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WE ARE GRACE
Quality Assessments: Transforming probabilities to possibilities.
GRACE is the product of a partnership between Phoenix Publishing House, Inc. and Development Strategists International Consulting, Inc. (DSIC) both of which are experts in their respective fields.
Phoenix Publishing House, Inc. is one of the largest publishing companies in the Philippines. Its 60 long years of success is fueled and inspired by its passion to furnish Filipino children with Filipino crafted books and its mission in helping improve the quality of education as well as the quality of life of Filipino teachers. DSIC is a consulting and research firm based in the Philippines and has accomplished various projects, delivered focused solutions, and provided breakthrough performance in the past 20 years in the Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific. DSIC is run by experienced international consultants and academicians who are renowned in the field of education (early childhood, basic, primary, secondary, tertiary, and vocational education and training) assessment and evaluation, and organization development and human resource management and development.
WE HAVE A MISSION
GRACE commits to advancing the standards in research and assessment to influence the quality of performance outcomes in schools and in the workplace.
WE ARE ON A VISION
GRACE envisions itself to be the leading provider of state-of-the-art research and assessment services to educational and industrial organizations in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region.
At GRACE, our values serves as the foundation on how we act and make decisions. These shape our culture and shows the character of the our company.
GRACE was chosen by UNESCO as its partner to do a country study about the culture of testing in the Philippines. This study aimed to better understand the influence of the socio-cultural to the culture of testing and its effects and significance to the progress of education. The research had four targets. First, the societal pressures of studying to the student, second, policies and practices in testing, third, importance of assessment in learning and last, recommendations to improve the education in the country. GRACE conducted surveys, interviews and focus-group discussions (FGD) to collect data. Participants were selected teachers, parents and students from different public and private schools nationwide.
This study was a successful story of partnership between the two organizations and definitely would not be last research that they would be working on together, since GRACE and UNESCO shared the same vision, which is to enhance the education and learning of the youth.
Approaches on Teaching and Learning: Response-To-Intervention (RTI) Framework
Following are the activities conducted in a seminar-workshop on Response-to-Intervention (RTI): A multi-tier approach to learning held in Manila, Philippines on 17 September 2016.
The seminar-workshop is aimed to introduce the RTI framework to administrators and school principals in addressing learning gaps and student outcomes through effective strategies and data-driven solutions. The seminar-workshop on “Response-to-Intervention (RTI): A Multi-tier Approach to Learning” was one of the activities under the professional development program of the Research and Development Unit of the Global Resources for Assessment Curriculum and Evaluation, Inc. (GRACE). With the help of resource speakers and experts in the field of educational assessment and teaching and learning in the country, Dr. Richard Gonzales and Maria Angeles Guanzon Lapea shared valuable insights about the utilization of RTI framework of schools in addressing learning gaps and problems in student outcomes.
The event was attended by administrators, school heads, and principals from approximately 120 private schools across Metro Manila and Greater Luzon area. The main objective of the workshop was to gather school leaders and introduce the concept of RTI framework and utilize its benefits by implementing institutional initiatives and integrating the principles of RTI from school management down to classroom instruction. The seminar-workshop was designed for the participants to (1) familiarize themselves with the basic concepts of Response To Intervention (RTI) framework and (2) situate the role of assessment and data-gathering in the RTI framework. After the inputs on RTI, the participants shared about experiences in their respective schools on how they have initiated reforms to attend to the need in ensuring student learning in their respective contexts.
With the institutionalization of educational reforms related to the K-12 curriculum of the Department of Education, Philippine schools are tasked to develop a comprehensive pedagogical approach in addressing problems in school management particularly in improving student learning. Congruent with the principle of “no child left behind,” RTI works as a systemic approach to identifying students with learning difficulties and who are challenged academically to be able to undergo specific modified instruction that will address these challenges and be able to accommodate different types of learners. Through RTI, schools are better able to prevent serious learning difficulties by meeting the needs of the majority of their students. School leaders in their own capacities and through collaborative work, can implement school-wide adoption of RTI and employ various effective strategies and techniques within the RTI framework.
KHRISTINE JOYCE J. POBLETE
GUIDANCE AND TESTING CENTER
Colegio San Agustin, Makati
“We have developed a great partnership with GRACE. Their assessment tools have helped us in
evaluating our school’s curriculum needed to formulate effective programs and teaching strategies for our students’ optimum learning development. Test reports are comprehensive yet easy to understand. Best of all, their friendly staff are extremely helpful and dedicated. Keep up the great work! Thank you so much for a job well done.”
CARLO MIGUEL FERMIN, RGC, RPm
Philippine-Emirates Private School
“A very detailed GRACE Assessment results have been presented to our teachers and it helps them
gauge what the students are lacking and what needs to be improved. GRACE testing services are a big help towards the improvement of the teachers and the students. All GRACE staff are accommodating and professionals. Keep up the Good Work and More Power!”