CFA’s recently completed Catechetical Congress has built on the success of last year’s initial Congress workshop on the UbD (Understanding by Design) method, and it drew an even bigger number of participants. A total of 172 representatives, mostly nuns, educators and catechists from different dioceses and schools nationwide, attended CFA’s 22nd Annual Catechetical Congress last April 15-20 and May 13-18, 2012.
The theme of this year’s Congress was “Understanding by Design (UbD) for Christian Educators”. It provided a more intensive workshop on the UbD approach to teaching, which was introduced in last year’s congress and proved to be popular with participants. UbD is endorsed by the Department of Education as a method to facilitate better transfer of learning by focusing on the capacity of the young to understand.
Ms. Concepcion “Chuchi” Pacia served as the main resource person for the 2012 Catechetical Congress. Ms Pacia, who handles Education and English subjects at the tertiary level of Saint Pedro Poveda College, is also a Consultant for Personalized Education in the college. She also acts as consultant for academic affairs in some schools in Metro Manila and in the provinces. She is a member of the Teresian Association, a lay association of the Church dedicated to education and culture as a means of transforming society.
During her three-day workshop, Ms. Pacia discussed in detail the important aspects of UBD such as backward planning and design, essential questions, evidence of understanding, types of evidence, learning plan, and checking traces of UBD implementation in classroom activities. A workshop activity preceded every lecture, providing participants with the opportunity to put into actual practice the theories and principles they have learned. Ms. Pacia also made it a point to meet with the participants one-on-one during the evening sessions.
The fourth day of the Congress was taken up by the lecture/workshop on “Film for Christian Educators” by CFA Training and Production Specialist Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC. He demonstrated how films can be used by the participants in their teaching and ministry. Samples of films for educational purposes were shown, analyzed and discussed.
At the end of the fourth day, the participants treated themselves to a cultural night, which is a traditional culminating activity of CFA’s yearly congress. Participants were able to share their talents and creativity to entertain each other and their audience.
On the fifth day, the participant gathered for the last time to present their plans and evaluate the 2012 Catechetical Congress. They gave an emphatic ‘two-thumbs up’ to both speakers and to the Congress itself.
The Catechetical Congress is a yearly event offered by CFA for two batches of participants during the summer months. It is organized by the CFA Catechetical Center.