue to inspire us to keep pressing forward, developing more innovations, all in the name of providing quality education for every Filipino learner.”

The K.I.T.E. Online Journal welcomes the submission of classroom-based researches, case studies, and full-blown research which could be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.

Other submissions include theoretical articles or studies or papers presented to experts and education stakeholders for policy recommendations and technical reports.

“The first issue of the K.I.T.E. journal hopes to be a strong beginning, I encourage everyone to celebrate these innovations, learn from our colleagues, and find the implications of this for our profession,” San Antonio ended.